Director of Healthcare Business
Carla Dirkschneider, M.S., RHIA
PH 402.552.6295  TF 800.647.5500 
dirkschneider@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

Clarkson College recognizes the vast changes that have evolved in the health care industry in recent years. National statistics and labor predictions show that over the next decade, many health care roles will be redefined and newly created. These will be among the fastest-growing opportunities in the workforce. Health care professionals serving within the industry will be required to adjust to these environmental changes. Those entering the profession will be expected to possess new skills and talents to be productive employees.

The health information management programs are designed to develop the knowledge, leadership and critical thinking skills for individuals to become successful in HIM and health care work environments. Program options range from certificate programs in Coding and Data Analytics to a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Administration. Clarkson College also has associate and bachelor's degrees in Health Information Management. We’ll help you choose an educational plan that is right for you. And since many of our programs are offered online, you’ll have as much flexibility and convenience as you need.

Mission

The mission of the Health Information Management programs is to prepare students for entry-level to advanced roles in healthcare delivery systems through high quality, ethical and compassionate health information management education.

Undergraduate Health Information Management Courses

This is an introductory course into the field of health information management. An overview of the profession, credentials, and job functions will be explored. Students will discuss the content, structure, and functions of health records, as well as documentation requirements and standards, primary and secondary data sources, the use and disclosure of health information, and explore different stakeholders in the delivery of healthcare services.

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This course is a study of concepts and practices of pharmacology and methods of drug administration. Legal and ethical issues of medication administration are also discussed.

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This course focuses on the management of data as a valuable resource for an organization. Students will learn the basics of managing data including the data dictionary as a means of achieving data integrity. Standards for health information exchange will also be explored.

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This course prepares students to develop skills related to healthcare research, analysis tools, data analysis, and data visualization. Class activities provide students the opportunity to practice statistics and data analysis for real-life applications in healthcare. Students will also learn how to effectively present data using appropriate visual tools.

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This course is designed to teach important concepts about human anatomy and physiology in preparation for degree coursework. It focuses on the structure and function of organs and their relationship to one another.

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This course is a study of the nature and cause of disease. This includes the study of the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic evaluation procedures, complications, treatment, prognosis, prevention, and advanced medical terminology. Students apply the knowledge learned and utilize their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

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This course is an introduction to ICD-10-CM/PCS. This course will focus on guidelines and appropriate use of ICD-10-CM/PCS classification systems to select appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes. Students will be introduced to official coding reference material and regulatory concepts.

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This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of informatics concepts related to the management of health information. Emphasis will be placed on consumer engagement, security strategies, compliance requirements and standards for the exchange of health information.

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This course provides an in-depth review of the legal requirements regarding health records and the healthcare regulatory environment including topics such as HIPAA, federal fraud and abuse laws, access and disclosure requirements, risk management, and Joint Commission/CMS standards. This course will also discuss healthcare ethics and consequences of a breach of ethics.

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This course will focus on appropriate use of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code book and application of CPT coding guidelines for appropriate procedure code selection. Lessons on modifiers and HCPCS Level I and II coding are included. Diagnosis codes using ICD-10-CM will also be applied.

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This course is a concentration on classification systems and their relationship with the healthcare reimbursement process. Students will be introduced to classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures and will evaluate their assignment and grouping. Components of the revenue cycle process will be explored and evaluated, along with how organizations manage and comply with reimbursement methodologies and regulatory requirements.

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This course explores the application of informatics to health information management. Topics include ethics, project management methodologies, standards for health information exchange, computer technologies, compliance, and security.

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This course will emphasize legal and regulatory requirements for health information throughout the healthcare organization. Risk management, compliance, privacy and security, and health policy will be covered in depth, as well as external trends and regulations that affect health information compliance.

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This course provides students an opportunity to apply didactic coursework and gain practical experience in an HIM setting. The course will be split into two distinct sections, where students will work with an HIM professional in a healthcare setting as well as participate in a virtual practicum utilizing AHIMA’s Virtual Lab.

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This course focuses on aspects related to data management and the use of data for decision making. Students will examine the use of policies, strategies, data sets, and standards to achieve data integrity and ensure compliance. Topics relate to data structure, storage, retrieval, and analysis. Additionally, students will interact with a relational database system to design and implement a database in which they will practice SQL to input, populate, and retrieve data.

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This assessment course is designed as a review for the RHIT certification exam. Through this course, the student will register for and complete the RHIT certification exam through AHIMA’s early testing option. This course is taken in the student’s final semester of study.

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This assessment course is designed as a review for the RHIA certification exam. Through this course, you will register for and complete the RHIA certification exam through AHIMA’s early testing option. This course is taken in the student’s final semester of study.

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This course provides students an opportunity to apply advanced didactic coursework and gain practical experience in an HIM setting. Students will work in a management capacity with an HIM professional in a healthcare setting, as well as complete advanced HIM course projects.

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Last updated: 04/14/2022