Associate of Science in Health Information Science

The Associate of Science in Health Information Science degree program is an entry-level program designed to provide students foundational knowledge in the field of health information science. The program offers a medical coding track that prepares students to become proficient medical billers and coders by providing the latest information related to medical coding, medical chart auditing, and insurance reimbursement. The program also offers a general curriculum track that prepares students to become skilled healthcare paraprofessionals who work with sensitive healthcare information in an increasingly complex digital environment.

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:

Track I - Medical Coding Emphasis

Designed to prepare students to become proficient medical billers and coders by providing the latest information related to medical coding, medical chart auditing, and insurance reimbursement.

  1. Correlate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and basic pharmacology to perform medical coding and insurance reimbursement tasks.
  2. Accurately code diagnoses and medical procedures using ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and PCT standards and guidelines.
  3. Demonstrate computer literacy skills in managing health information, paper, and electronic medical claims.
  4. Apply medicolegal principles when working with protected health information and legal and ethical standards as they relate to the medical profession.

Track II - General Curriculum Emphasis

Designed for students to meet their specific educational goals and enhance their career opportunities.

  1. Demonstrate ethical and legal standards in working with protected health information.
  2. Explain health information management technology.
  3. Practice using health information management technology to compose and maintain medical records.
  4. Conduct an information technology needs assessment of a healthcare organizational unit.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 3 years.

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The University makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program assures passage of any certification examination, acceptance by any state board, or that this program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in any state. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed, or employed.