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Health Information Management Degree Program (HIM)

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Health Information Management - Bachelor of Science Degree

124 Semester Hours

Please note: Due to the unique requirements of a healthcare internship, students should consult the Professional Practice Experience (PPE) Handbook for important information on the program’s required internship component before selecting this major. Applicants must complete and return the Acknowledgement of Receipt of the PPE Handbook prior to enrolling in the HIM program. For questions regarding the handbook or forms, please contact the HIM Program Chair. The handbook and forms may be accessed via the links below:

 

 

Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)

English Composition

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

  • WRIT 120 - COLLEGE WRITING (4)

    WRIT 120

    COLLEGE WRITING

    Course Description

    In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.
Mathematics

Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:

  • MATH 215 - STATISTICAL CONCEPTS (4)

    MATH 215

    STATISTICAL CONCEPTS

    Course Description

    This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.
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1 Choose either MATH 115 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. Both courses can count as a general education or University elective.
Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • SCIE 244 - FOUNDATIONS OF ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (4)

    SCIE 244

    FOUNDATIONS OF ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students interested in the allied healthcare professions and focuses on gross anatomy and the function of human organ systems and how they relate to one another. Students in this course will expand their medical terminology and scientific understanding of the physiology of the human body. In addition, students will gain an understanding of general pathology as it relates to the disruption of homeostasis. This course will include a one-hour lab component.
  • SCIE 254 - HEALTH & HUMAN DISEASE (4)

    SCIE 254

    HEALTH & HUMAN DISEASE

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students pursuing allied health professions and provides an overview of human health and disease processes. Students will learn about common diseases and how they affect human health at cellular, organ, and systemic levels. Emphasis will be placed on the body as a system and how disease impacts the human body as a whole.
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • Choose coursework from the Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology disciplines, or PUAD 295 American Government in Action.
Arts and Humanities

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • HUMN 210 - INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS (2)

    HUMN 210

    INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

    Course Description

    The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
  • HUMN 211 - INTRO TO ETHICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING (2)

    HUMN 211

    INTRO TO ETHICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING

    Course Description

    The goal of this course is to help you improve your ethical analysis and reasoning skills. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing ethical arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. In this course, you will discover how to apply the following questions to your job and everyday life. Why do we need ethics if we have laws to govern our behavior' Does the majority view determine what is ethical and what is not' Are feelings, desires, and preferences reliable ethical guides' Is it ever appropriate to criticize another individual's (or culture's) ethical judgment' Are people always responsible for their actions' Do human beings have a natural tendency to good, a natural tendency to evil' both' neither' Is there a single moral code that is binding on all people, at all times, and in all places'
  • HUMN 218 - WORLD RELIGIONS (4)

    HUMN 218

    WORLD RELIGIONS

    Course Description

    A comparative study of the founders, sacred writings, beliefs and practices of some of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course enables the student to study and compare the leading religions of the world in light of their historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore faith traditions other than their own. Common themes across religions, spiritual practice, and current related cultural and political issues will also be considered.
  • HUMN 232 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (4)

    HUMN 232

    INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

    Course Description

    In this course, students will analyze works from the three major literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. Students will become familiar with standard vocabulary and approaches specific to the field of literary criticism and consider the importance of literature in contemporary society. The goal of this course is to encourage students to read for pleasure (engage with the text on an emotional level) while also moving towards a more objective consideration of literature by introducing the fundamentals of close reading and literary analysis.
  • HUMN 240 - POPULAR CULTURE (4)

    HUMN 240

    POPULAR CULTURE

    Course Description

    An introductory course that examines basic concepts in popular culture studies and the role popular arts and artifacts play in shaping cultural values. The course covers basic theories and approaches to topics like best sellers, popular music, popular art forms, cultural heroes from the sports and entertainment worlds and other popular phenomena.
  • HUMN 246 - FILM APPRECIATION (4)

    HUMN 246

    FILM APPRECIATION

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the art of film intended to enable students to become more knowledgeable, appreciative and critical viewers. The course covers the major areas of film: narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. While some film history is covered, this course emphasizes understanding key elements in the filmmaking process: scripting, filming, editing, acting, directing, promoting and distributing. Students will be required to view and write critical reviews of films screened both in and out of class.
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Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)

  • COMP 106 - INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS (1)

    COMP 106

    INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS

    Course Description

    This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.
  • COMP 108 - INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES (1)

    COMP 108

    INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES

    Course Description

    This course focuses on using databases to solve business applications.
  • PF 321 - LEARNING STRATEGIES (2)

    PF 321

    LEARNING STRATEGIES

    Course Description

    This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
  • SPCH 100 - SPEECH COMMUNICATION (4)

    SPCH 100

    SPEECH COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    A basic public speaking course intended to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing and listening.

    OR COMM 150 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (4)

    COMM 150

    INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.
  • WRIT 320 - BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING (4)

    WRIT 320

    BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING

    Course Description

    This is an advanced composition course that focuses on writing for business and professional purposes. Students will review the writing conventions commonly expected within business and professional environments, as well as strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations within those environments. Coursework includes analysis, revision, and research exercises, as well as substantial practice in composing business correspondence. The final project is an extensive, researched business proposal developed in stages and presented to the class. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and workplace experiences.

Professional Core (22 hours)

  • ACCT 215 - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (4)

    ACCT 215

    FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

    Course Description

    An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long'lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.
  • COMM 335 - COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS (4)

    COMM 335

    COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS

    Course Description

    The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.
  • HIM 150 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (2)

    HIM 150

    MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

    Course Description

    This course will introduce the foundations of medical terminology nomenclature and use. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of prefix, word root, and suffix linkages to build a broad medical vocabulary.
  • HIM 210 - CLINICAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS I (4)

    HIM 210

    CLINICAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS I

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the clinical classification systems that are used to assign codes for healthcare encounters in a variety of settings. Focus will be emphasized on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) classification system.
  • HIM 215 - CLINICAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS II (4)

    HIM 215

    CLINICAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS II

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the clinical classification systems that are used to assign codes for healthcare encounters in a variety of settings. Focus will be emphasized on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Manual, Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), and other common classification systems.
  • HIM 250 - MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT (4)

    HIM 250

    MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of the common healthcare reimbursement methodologies used in the United States to pay for services. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and applying correct methodologies based on patient encounter type.

University Electives (29 hours)

  • Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Major Area (37 hours)

  • HCM 320 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I (4)

    HCM 320

    HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I

    Course Description

    This is the first of two healthcare finance courses. Healthcare Financial Management I begins with an introduction to healthcare finance and a description of the current financial environment in which healthcare organizations function. It then will explore the basics of financial and managerial accounting, presenting concepts that are critical to making sound financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of the organization.
  • HCM 422 - HEALTHCARE OUTCOMES & QUALITY MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 422

    HEALTHCARE OUTCOMES & QUALITY MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course will explore the essential principles and techniques of quality improvement applied to patient care and the management of services in healthcare organizations. The importance of quality management in leadership of organizations will be emphasized. Topics include fundamentals of quality management, system thinking and goal setting, improvement theories, data collection, statistical tools, medical errors and reporting, public perceptions and organizational accountability.
  • HIM 300 - INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (4)

    HIM 300

    INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course introduces students to the foundations of the Health Information Management profession and competencies, along with the management, legal, and ethical challenges that affect the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Students will challenged by the dynamic landscape of healthcare, the intricacies of leadership in a diverse environment, and the issues of managing employees within a healthcare organization.
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  • HIM 300A - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP SCREENING (0)

    HIM 300A

    HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP SCREENING

    Course Description

    This is a mandatory co-requisite with HIM 300 for HIM Program Majors ONLY. All HIM students are required to complete an immunization and criminal background screening prior to enrolling in HIM 497 - Professional Practice Experience in Health Information Management. The $150 fee for this course is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • HIM 320 - HEALTH DATA (4)

    HIM 320

    HEALTH DATA

    Course Description

    This course introduces students to various types, definitions, relationships, uses, and interpretations of data derived from healthcare functions and processes. Students will explore information standards and representations of health data that are commonly used for patient care, reporting, reimbursement, and quality improvement programs.
  • HIM 350 - HEALTH INFORMATICS (4)

    HIM 350

    HEALTH INFORMATICS

    Course Description

    This course will cover the history of health informatics, design and challenges of informatics infrastructure, and current issues. Topics will include HIPAA and other legislation, application of electronic health records, and other clinical and administrative applications of health information systems.
  • HIM 470 - HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (4)

    HIM 470

    HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    This course examines healthcare organizations from the perspective of managing the information systems that exist within the enterprise. Identifying the clinical and healthcare delivery processes and how they relate to information systems is a main focus. The intent of the course is to identify the key issues confronting the management of healthcare information systems today, examine their causes, and develop reasonable solutions to these issues. Specific federal regulations, vendor solutions, and financial implications as they relate to healthcare information systems are also examined.
  • HIM 485 - APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2)

    HIM 485

    APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    This course will require the student to apply Health Information Management software, tools, and techniques to authentic healthcare situations and problems. Emphasis will be on the applications of electronic health records, common data tools and reports, and the appropriate analysis for decision-making.
  • HIM 497 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (4)

    HIM 497

    PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    The Professional Practice Experience (PPE) in Health Information Management is the culmination and demonstration of achieved competencies within the HIM curriculum. Students are required to select an appropriate site (e.g., hospital, clinic, insurance company, government or regulatory agency, software vendor, etc.) in consultation with the HIM Program Chair, and to develop a significant HIM project, research study, or other applicable endeavor that measures their mastery of established HIM program outcomes. The typical PPE will consist of a minimum of 80 on-site hours, with an additional 20-40 hours of coursework. Students are expected to meet with the HIM Program Chair and the PPE Site Manager periodically during this course to document satisfactory progress. All PPE proposals must be approved by the Program Chair and should be submitted no later than 12 weeks prior to the course start date. Students should consult the HIM PPE Handbook for more detailed information.
  • HIM 498 - RHIA EXAM PREPARATION (1)

    HIM 498

    RHIA EXAM PREPARATION

    Course Description

    This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Emphasis will be on best test-taking practices, the application of critical thinking to solving complex scenarios, and reinforcing RHIA domain competencies.
  • SCIE 264 - INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY (2)

    SCIE 264

    INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

    Course Description

    This course is intended for allied health students as an introduction to the study of pharmacology. Students will examine the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in the major drug categories. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics will be explored in detail.
1 Payment of the Health Information Management Internship and Screening fee ($150) is due upon registration for HIM 300. Please see the PPE Handbook for more information.

Major Electives (4 hours)

Select 4 hours from the following: 

  • HCM 340 - COMMUNITY HEALTH (4)

    HCM 340

    COMMUNITY HEALTH

    Course Description

    Declining reimbursement impacts the role healthcare organizations play in community health and disease prevention. This course focuses on specific strategies healthcare managers can use to benefit the health of communities. Topics include the role of healthcare stakeholders in promoting community health, connecting with the community, and community benefit standards.
  • HCM 432 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II (4)

    HCM 432

    HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II

    Course Description

    An extension of Healthcare Financial Management I, this course offers an advanced and in-depth look at how healthcare managers can apply financial management theory and principles learned in Healthcare Financial Management I to make sound decisions in an ever changing healthcare economic climate. The course will be supplemented by case studies which will focus on topics contained in the course.
  • HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 442

    LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
  • HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 472

    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

Additional Requirements

  • All students are required to pass College Writing (WRIT 120), either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) and either Speech Communication (SPCH 100) or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) prior to enrolling in any other course at the 200 level or above. Either PF 121 or PF 321 must be taken prior to the first BLF course, or it may be taken concurrently with the first 15-week BLF course. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) in place of Learning Strategies (PF 321). Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

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