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According to the AHIMA web site, Health Information Management (HIM) is a rapidly growing field within health care. This profession has been cited by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics to have an expected increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

The HIM specialist has the critical job of linking health care professionals via patient information. This involves securing, analyzing, integrating, and managing information in the health care industry. Learn more about HIM careers.

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What is Health Information Management?

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care.

Health information management professionals work in a variety of different settings and job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch-point in the healthcare delivery cycle. Having skilled HIM professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.

HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records.

A career in HIM is right for you if you:

  • See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities.
  • Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients.
  • Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers.
  • Enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives.
  • Want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both.

HIM programs incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, HIM graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.

Our curriculum combines didactic courses on the University campus with supervised laboratory experience in selected clinical settings during the course of study. For more information please see the American Health Information Management Association website.

For more information about the Health Information Management Program, please contact Christine Staropoli, Program Director, at 215-542-4660 or e-mail at staropoli.c@gmc.edu

Learn more about the history of AHIMA and Health Information Management.

Detailed description of Health Information Management Program (PDF-303kb)

 

HIM Program Outcomes

Associates Level: 
2010 - 2011 Most recent available data for the Annual Program Assessment Report (APAR)
Graduation Rate - 100%
Placement Rate  - 80%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate - 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate - 100% 

Bachelor’s Level: 
2010 - 2011 Most recent available data for the Annual Program Assessment Report (APAR)
Graduation Rate - 100%
Placement Rate  - 100%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate - 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate - 100% 

 

Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a program accredited by the CAHIIM leading to an associate degree. Currently we offer a full-time day time, and part-time, evening program.

It is designed to prepare the student to function effectively in a technical manner in health information departments in a wide variety of health care settings. These settings include: ambulatory care, rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol facilities, local health departments, third-party payers, pharmaceutical companies, acute care, as well as other health care related organizations such as insurance companies, consulting firms and technology companies.

Curriculum requirements in the core concentration must be taken at Gwynedd Mercy University. General education credits will be reviewed and accepted if they meet Gwynedd Mercy University requirements.

During the course of study, students learn the theory of health information systems and experience clinical affiliations in sites where practical application of theory takes place. After completion of the associate degree, the student is able to write the national accreditation examination.

Prerequisites: high school biology, proficiency in verbal/oral skills, keyboarding, competence, and math ability.

Curriculum information
Associate Degree

MAJOR– 42 credits
Health Information Administration – 30 credits

HIT 100

Introduction to Allied Health & Acute Care Rec

3 credits

HIT 103

Licensing Agencies/Legal Aspects

3 credits

HIT 105

HIM Systems/Non-Acute Record

3 credits

HIT 109

Medical Terminology

3 credits

HIT 201

Coding I

3 credits

HIT 203

Coding II

3 credits

HIT 205

Advanced CPT

3 credits

HIT 207

Reimbursement Methods

3 credits

HIT 208

Basic Pathophysiology

3 credits

HIT 210

Supervisory Principles

3 credits

HIT 212

Quality Improvement in Healthcare

3 credits

HIT 214

Professional Practice Experience II

3 credits

HIT 216/BUS 101

Introduction to Business I

3 credits

General Education and Core Curriculum
Natural Science and Mathematics - 8 credits

 BIO 107

Anatomy & Physiology I

3 credits

 BIO 107L

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

1 credit

 BIO 108

Anatomy & Physiology II

3 credits

 BIO 108L

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

1 credit

Computer Information Sciences – 3 credits

CIS 101

Intro to Desktop Computing     

3 credits

GENERAL EDUCATION AND CORE CURRICULUM *

  1. Skills for Exploring – 6 credits
  2. Exploring Society and Global Diversity – 3 credits
  3. Exploring the Natural World, Mathematics and Technology – 11 credits
  4. Exploring the Spiritual World – 6 credits
  5. Exploring the Arts and Imagination – 3 credits

Credit Requirement
A minimum of 71 credits is required for the AS degree.

Grade Requirement
The minimum passing grade within the major is C (a grade of C- is not acceptable)

Prerequisites:  Mathematics proficiency and high school biology.

 

Health Information Administration

Health Information Administration is accredited by CAHIIM and has been designed for a person who has an associate degree in HIT or has completed the ISP/AHIMA and holds an RHIT credential.

The core concentration courses must be taken at Gwynedd Mercy University(a minimum of 45 credits), and the number of credits required for the bachelor’s degree is 125 credits. Transfer credits will be reviewed and accepted if they meet the requirements of GGwynedd Mercy University. The concentration courses in this program are offered in the evenings. Achieving the bachelor’s degree allows the person to write the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Examination.

Curriculum Information

Bachelor Degree

MAJOR 

Health Information Administration – 21 credits

HIA 301

Adv. Performance Improvement in HIM

3 credits

HIA 303

Advanced Computer Applications in HIM

3 credits

HIA 306

Health Information Management Science

3 credits

HIA 401

Advanced Pathophysiology

3 credits

HIA 403

Current Topics in Health Care

3 credits

HIA 405

Management Project  - Capstone

3 credits

HIA 4000

Management Practicum  - Capstone

3 credits

 Accounting - 9 credits

ACC 105

Principles of  Accounting I

3 credits

ACC 106

Principles of Accounting II

3 credits

ACC 301

Managerial Accounting 

3 credits

 Business – 3 credits

BUS 371

Intro to Human Resource Management

3 credits

Computer Information Technology - 6 credits

CIS 203

Systems Analysis and Design

3 credits

CIS 215

Intro to Relational Databases

3 credits

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 41 credits is required for this certificate. A minimum of 21 Gwynedd Mercy University credits are required. 

Grade Requirement
The minimum passing grade within the major is C (a grade of C- is not acceptable).

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate / Second Bachelor's Degree

Those who hold an RHIT credential and have a bachelor’s degree in a related field may receive a post-baccalaureate certificate or second bachelor degree after completion of HIA related courses. A certificate is awarded allowing the graduate to write the national registration examination to obtain a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.

HIA Program Requirements:

  • Applicants must be graduates of a program approved by AHIMA.
  • Applicants must possess an associate degree or satisfy conditions under the associate degree to bachelor of health science progression program. (Please refer to college catalog.)
  1. Skills for Exploring – 6 credits
  2. Exploring Society and Global Diversity – 18 credits
  3. Exploring the Natural World, Mathematics and Technology – 8 credits
  4. Exploring the Spiritual World – 9 credits
  5. Exploring the Arts and Imagination – 9 credits for BS

Open Electives - 36 credits

Credit Requirement
A minimum of 125 credits is required for the BS degree.

Grade Requirement
The minimum passing grade within the major is C (a grade of C- is not acceptable)

Comprehensive Coding Certificate Program

The Health Information Management Program at Gwynedd Mercy University is please to announce the most recent re-approval of their Comprehensive Coding Program. This approval is granted by the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACC), offered cooperatively by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). In addition, Gwynedd's Comprehensive Coding Program has been awarded with the Best Practice Award as representing achievement of the highest goals of a quality coding certificate program.

The Coding Certificate Program has been implemented to help alleviate the coding personnel shortage in health care. Out of the 41 credits earned in this program, 32 credits can be used toward the associate degree in Health Information Technology. In addition to taking courses on campus, students will complete practicum experience at participating clinical sites. Courses are offered in the day and evening to meet the needs of all students. The Coding Certificate Program curriculum is based on AHIMA approval and accreditation requirements.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

The Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about these programs. The Gainful Employment Disclosure Report (PDF-450kb) provides information related to cost, program completion rate, and student debt related to our specific programs.

Curriculum Information

Comprehensive Coding Certificate
MAJOR

Health Information Administration – 30 credits

HIT 100

Introduction to Allied Health & Acute Care Rec

3 credits

HIT 103

Licensing Agencies/Legal Aspects

3 credits

HIT 105

HIM Systems/Non-Acute Record

3 credits

HIT 109

Medical Terminology

3 credits

HIT 201

Coding I

3 credits

HIT 203

Coding II

3 credits

HIT 204

Advanced CPT

3 credits

HIT 207

Reimbursement Methods

3 credits

HIT 208

Basic Pathophysiology

3 credits

HIT 209

Coding Directed Practicum

3 credits

General Education and Core Curriculum

Natural Science and Mathematics - 8 credits

 BIO 107

Anatomy & Physiology I

3 credits

 BIO 107L      

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

1 credit

 BIO 108

Anatomy & Physiology II

3 credits

 BIO 108L

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

1 credit

Computer Information Sciences – 3 credits

CIT 101 Intro to Desktop Computing 3 credits

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 41 credits is required for this certificate. A minimum of 21 Gwynedd Mercy University credits are required. 

Grade Requirement
The minimum passing grade within the major is C (a grade of C- is not acceptable).

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate / Second Bachelor's Degree

Those who hold an RHIT credential and have a bachelor’s degree in a related field may receive a post-baccalaureate certificate or second bachelor degree after completion of HIA related courses. A certificate is awarded allowing the graduate to write the national registration examination to obtain a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.

HIA Program Requirements:

  • Applicants must be graduates of a program approved by AHIMA.
  • Applicants must possess an associate degree or satisfy conditions under the associate degree to bachelor of health science progression program. (Please refer to college catalog.)
  • The applicant must have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in HIT courses. An official transcript from each college attended must be submitted.
  • The applicant must be either actively working or have had working experience in Health Information Management.
  • The applicant must possess an RHIT credential.

Curriculum Information

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate / Second Bachelor's Degree
MAJOR

Health Information Administration - 21 credits

HIA 301

Adv. Performance Improvements in HIM

3

HIA 303

Advanced Computer Applications in HIM

3

HIA 306

Health Info Management  Science

3

HIA 401

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

HIA 403

Current Topics in Health Care

3

HIA 405

Management Project

3

HIA 4000

Management Practicum

3

Accounting – 9 credits

ACC 105

Principles of  Accounting I

3

ACC 106

Principles of Accounting II

3

ACC 301

Managerial Accounting 

3

Business – 3 credits

BUS 371

Introduction to Human Resource Management

3

Computer Information Sciences - 6 credits

CIS 203

Systems Analysis and Design

3

CIS 215

Intro to Relational Databases

3

Credit Requirement
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate requires an earned bachelor degree in a related field (business, management, health science) and a RHIT credential from the American Health Information Management Association.  The minimum total credits required is 30.  These 30 credits must be earned at Gwynedd Mercy University.

Grade Requirement
The minimum passing grade within the major is C (a grade of C- is not acceptable).