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Curriculum and Courses

Refer to the Academic Catalog for a complete description of program requirements and transfer rules.

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HIM Course Descriptions 
Cognate Courses

HIM Course Descriptions
Required HIM courses:

HIMS 201.  Understanding Healthcare Organizations (3)  Introduction to origins and evolution of current healthcare delivery systems and organizational structures, healthcare terminology and language structures, common usage, acronyms, and basics uses of information in a variety of healthcare settings.  Topics also include introduction to levels of information users and information needs within a variety of healthcare organizations.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 138, INFO 201, or consent.

HIMS 250.  Department Administration in the Healthcare Setting (3)  Students learn the management skills necessary to lead a healthcare department. Emphasis is placed on communication and problem-solving as they relate to human resources, quality assurance, finance, budgeting and reimbursement.  Prerequisite: Junior standing.

HIMS 301. Healthcare Information Systems (3)   Introduction to healthcare information systems  includes management and administration systems, clinical information systems, business information systems in education and emergent system applications.   Particular emphasis is placed on automation required for emerging “paperless” environment and computer-based records.  Prerequisite: SHIM 201 or consent.

HIMS 302. Information Trends in Healthcare Systems (3)  Data, knowledge and information structures, terminological control, index language functions, regulatory determinants of data collected/stored (ex. JCAHO/HIPAA, etc.) including study of language development in healthcare systems evolution.  Prerequisite:  HIMS 301 or consent.

HIMS 412.  Ethics & Risk Management in Healthcare Information Systems (3)  Selected ethical issues, confidentiality, preservation of sensitive data, data maintenance and integrity preservation.  Prerequisite: PHIL 211,310,311, or 321 and HIMS 302 or consent.

HIMS 413.  Network Applications for Healthcare Information Systems (3)  Students explore various network configurations and functions in healthcare systems.  Emphasis is placed on the study of the latest developments and applications in electronic health records (EHR) and the implementation of the EHR in several healthcare settings.  Prerequisite: HIMS 301 or consent of instructor.

HIMS 450.  Healthcare Database Systems and Information Retrieval (3)   Database formats and structures, query techniques, document classification, managing large data collections, statistical applications in data management.  Emphasis is placed on the discovery of methods to capture data as an important institutional resource through efficient management of databases and data repositories, and on the importance of data collections that provide accurate outcome assessment. Prerequisite:  INFO 421.

HIMS 498.  Professional Practice Experience (3)  HIM students will complete a supervised professional practice in an acute-care facility or other healthcare related organization.  The student’s course of study will be reflective of current issues/topics related to the field of healthcare information management.  Students will complete a planned program of observation, study and work in selected healthcare facilities.  Students will have an opportunity to apply and articulate what they have learned in the classroom.  Prerequisite:  IMS/HIM major, senior standing, and approval of instructor. 


Cognate Courses

The cognate consists of required and elective courses selected by the student with concurrence of the advisor.  The HIM curriculum provides several choices for the IT electives as shown below.

Required IT Core Courses:

  • INFO 303 Organizational Informatics
  • CSCI 315 Networking Technology
  • CSCI 325 Fundamentals of Relational Databases
  • INFO 415 E-Commerce and the Internet
  • INFO 421 Data Warehousing
  • INFO 441 IT Project Management
  • INFO 450 Executive IT Management
  • INFO 499 Senior Seminar 
  • INFO 225 Psychological Statistics

Pick 4 of the following IT Electives:

  • INFO 201 Concepts of IMS
  • INFO 211 Microcomputer Organization
  • INFO 305 Social Informatics
  • INFO 345 Technical Presentation
  • INFO 346 Communication & New Technology
  • INFO 347 Webpage Design
  • HIMS 417 Information Security

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Division Chair
Ron Fulbright, Ph.D. 

Additional Information
HIM Program Application
HIM Recommended Course Sequence
IMS-HIM Student Worksheet
HIM Student Handbook

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