Health Information Management Advising Tips
Health Information Management AAS Degree
Medical Information Coder/Biller Certificate
1. Many courses with an HIM prefix are only offered once per year. Some of these courses in both the certificate and the degree programs have prerequisites that include completion of all college preparatory reading, composition and math requirements indicated through placement testing and/or academic advising.
Medical Information Coder/Biller Certificate (34 credit hours)
Students may only take Medical Terminology I & II (HSC 1531 & 1532) before satisfying the reading and writing prep requirements. Also, please note that Medical Office Management (HIM 1512) requires students to complete the math prep requirements.
Health Information Management AAS Degree (67 credit hours)
Students may only take Introduction to Healthcare (HSC 1000), Medical Terminology I & II (HSC 1531 & 1532) before satisfying the reading and writing prep requirements. Students must complete the math prep requirements before taking Medical Office Management (HIM 1512) and students must complete Business Math (QMB 1001) or Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) before taking Healthcare Statistics (HIM 2214).
The College Placement Test (CPT) is administered in the SS Building, Testing Lab Room 117. The phone number is (352) 435-5009. For additional information or to take sample test, click the following link: Placement Testing Page
Once students have discussed college preparatory and general education requirements with an academic advisor in Student Services, they should contact Brandy Ziesemer, the HIM Program Manager, at email@example.com
or (352) 435-6414 to discuss program-specific advising and to complete an HIM program data sheet.
The Medical Information Coder/Biller program may qualify graduates to obtain hospital coding positions or coding positions in a large, multi-specialty physicians’ practice but these jobs generally require national certification as a Certified Coder Specialist (CCS or CPC-H) for hospital or a Certified Coder Specialist – Physician Based (CCS-P or CPC) for medical offices. Coding and billing positions in smaller physicians’ offices do not require national certification. Those students who desire national certification who are not able to complete the certificate in one year, should complete all courses necessary so that they take CPT Coding(HIM2253C), Advanced ICD-9-CM Coding (HIM2234C) and PPE II (HIM2810) the spring semester they are planning to graduate. This sequence will ensure the coding knowledge and books are current for the year in which the national exam is taken.
Graduates of the HIM AAS degree are eligible to take a national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Most hospitals will hire students without this credential but the career path is more limited for those who choose not to obtain the credential. To optimize success on this exam, all courses required for the degree that do not have an HIM prefix (except HIM 1433 which can taken earlier) should be completed before the student starts taking HIM-specific courses so that the technical knowledge required to pass the exam is current.
For the certificate and the degree, students should look at the courses required in the program and note those that are generally only offered one time per year and then check the course descriptions to determine the prerequisites for each course. Not having the prerequisites for a course may cause the student to delay graduation by a full year when the course is only offered once per year. The following are the courses for which students most frequently overlook the prerequisites or the fact that the course is only offered once per year:
HIM1512 Medical Office Management: Offered summer B only and all math preparatory requirements are a prerequisite.
HIM222C Basic ICD9-CM Coding: Offered fall only and requires: HSC1531 and HSC1532 (Medical Terminology I and II), HIM1433 (Concepts of Disease); and BSC2093C (Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab) as pre or co-requisites.
HIM2214 Healthcare Statistics: Offered fall only and requires MAT1033 (Intermediate Algebra) or QMB1001(Business Math) as prerequisites.
HIM2440 Pharmacology & Lab Analysis: Offered fall only and requires HSC1531 & HSC1532 as pre or co-requisites.
HIM2510 HIM Compliance & Performance: Offered spring only and requires HIM2110 as a prerequisite and OST2336 as either a pre or co-requisite.
HIM2234C Advanced ICD-9-CM Coding & Reimbursement: Offered spring only and requires HIM2222C as a prerequisite and BSC2094C as either a pre or co-requisite.
HIM2253C CPT Coding & Reimbursement: Offered spring only and requires HSC1532 as a prerequisite.