Associate - Health Information Management

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Does your professional goal include applying your administrative and technical skills within the healthcare industry? If so, then you might benefit from the curriculum offered in Herzing University's Associate of Science in Health Information Management program. Continue reading for more information about this associate degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Herzing University's Associate of Science in Health Information Management program is designed to offer fundamental studies in the aspects of healthcare technology. In required courses, you will have the opportunity to study healthcare delivery systems, healthcare system structures, electronic health record formats, data collection and management, healthcare regulations, code sets and classification systems, healthcare data analysis, and audit processes. You will also have the chance to study basic and intermediate diagnosis and procedure coding for various types of healthcare services. The program also offers a supervised internship, which will allow you to work firsthand with healthcare information systems. You can choose to take this program online or attend a Herzing University campus.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before enrolling in the Associate of Science in Health Information Management program, you should have strong computer, analytical, and organizational skills and a desire to work in a healthcare setting. Though requirements may vary, you should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Herzing University's Associate of Science in Health Information Management program consists of 63 credits. This credit total reflects 32 credits in required courses, 29 credits in general education coursework, and two credits in personal and professional development.

Required Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
HC 115 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals
HI 105 Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems
HI 210 Principles of Health Information Management
HI 215 Fundamentals of Healthcare Law and Ethics for Health Information Management Professionals
HI 225 Foundations of Classification, Compliance, and Reimbursement Methodologies in Health Information Management
HI 230 Foundations of Healthcare Quality, Statistics, and Performance Improvement
HI 296 Professional Practice Internship
MC 171 Basic Diagnosis Coding
MC 172 Basic Procedure Coding
MC 173 Intermediate Diagnosis Coding
MC 174 Intermediate Procedure Coding
MO 150 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
MO 150L Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Lab

General Education Courses

Course InfoCourse Title
Choose eight semester credit hoursAnatomy and Physiology with Lab
Choose one semester credit hour Information Literacy
Choose three semester credit hoursEnglish Composition or Literature
Choose three semester credit hours Speech
Choose four semester credit hours Computer Applications
Choose four semester credit hoursMathematics (College Algebra or above)
Choose three semester credit hours Social or Behavioral Science
Choose three semester credit hours Natural Science or Humanities with a Critical Thinking Focus

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
PD 121 Professional Development I
PD 202 Professional Development II
PD 213 Health Information Management Internship Preparation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Herzing University's Associate of Science in Health Information Management program, you might possess the skills to seek entry-level positions in medical settings or other healthcare-related environments. You might seek these positions in hospitals, clinics, managed care companies, insurance companies, medical billing companies, medical software development companies, or long-term care facilities. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Health Coder
  • Patient Registrar
  • Medical Records Technician

Advanced Degrees

While completion of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management program could prepare you for entry-level employment in the field, you might decide to pursue a bachelor's degree after graduation. A four-year degree might help to prepare you for supervisory or managerial positions in a healthcare setting. Examples of degrees you could seek include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Informatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management