Certificate Programs

Also consider one of our minors or certificates in Allied Health. For example, you could earn a certificate in health information privacy and security.

HIIM Certificate Programs

 Note: All courses are not offered each semester.

Description of Ceritification

The Health Information Privacy and Security Certificate Program will assist the student learn skills needed to apply the principles of privacy and security of data in the health care industry.

Upon completion of the certificate program, the student will be able to:
•    Demonstrate a choice to focus and advance by specializing in the privacy and security dimensions of health care
•    Denote competence in designing, implementing, and administering comprehensive privacy and security protection programs in all types of health care organizations
•    Monitor an organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
•    Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
•    Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
•    Research the latest IT security trends
•    Help plan and carry out an organization’s way of handling security
•    Develop security standards and best practices for the organization
•    Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
•    Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

 

Curriculum

Prior to beginning the curriculum, students must provide official proof that the following course has been satisfactorily completed:

    CGS 2060CE Computer Literacy I
    MAN 2543 Intro to Business Systems

Students who successfully complete the courses listed below with a C or better are qualified to receive the Health Information Privacy and Security Certificate. Students interested in receiving the Certificate must submit an application upon completion of the required coursework.

HIM 3016  Legal Aspects of Health Information Management (3 hours)
HIM 4465  Healthcare Informatics (3 hours)
HIM 4656  Health Information Systems (3 hours)
HIM 4426 Health Information Privacy and Security
CIS 4360  Introduction to Computer Security (3 hours)

Description of Certification

The Medical Coding Certificate Program will assist the student learn the basic skills needed to become an entry-level coding professional. Coding professionals abstract clinical data from health records and assign appropriate medical codes. These codes are used for reimbursement, planning, and research.

Upon completion of the certificate program, the student will be able to:

Upon completion of the certificate program, the student will be able to:
•    Accurately apply diagnosis and procedure codes utilizing ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT,     and HCPCS
•    Interpret coding guidelines for accurate code assignment
•    Identify the importance of documentation on code assignment and the subsequent  impact on reimbursement
•    Practice AHIMA's Standards of Ethical Coding

Students who successfully complete the curriculum will receive a Medical Coding Certificate and may choose to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

 

Curriculum

Prior to beginning the curriculum, students must provide official proof that the following pre-requisite courses have been satisfactorily completed:
    HSC 3531 - Medical Terminology
    BSC 2093 - Anatomy and Physiology I (lab not required)
    BSC 2094 - Anatomy and Physiology II (lab not required)

 Students who successfully complete the courses listed below with a C or better are qualified to receive the Medical Coding Certificate. Students interested in receiving the Certificate must submit an application upon completion of the required coursework.

HIM 3437 Fundamentals of Medical Science I (3 hours)
    OR NUR 3125 Pathophysiology and Nursing Care (3 hours)
    OR PHA 3581 Pathophysiology I (4 hours)
HIM 3438 Fundamentals of Medical Science II (3 hours)
    OR PHA 3583 Pathophysiology II (4 hours)
    HIM 4226 Clinical Classifications and Terminologies I (3 hours)
HIM 4286 Clinical Classifications and Terminologies II (3 hours)