Healthcare Informatics

Introduction

Healthcare Informatics focuses on the management, analysis and reporting of data and information from healthcare systems including hospitals, medical offices, health insurance plans, government healthcare providers and medical research facilities, with the goal of using such data to improve patient care delivery. Students are prepared to turn healthcare data into useful information which will help improve patient care and enhance fiscal and system efficiencies. This is accomplished by creating or implementing databases and other technology systems, recommending informatics solutions, and effectively collecting, storing, and accessing medical data for operational assessment. Students will understand and use data interfaces within and amongst healthcare department and providers.

The program is offered as a College Certificate, Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science options and are offered on an evening/weekend format.

All graduates may apply to write the national certification examinations* administered by American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM) and the Certified Health Informatics Systems Professional (CHISP). Graduates of the Certificate and Bachelor’s programs may also write the national certification examinations* administered by Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS); and administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); Certified Professional in Health Informatics (CPHI™).

*Certification requirements include certain professional years of experience to sit for exam.


AAS Associate Program
Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies | Health Information Management

The Associate degree program focuses on many of the same healthcare informatics curriculum goals found within the certificate program. However, since students are entering college for the first time, the program also emphasizes computer science courses, mathematics and liberal arts. Students entering the healthcare field with an Associate degree will operate in a support role to existing systems and workflows within healthcare informatics settings. Graduates of this program will develop skills leading to positions as Healthcare Informatics Research Assistants and Healthcare Systems Analysts.


HCI Program Learning Outcomes

Healthcare Informatics Student Spotlight


PROGRAM STATISTICS

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The nationwide demand for health data analysts will increase by 20 percent through 2018.

The rise of Electronic Health Records (EHR) increases the demand for technicians to manage the data.

 

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma with a minimum overall average of 80% or a GED with a score of 2625.
  • High school courses in biology and algebra. Those lacking one or more of the high school courses must take a college equivalent course and receive a grade of at least 2.0. These courses must be taken prior to the start of the first semester or within the first semester of study.
  • A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer credit.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Program Format:

Time of Program: Evening/Weekends

Mode of Delivery: On-site seated

Normal Time to Completion: 24 months

Minimum Degree Requirements:

A total of at least 65 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0.

General Education Core Requirements:

Basic Communications (7 credits): EN101, EN200, and GS100* or GS102*

Humanities (3 credits) PH205

Natural Science (4 credits): BIO109/BIO109L*

Quantitative Analysis (6 credits): MA107* and MA200*

Social Science (6 credits): EC202 and PSY101

Program Requirements*

BU106, BU132, CNA105, HCI101, HCI102, HCI210, HIT103, HIT104, HIT201, HIT202, HIT208, HIT218, MB119

* A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required.

Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program for the academic core courses and 15 credits for General Education courses. Candidates who have work experience in the fields of computer science,

engineering, business or healthcare may qualify for course credit.

A student may earn up to 15 credits through the college level examination program (CLEP), Excelsior Exams and DSST exams. A student cannot duplicate earned credit through an exam. In sequential courses a student who has taken a higher level course cannot earn credit by taking an exam for a lower level course.

 

 

 

  • Information Technology I
    3
  • Introduction to Computer Networking
    4
  • English Composition
    3
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
    3
  • Medical Terminology
    3

Semester 1

17 /19

  • Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
    3
  • Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
    1
  • Business Communications I
    3
  • Healthcare Systems and Operations
    3
  • Health Information Systems
    3
  • Legal Aspects of Health Information
    3
  • Logical Reasoning and Decision Making
    3

Semester 2

19

  • Advanced Composition
    3
  • Health Statistics and Data Analytics
    3
  • Healthcare Reimbursement
    3
  • Statistical Methods
    3
  • General Psychology
    3

Semester 3

15

  • Principles of Microeconomics
    3
  • Healthcare Informatics Data Standards
    3
  • Management Principles for Health Professionals
    3
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement
    2
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3

Semester 4

14

BS Baccalaureate Program
Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies | Health Information Management

The Baccalaureate degree program in addition to expanding the curriculum learned within the Associate degree program in healthcare informatics and liberal arts will teach management and organizational skills leading graduates to positions as Decision Support Managers, Project Managers, Project Designers, and/or Research Managers.

Clinical Practicum (Internship)

Students in the certificate and bachelor’s program have the option to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program in an offsite healthcare informatics setting. This non-paid internship is typically offered during the day, during regular business hours. Every effort is made to accommodate students’ work schedules so they will be able to complete the required hours. Transportation, parking and other costs related to the practicum site is the responsibility of the student.


HCI Program Learning Outcomes


PROGRAM STATISTICS

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The nationwide demand for health data analysts will increase by 20 percent through 2018.

The rise of Electronic Health Records (EHR) increases the demand for technicians to manage the data.

 

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma with a minimum overall average of 80% or a GED with a score of 2625.
  • High school courses in biology and algebra. Those lacking one or more of the high school courses must take a college equivalent course and receive a grade of 2.0. These courses must be taken prior to the start of the first semester or within the first semester of study.
  • A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer credit.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Program Format:

Time of Program: Evening/Weekends

Mode of Delivery: On-site seated

Normal Time to Completion: 48 months

Minimum Degree Requirements:

A total of at least 122 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0.

General Education Core Requirements:

Basic Communications (10 credits): EN101, EN200, EN300, GS100* or GS102*

Humanities (15 credits): Humanities Electives (9 credits), PH205 and PH350

Natural Science (4 credits): BIO109/BIO109L*

Quantitative Analysis (9 credit): MA107*, MA200*, MA455*

Social Science (24 credits): EC202, PSY101, PSY320 and Social Science Electives (15 credits)

Program Requirements*

BU106, BU132, BU300, CNA105, HCI101, HCI102, HCI210, HCI300, HCI310, HCI320, HCI330, HCI400, HCI410, HIT103, HIT104, HIT201, HIT202, HIT208, HIT218, MB119

* A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required.

Up to 30 credits can be transferred into the program for the academic core courses and 30 credits for General Education courses. Candidates who have work experience in the fields of computer science, engineering, business or healthcare may qualify for course credit.

A student may earn up to 30 credits through the college level examination program (CLEP), Excelsior Exams and DSST exams. A student cannot duplicate

  • Information Technology I
    3
  • Introduction to Computer Networking
    4
  • English Composition
    3
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
    3
  • Medical Terminology
    3

Semester 1

17 /19

  • Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
    3
  • Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
    1
  • Business Communications I
    3
  • Healthcare Systems and Operations
    3
  • Health Information Systems
    3
  • Legal Aspects of Health Information
    3
  • Logical Reasoning and Decision Making
    3

Semester 2

19

  • Advanced Composition
    3
  • Health Statistics and Data Analytics
    3
  • Healthcare Reimbursement
    3
  • Statistical Methods
    3
  • General Psychology
    3

Semester 3

15

  • Principles of Microeconomics
    3
  • Healthcare Informatics Data Standards
    3
  • Management Principles for Health Professionals
    3
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement
    2
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3

Semester 4

14

  • Project Management
    3
  • Public Relations Writing
    3
  • Business Systems Analysis and Design in Healthcare
    3
  • Healthcare Administration and Management
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 5

15

  • Healthcare Leadership and Change Management
    3
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
    3
  • Humanities Elective
    3
  • Research Methods: Techniques and Designs
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 6

15

  • Database Healthcare Management Systems
    3
  • Humanities Elective
    3
  • Quantitative Research Methods
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 7

15

  • Healthcare Informatics Practicum
    3
  • Humanities Elective
    3
  • Topics in Bioethics
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 8

12

Certificate Program
Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies | Health Information Management

The certificate program is designed for those who have earned a baccalaureate degree in healthcare, engineering, business or computer science. Depending on the baccalaureate previously obtained, upon graduation from the certificate program students may enter professional fields in Nursing Informatics, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Informatics, or Bioinformatics.

Clinical Practicum (Internship)

Students in the certificate and bachelor’s program have the option to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program in an offsite healthcare informatics setting. This non-paid internship is typically offered during the day, during regular business hours. Every effort is made to accommodate students’ work schedules so they will be able to complete the required hours. Transportation, parking and other costs related to the practicum site is the responsibility of the student.


HCI Program Learning Outcomes


PROGRAM STATISTICS

%20

The nationwide demand for health data analysts will increase by 20 percent through 2018.

The rise of Electronic Health Records (EHR) increases the demand for technicians to manage the data.

 

Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, typically in the fields of healthcare, business, engineering or computer science
  • High school or college-level biology and algebra.
  • A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer credit.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Program Format:

Time of Program: Evening/Weekends

Mode of Delivery: On-site seated

Normal Time to Completion: 12 months

Minimum Certificate Requirements:

A total of 35 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0.

Program Requirements*

BU300, HCI101, HCI102, HCI210, HCI300,HCI310, HCI330, HCI400, HCI410, HIT104, HIT208, MA455

* A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required.

A total of 15 credits (no more than 50%) can be transferred into the program through college study or work experience in the fields of computer science, engineering, business or healthcare. These credits may be earned through the College Level Examination program (CLEP), Excelsior Exams and/or DANTES College Examinations (DSST). A student cannot duplicate earned credit through an exam. In sequential courses a student who has taken a higher level course cannot earn credit by taking an exam for a lower level course.

  • Project Management I
    3
  • Healthcare Systems and Operations
    3
  • Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
    3
  • Healthcare Informatics Data Standards
    3
  • Legal Aspects of Health Information
    3
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement
    2

Semester 1

17

  • Business Systems Analysis and Design in Healthcare
    3
  • Healthcare Administration and Management
    3
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
    3
  • Database Healthcare Management Systems
    3
  • Healthcare Informatics Practicum
    3
  • Quantitative Research Methods
    3

Semester 2

18