Associate of Science in Health Information Science

This program is an entry-level program designed to provide students a foundational knowledge in 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 to prepare students to become health-care paraprofessionals with the skills to work with sensitive healthcare information in an increasingly complex digital environment while also allowing a focus on their specific educational goals.

To achieve the objective of this program, the following learning outcomes have been established:

Track I - Medical Coding Emphasis

Graduates of the associate of science degree program in Health Information Science with a medical coding emphasis will:

  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

Graduates of the associate of science degree program in Health Information Science with a general curriculum emphasis will:

  1. Utilize ethical and legal standards in working with protected health information.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the composition, development, organization and maintenance of electronic health records utilizing health information management technology.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills needed to prioritize, anticipate and analyze problems associated with health-care information management and implement solutions.
  4. Conduct an information technology needs assessment of a health-care organizational unit.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 3 years.

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*Minnesota residents who enroll at CSU are required to complete 30 semester credit hours of general education.  To meet program requirements and these general education requirements, residents will be required to complete a total of 69 semester credit hours in the Health Information Science program.  Please see the General Education information which specifies requirements for that state.  Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor.

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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.

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