Health Information Management, A.A.S.

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Program Director: 
Joann Miller
Office: 
HSC 2070
Phone: 
(423) 697.2582
Fax: 
(423) 493.8771

Deadline Dates

Program - 1st Monday in May of each year

Additional Forms

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The health information management program (traditional day program) prepares the student to become a health information technician (HIT). HITs must be proficient in both technical and supervisory skills. The HIT performs functions including information and data analysis; records system development maintenance, and retention; compiling health statistics and required reporting; coding and abstracting diseases and operations; assignment of MS-DRGs; protecting the confidentiality of health records in compliance with federal and state regulations, releasing of health records in compliance with federal and state regulations; and assisting the medical staff in performance improvement and research.

Primary office duties are performed with minimal contact with patients. The program consists of a combination of classroom, laboratory, and professional practice. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students who graduate are eligible to sit for a certification exam and earn the RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential, which is nationally recognized, and a requirement for many positions.

The program consists of a combination of classroom, laboratory, and professional practice designed to meet the requirements for an associate degree based on standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
(312) 233-1100
FAX (312) 233-1090

Mission

The Health Information Management Program exists to prepare competent and professional Health Information Technicians to meet the current and emerging needs of the workplace.

The Health Information Management Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Its goals are to prepare graduates as competent entry-level health information professionals for employment in various health care facilities and related organizations. Graduates are qualified to take the national certification examination for credentialing by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon successful completion of the exam, a graduate will become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). With experience, graduates are eligible to take AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam.

Effective with the Fall 2018 cohort, the Chattanooga State HIM Program no longer provides totally online programming.  Admitted HIM Program students will be required to attend either hybrid format or traditional face-to-face format classes.  Attendance at the annual half-day HIM Orientation, and for professional practice experience during working, daytime hours is a mandatory requirement of program acceptance.  Additional information will be provided at HIM Information Sessions.  The Chattanooga State HIM Program participates in an online collaborative with four other TBR community colleges in providing online HIM coursework:

  • Dyersburg State Community College
  • Roane State Community College
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Walters State Community College

HIM academic advisors meet with HIM Program Students to develop a student-specific academic plan.  Each student’s individual needs and obligations are considered when developing his / her academic plan. Online courses offered through TN eCampus are subject to an additional course delivery fee(s).

Goals

The goal of all Chattanooga State health programs is to prepare practitioners to function professionally in the health care arena and to ensure the safety of patients. Program standards are in place to assure that students have the potential to perform as entry level practitioners. These program standards are available in the Nursing & Allied Health Division office. Acceptance into a health program is contingent upon the student’s demonstrated ability to meet these standards.

The Health Information Management Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Its goals are to prepare graduates as competent entry-level health information professionals for employment in various health care facilities and related organizations. Graduates are qualified to take the national certification examination for credentialing by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon successful completion of the exam, a graduate will become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). With experience, graduates are eligible to take AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam.

Success Rates

Chattanooga State HIM Pass Rate for 2010-2011: 89%
Chattanooga State HIM Pass Rate for 2011-2012: 80%
Chattanooga State HIM Pass Rate for 2012-2013: 100%
Chattanooga State HIM Pass Rate for 2013-2014: 73%
Chattanooga State HIM Pass Rate for 2014-2015: 75%
Chattanooga State HIM Pass Rate for 2015-2016: 100%

 

Employment Opportunities: 

Some possible job titles might include Health Information Technician, Release of Information Specialist, Inpatient Coder, Outpatient Coder, Auditor, Tumor Registrar, Trauma Registrar, HIM Data Analyst, HIM Supervisor/Manager/Director.

Program Cost

First Semester (16 hours) (fall)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,207.508,595.50
Truescreen Uploading Fee17.5017.50
Truescreen Criminal Background Check30.0030.00
Textbooks (estimate)700.00700.00
Subtotal2,955.009,343.00
Second Semester (16 hours) (spring)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,207.508,595.50
Textbooks (estimate)700.00700.00
Subtotal2,907.509,295.50
Third Semester (18 hours) (fall)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,271.508,859.50
Physical Examination300.00300.00
Immunization History (estimate)100.00100.00
TB Skin Test (estimate)25.0025.00
Flu Shot (October) (estimate)25.0025.00
TCPS (estimate)No chargeNo charge
Liability Insurance (school)11.0511.05
Drug Screen (10 panel) (estimate)31.0031.00
AHIMA Student Dues (1 year)35.0035.00
Textbooks (estimate)700.00700.00
Subtotal3,498.5510,086.55
Fourth Semester (15 hours) (spring)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,175.508,463.50
Textbooks (estimate)700.00700.00
Graduation Fee25.0025.00
Certification Exam for RHIT (after graduation):
Member (Non-member 299.00)229.00229.00
Subtotal3,129.509,417.50
Total12,490.5538,142.55

Costs Disclaimer

These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.

Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.