Health Sciences

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND NURSING

Health Information Management Certificate


 The 30-credit online Certificate in Health Information Management offered by LIU Post is designed for career changers and health care professionals to serve as managers of electronic medical records in hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, insurance companies and other health-related offices. Students currently holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and having completed all pre-requisite coursework will have an opportunity to complete the certificate program in one year (two semesters) full time. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be ready to take the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and also adheres to the standards of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The online program adheres to the latest standards and documentation procedures from the federal government, including new coding of medical records and HIPAA guidelines. From the privacy of the home or office, students will gain the necessary skills in health data management; health statistics, biomedical research, and quality management; health services organization and delivery; information technology and systems; and organization and management.

Method of delivery (Senior Level Courses are 100% online)
The final 30 credits of the program are delivered in a completely online format. It is expected that students will be logging into the learning management system on a daily basis to review the material posted and complete all assigned work. This portion is designed as a cohort program that must be completed in one year.

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 The Health Information Management Program at LIU Post is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for health information professionals will increase by 20 percent through 2018. Registered Health Information Administrators can earn more than $80,000 per year while improving patient care, office efficiency and regulatory compliance.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor's degree is required for entry into the Certificate in Health Information Management program. To apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam, students must have a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or a Certificate in Health Information Management with the pre-requisite courses completed.

For admission requirements, please contact the LIU Post Admissions Office at 516-299-2900 or email enroll@cwpost.liu.edu. To apply for admission to the Certificate in Health Information Management at LIU Post, please complete the Online Application for Admission and select the "Transfer" in the "Admit Type" box. You can access the Online Application by clicking on "Apply Now" in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Admissions Requirement for Health Information Management Online Certificate Program

Effective Fall 2013

  • A grade of C or better in pre-requisite coursework
  • Minimum 32 college credits in prerequisite coursework
 Courses  Credits
Anatomy & Physiology 6-8*
Study of Disease Processes 3
Computer Applications 3
Structuring & Managing Data 3
Legal Aspects of Health Care/Public Administration 3
Medical Terminology 3
Statistics 3
Total Credits 24 - 26

* Laboratory component is recommended but not required

Program Requirements

The minimum grade requirement for major courses for enrolled students is C.

To be granted a Certificate in Health Information Management, the student must complete a total of 30 credits.

The curriculum in the Health Information Management Certificate utilizes online, virtual class work and one professional practice experience.

REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE Courses

Completion of pre-requisite undergraduate course work is required for students to be eligible for admission to this certificate program and in order to meet the requirements for the national accreditation examination as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) offered by AHIMA. Courses must be completed during the applicant’s undergraduate degree or prior to enrolling in the Certificate in Health Information Management.

Required Pre-Requisite Courses

 Courses  Credits
Anatomy & Physiology 6-8*
Study of Disease Processes 3
Computer Applications 3
Structuring and Managing Data 3
Legal Aspects in Healthcare 3
Medical Terminology 3
Statistics        3
Total 24-26

* Laboratory component is recommended but not required

RHIT Credentialed Applicants

Applicants who hold the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential are exempt from these pre-requisite requirements and are eligible for immediate entry into the Health Information Management Certificate.

Course Descriptions

HIM 104 Health Information Management Department

This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to function in a manual or electronic environment within the Health Information Management field. This includes a discussion of the historical development of medical care, and defining primary and secondary health information. The student learns to analyze, abstract and assess the timeliness and quality of health care data. Instruction on filing systems and controls is also included. Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 104C Directed Practicum I

This is a supervised learning experience to develop understanding, skill and insight into medical record procedures; develop awareness of the confidential nature of information given by the patient to the physician; and to observe interaction among departments.
Fall, 1 credit

HIM 106 Coding I

Purposes and methods of classifying diseases and operations; differences between nomenclature and classification systems ICD-10-CM Coding; other systems of classification and the value of indexes and registers are emphasized. Appropriate methods of supervising ICD- 10-CM coding are achieved through actual training in the coding process. 
Co-requisites: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format .
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 106C Coding Virtual Lab

This course is a supervised learning experience to develop skill and insight in classifying diseases and operations and in the use of various systems of classification.
Co-requisites: HIM 106.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 1 credit

HIM 108 Regulatory, Compliance, Medical Staff and Hospital Organization

This course is a comprehensive review of the organization of the medical staff within the health organization. The structure of health care facilities is also presented and includes medical staff responsibilities, organizations and the implications of peer review for the health information manager.
Co-requisites: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 110 Reimbursement Methodology

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basics of various principles of healthcare reimbursement.  Reimbursement methodologies covered will include the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (PPS), Hospital Outpatient (PPS), Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (PPS), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (PPS), Long-Term Care Hospital (PPS), Ambulatory Surgery Center (PPS), Skilled Nursing Facility (PPS), and reimbursement systems for Physicians.  Medical record documentation requirements for all settings are discussed.  Course will include the study of the impact of federal legislation on healthcare reimbursement and an overview of the Federal Register.  3M and Quadramed software coding package will be utilized.
Co-requisites: HIM 106.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 206 Coding II

This course emphasizes the unique coding requirements in the outpatient setting.  The student learns to code procedures utilizing the CPT-4 coding classification system. Significant emphasis on coding within a hospital outpatient environment and physician offices.
Prerequisite: HIM 106.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 210 Computer-based Health Information Systems

This course is a comprehensive review of health information systems. Establishment of a health information system is outlined in addition to a detailed analysis of patient care, administration, and research subsystems. 
Prerequisite: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 211 Health Information in Non- Hospital Settings

This course is a survey of the problem oriented medical system, health records for ancillary service departments, and records for nursing homes, psychiatric centers, clinics and other non-hospital settings.
Prerequisite: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 212 Quality Management and Regulatory Agencies

This course introduces concepts of quality control in health care settings. It is divided into two distinct parts: the first deals with internal systems for setting standards, measuring quality and professional accountability; the second with external review agencies such as Peer Review Organization and the Joint Commission on Accreditation.
Prerequisite: 108.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 213 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department

This senior seminar utilizes case studies, case problems and examples; the student applies the basic health information science principles through the management process. Prerequisite: All HIM courses or permission of instructor. This course utilizes the AHIMA virtual hospital laboratory environment to integrate the practical application of the theoretical management techniques employed by health information administrators.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 4 credits

HIM 52 Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to medical terminology based on an understanding of human body systems and their interaction, meanings of combining forms, suffixes and prefixes. Students gain the ability to define, build and interpret medical terms.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

BMS 40 Computer Applications in Health Care

This course reviews the usefulness of computers for home or business. Students learn the current Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and the utilization of an online course management system (i.e. Blackboard or WebCT). Extensive "hands-on" computer use is involved for the completion of this course. Cross-referenced HPA 20.
On demand, 3 credits

HIM 54 Statistics and Research for Heath Information Manager

This course assists the student in understanding and interpreting numerical data. Topics covered include: descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, sampling techniques and elements of inferential statistics. Cross-referenced with MTH 19.
Fall and Spring, 3 credits

HIM 107 Study of Disease Processes

This course is a survey of disease within body systems that includes description of diseases, etiology, clinical manifestations, as well as evaluation and treatment of diseases. This course also includes an introduction to pharmacology; how drugs are used in the treatment of various health conditions and how the drugs affect the human  body. Traditional class room
Spring Semester, 3 credits

CLA 29 Structuring and Managing Data

This course covers the design and use of practical databases. Fundamental definitions, data modeling, graphical form design, user interaction, queries and reports are examined along with the role of databases in contemporary application systems. For non-majors
Prerequisite: Either CS 101, CS 2, or CLA 6.
Spring Semester, 3 credits

HPA 13 Legal Aspects of Health Care/Public Administration

This course considers the importance of law and regulations in the administrative process. Areas to be emphasized in this course include a general introduction to the law, legal environment of public and health organizations and the impact of the law upon administrative decision making. Freedom of information and right to privacy issues are examined. An attempt is made to acquaint the student with critical legal issues that are faced by managers.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 14 Financial Management in Health Care/Public Administration

A survey of the principles and practices of financial management theory and its applications to health care and public administration. The course will focus on budgeting and cost control, cost reimbursement, taxation and revenue, cost incentive programs and financial analysis specific to the health care and public sectors.
Every Year, 3 credits

MAN 11 Principles of Management

This course introduces the student to management history, concepts, theories and practices. The managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling are examined.
Every Semester, 3 credits

Plan of Study

ONLINE 1-YEAR CERTIFICATE COURSES

 Courses  Credits
HIM 104 Health Information Management Department (Fall) 3
HIM 106 Coding I(Fall) 3
HIM 106C Coding Professional Practice Experience (Fall) 1
HIM 108 Regulatory, Compliance, Medical Staff and Hospital Organization (Fall) 3
HIM 110 Reimbursement Methodologies (Fall) 3
HIM 104C Professional Practice Experience I (Fall) 1
HIM 206 Coding II(Spring) 3
HIM 210 Computer-based Health Information Systems (Spring) 3
HIM 211 Health Information in Non-Hospital Settings (Spring) 3
HIM 212 Quality Management and Regulatory Agencies (Spring) 3
HIM 213 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department (Spring) 4
Total 30 cr.

HIM Certificate Plan Total: 30 cr.

Part Time Plan of Study

ONLINE PART-TIME 2-YEAR CERTIFICATE COURSES

First Year

 Courses  Credits
HIM 104 Health Information Management Department (Fall) 3
HIM 104C Professional Practice Experience I (Fall) 1
HIM 110 Reimbursement Methodologies (Fall) 3
Fall I 7 cr.
HIM 210 Computer-based Health Information Systems (Spring) 3
HIM 211 Health Information in Non-Hospital Settings (Spring) 3
HIM 212 Quality Management and Regulatory Agencies (Spring) 3
Spring I 9 cr.
Total Year I 16 cr.

Second Year

 Courses  Credits
HIM 206 Coding II(Spring) 3
HIM 108 Regulatory, Compliance, Medical Staff and Hospital Organization (Fall) 3
Fall II 6 cr.
HIM 106 Coding I(Fall) 3
HIM 106C Coding Professional Practice Experience 1
HIM 213 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department (Spring) 4
Spring II 8 cr.
Total 14 cr.

Software/Hardware Requirements

Students will need Internet access and a PC computer with the latest version of a web browser. For Adobe Connect meetings students will need a headset with a microphone.

- Operating system: Windows XP or Windows 7 is required; (Note: Mac OS X is not supported)
- Processor: 1 GHz or higher
- Memory: 1 GB of RAM or greater
- Internet connection: Broadband (cable or DSL) connection is required. Dial-up access will not be sufficient
- Browser: Firefox
- Plug Ins: Adobe Reader; QuickTime; Windows Media Player; Adobe Flash Player

The learning management system utilized is Blackboard which can be accessed anywhere you have Internet access. The following guidelines will make your experience much more productive:

  • Firefox Web browser is the recommended browser for Blackboard.
  • Be sure your computer has the latest Flash player installed. Flash enables videos from YouTube and other sources to be played within Blackboard.
  • Sometimes wireless connections can be slow; if you encounter problems, it is best to switch to a hardwired connection.

Course access for Blackboard is available to registered students at http://blackboard.liu.edu. Support is available at http://csi.liu.edu/ or by contacting the Office of Information Technology at 516-299-3967.

Program Cost

The program cost for the 30-credit online Certificate in Health Information Management is $22,000. Financial aid and payment plans are available.

For financial aid, billing and payment plan information, please contact Erica Follick at 516-299-3827 or erica.follick@liu.edu/ For academic information, call Marie M. Colin-Eugene, Program Director, at 516-299-4158 or marie.colin@liu.edu.

Contact Us

Admissions Office 
Mullarkey Hall
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
Phone: 516-299-2900
Fax: 516-299-2137
E-mail: post-enroll@liu.edu

Academic and Career Counseling
Kumble Hall
Phone: 516-299-2746
Fax: 516-299-4112
E-mail: post-ac@liu.edu  

Health Information Management Program 

Marie M. Colin-Eugene, MPA, RHIA, CHPS
HIM Program Director
AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer Certificate
Department of Health Sciences
School of Health Professions and Nursing
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Life Science Building Room 2
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-4158
Fax: 516-299-3081
E-mail:  marie.colin@liu.edu