Course Descriptions - Health Information Technology

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2015-2016 College Catalog

HI110 - Introduction to US Healthcare (3 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to the multiple systems that define, describe, and shape the delivery of healthcare in the United States.  Using case studies and presentations of major issues, this course will give the learner an appreciation of the dilemma confronting policy makers, providers, and patients: how to balance cost, quality, and access.  We will examine specific healthcare issues such as access and disparity, healthcare professions, facilities, managed care organizations, and government healthcare programs.  We will also discuss policy changes impacting on American healthcare in the past century.  (Offered in the fall and spring)

HI120 - Medical Terminology (3 Credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. This course introduces the student to the basic rules for interpreting, constructing, and spelling medical terms. Emphasis is upon learning word roots, prefixes and suffixes and how they are combined rather than learning each individual term. (Offered in the spring)

HI130 - Introduction to Health Information Technology (4 Credits)
This course is designed to explore the use of information systems in healthcare. Students will be introduced to the information systems and their applications in healthcare. The fundamentals of information systems, including Electronic Health Record, will be explored. Students will become familiar with information systems used for managerial and clinical support  Information security will be discussed. (Offered in the fall and spring)

HI210 - Electronic Health Records (4 Credits)
This course provides a practical experience with a laboratory component (utilizing the VistA for Education program) that will address approaches to assessing, selecting, and configuring Electronic Health Records to meet the specific needs of customers and end-users.  In addition, this course provides an overview of the most popular vendor systems highlighting the features of each as they would relate to practical deployments, and noting differences between the systems. (Offered in the spring)

HI310 - Medical Coding, Classification and Communication (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to the study and practice of procedural medical coding using ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM (Revisions 9 and 10 of the International Classification of Diseases), and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology). Topics include ICD and CPT coding rules, conventions, and guidelines in complex case studies. Additional topics include the investigation of government regulations and changes in healthcare reporting. (Offered in the spring)

HI330 - Introduction to Healthcare Databases (4 Credits)
This course introduces students to the principles of data management in the context of Health Information Technology (HIT).  The emphasis is on practical database experience reinforced through assignments and weekly laboratory work.  Students learn first to work with a workstation-based database system and subsequently they are introduced to the design of databases and their implementation in relational systems.  Topics include tables, queries, forms, reports, importing and exporting data, structured query language, entity relationship models, the relational data model, and normalization of databases. Examples, assignments, and laboratory work are drawn from hospital and other HIT environments. (Offered in the fall)

HI410 - Topics in HIT Employment Readiness (4 Credits)
This course is divided into two components, each focused on preparing students for work in HIT.  Part 1 is a technical component that further develops database management concepts that deal with installation of DBMS software in hospital settings.  Students are given hands-on experience with building and using healthcare databases, including managing users, physical storage, and database performance.  Part 2 is a seminar component focused on the transition from HIT student to HIT professional. (Offered in the spring)

HI430 - Healthcare Compliance (3 Credits)
This course will cover the fundamentals of healthcare compliance administration from an IT perspective.  A major focus of the course will be a thorough understanding of the HIPAA privacy laws as related to the role of HIT professionals.  Specific topics include network and email security as related to healthcare compliance under HIPAA. (Offered in the fall)

HI445 - Professional Experience (Practicum) (4 Credits)
Students are placed in a hospital information technology (or other suitable) department to gain experience in a professional working environment.  Students are responsible for various assigned duties depending on the placement. (Offered in the spring)

HI450 - Capstone Project (4 Credits)
In this course students work in teams to design and complete a full semester project in Health Information Technology.  The course will guide students in defining a complex problem and developing a workable solution. The professor will identify an array of potential project areas for student consideration, who will then be assigned an area based on preference, skills and team size.  To the degree possible, students will get their top choices of project areas. (Offered in the spring)

TS201 - Environmental Science (3 Credits)
An introduction to general science and 21st century issues faced. Topics include earth’s systems and resources, water and land use, the living world, population and pollution. The course focuses on energy resources and consumption as a prerequisite to the study of photovoltaics and renewable energies. (Offered in the fall)

TS240 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 Credits)
This course is an introduction to the basic structure and function of the various organ systems of the human body.  Topics include normal versus pathological anatomy and physiology, examination of basic properties of nerves and muscles and their relationships to the central nervous system, and study of various functions of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and urinary systems. (Offered in the fall)  

TS242 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to the principles of human pathophysiology and drug action. The basic mechanisms of organ function in disease are presented and analyzed, and strategies for designing drug-based therapeutic interventions are explored. The course is organized around seven exemplary areas of human physiology and disease mechanisms and the therapeutic strategies used to intervene in human disease pathways. (Offered in the spring)

TS310 - General Chemistry (4 Credits)
Introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry including atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table of the elements, chemical bonding, molecular structure, and states of matter based on kinetic theory. Laboratory work presents an introduction to methods of quantitative chemical techniques. (Offered in the fall)

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