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

Introduction

Clarkson College recognizes the structural 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 Health Care Informatics 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 Care Business programs is to prepare students for leadership roles in health care delivery systems through high quality, ethical and compassionate health business 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. The course will also discuss the content, structure, and functions of health records, as well as documentation requirements and standards, primary and secondary data sources, and the use and disclosure of health information.

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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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The course is designed to teach important concepts about human anatomy and physiology. The course provides an introduction to anatomical terminology and the organization of the human body followed by a systemic approach to the structure, function and organization of the human body.

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

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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 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 focuses on the management of data as a valuable resource for an organization. Students will learn the basics of creating data structure and maintaining data accuracy, as well as how to use data to support the operation of an organization.

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This course is designed to study 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. Through lecture, text readings, class discussion, and other activities, students apply the knowledge learned and utilize their critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

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This course will focus on appropriate use of the CPT classification and application of CPT coding guidelines for appropriate procedure code and modifier selection using operative reports and medical records. Lessons on HCPCS Level II coding are included.

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This course is an advanced study in ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT. This course will also focus on reimbursement systems, MS-DRG and APC grouping, case mix index, physician queries, mapping, and present on admission indicators. To develop skills, students will use the ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT books, and/or encoders to code physician office, ambulatory, and inpatient facility records.

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This introductory course provides an overview of health care computer information systems. Topics related to hardware, software and operating systems will be explored and discussed. In addition, students will examine high-level information related to data management, systems development, the application and integration of information technology and the management of computer systems in a health care setting.

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This course provides students an opportunity to apply didactic coursework through practical application in an HIM setting. The course will be split into two distinct sections, where students will work with an HIM professional in a clinical setting as well as participate in a virtual practicum utilizing AHIMA’s Virtual Lab. This course is also a dedicated service course and will include a service activity.

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This course will emphasize the planning and management of information systems and its strategic alignment with organizational objectives. Major clinical applications, information architectures, data storage, data retrieval, data analysis, current trends and emerging technologies will be covered. Course topics will focus on database development, data standards, security, legal and ethical issues related to the use and management of information systems in the electronic health record.

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This assessment course is designed as a review for the RHIT certification exam. Through this course, you will register for and complete the RHIT certification exam through AHIMA’s early testing option.

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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.

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This course covers advanced concepts of data management and analysis. Topics related to data including governance, integrity, collection, extraction techniques, abstraction, mining and analysis for decision making will be covered. The use of data analytics to support organizational strategic objectives will be emphasized.

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This course provides field experience in a health care-related organization under the supervision of selected site supervisors and faculty. This experience is an opportunity to apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom to real-world health information management situations.

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As a culmination of prior courses, the Capstone course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice proficiencies with various theories and concepts related to their field of expertise. There will be a required service component for this course to include a presentation given to the HIM communities of interest.

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Last updated: 05/25/2018