HIMS Courses

Opposite each course title are three numbers such as 3-2-4. The first number indicates the number of regular classroom hours for the course each week; the second number indicates the number of laboratory hours per week; and the third number indicates the hours of credit awarded for the successful completion of the course. Listed in parentheses at the end of each course description is the term(s) that the course is normally offered. F=Fall, S=Spring, and M=Summer.

The college reserves the right to cancel or delete any course with insufficient enrollment.


HIMS 2201. Organizational Leadership. 1-0-1 Unit.

This course will focus on job duties, scheduling, accrediaation standards and time management in the health care organization. The successful students will understand the fundamentals of these skills along with effective communication, delegation and measuring outcomes.

HIMS 2202. Health Info Privacy & Security. 3-0-3 Units.

The course is intended to provide the foundation and guidelines applicable for the management responsibilities related to the privacy and security of health information data. The course will begin with an introduction to HIPAA. The course will progress to individual rights and permission to disclose, data breaches, third party access, compliance and sanctions.

HIMS 3100. Intro to Medical Records. 3-0-3 Units.

The course is intended to provide an overview of a patient’s medical records. Students will understand that documentation is highly important, how the health record has become the primary source of information for secondary uses such as clinical research, public health reporting, and fraud detection and deterrence. Students will be familiar with how legislative acts focusing on specific topics were passed, and how administrative guidelines reflect the guidelines or requirements for the health record content.

HIMS 3102. Healthcare Statistics. 3-0-3 Units.

Methods utilized to transform health data into information. Fundamental procedures in collecting, summarizing, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data. Includes acceptable terminology, definitions and formulas necessary to compute common health care statistical reports.
Prerequisites: MATH 2200, HIMS 3107.

HIMS 3103. Medical Terminology. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduction to the language used in health care. Emphasis on word components (combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes), pronunciation, and writing exercises.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1108K, BIOL 2213K.

HIMS 3104. Med Records Proc Practicum. 2-0-2 Units.

Provides a structured environment in which students gain practical experience by completing exercises using a virtual laboratory and by touring and observing processes in designated health record departments. Supports technical and conceptual skill development by providing the students the opportunity to observe and perform various functions common to most health record departments.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3107.

HIMS 3105. Database Design & HIMS I. 4-0-4 Units.

Introduces databases and allows students to demonstrate proficiency through "hands-on" database design. Provides an introduction to health information systems and healthcare technology with discussion of current applications and trends in health care.
Prerequisites: CMPS 1302, HIMS 3103.

HIMS 3106. Essentials of Pharmacology. 3-0-3 Units.

Course presents disease processes in the human body, diagnostic techniques, and treatment methods. Basic principles of pharmacology drug classifications, and commonly used drugs are introduced.
Prerequisites: MATH 1111, BIOL 1108K.

HIMS 3107. Healthcare Compliance/Coding I. 4-0-4 Units.

Students will be instructed in CPT/HCPCS coding. Students will learn the fundamentals of reimbursement processes as they relate to coding, documentation, and regulations set forth by various federal agencies and managed care organizations.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3103, HIMS 3106, BIOL 2213K.

HIMS 3108. Database Design & HIMS II. 4-0-4 Units.

Emphasizes health care systems analysis and design principles through use of lecture, case studies, and projects. System evaluation, selection, and security are also emphasized.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3105.

HIMS 3109. Managerial Pract/Med Records. 2-0-2 Units.

Students work in a designated health record department to complete assigned management projects related to the basic functions of a health record department.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3100, HIMS 3107, HIMS 3108.

HIMS 3110. Introd to Pathophysiology. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is intended to be an introduction to human diseases for those who work in support roles within the healthcare system. The successful student will demonstrate knowledge of disease processes by definition, category, and body system. These processes will be reviewed by description, etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The knowledge obtained will be vital for coding, case management, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), risk management, diagnosis related groups (DRG’s), and other responsibility of the Health Information Manager (HIM).

HIMS 3301. Health Care Organizations. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is intended for those interested in a systematic understanding of organizational principles, practices, and insights pertinent to the management of health services organizations. While based on state-of-the-art organizational theory and research, the emphasis is on application. Students will go beyond the traditional focus of health care on hospitals and other provider organizations to include suppliers, buyers, regulators, public health and financing organizations, and examine a more comparative, global perspective on how the United States and other countries address issues of health and health care. Case studies, practical scenarios, and controversial issues are highlighted in each chapter to challenge the student to provide solutions and philosophical positions on a variety of issues.

HIMS 4100. Health Data Governance. 3-0-3 Units.

The course is intended to provide the foundation and guidelines for the roles, functions, and practices that healthcare organizations must embrace for successfully managing healthcare data in a digital age. It will provide the context in which health information exists, taking a systems view of how people, processes, technology, and the content of data are intermingled, related and dependent on one another.

HIMS 4102. Healthcare Compl/Coding II. 3-0-3 Units.

Students will be instructed in ICD-9-CM diagnostic and procedural coding and introduced to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding classifications. Students will learn coding fundamentals and apply coding skills using case studies and encoders. Ethical coding principles will be emphasized. HIPPA, JCAHO and state laws. Students will be instructed in CPT/HCPCS coding. Student will learn the intricacies of the reimbursement process as they relate to coding, documentation, and regulations set forth by various federal agencies and managed care organizations.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3107.

HIMS 4105. Professional Practicum. 0-0-6 Units.

A six-week administrative affiliation in selected healthcare organizations. Students, in addition to "shadowing" the department director, are actively involved in projects which use the skills they have developed through the curriculum.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3104, HIMS 3109, HIMS 4102, HIMS 4403.

HIMS 4106. Health Information Capstone. 2-0-2 Units.

The capstone project consists of a technical work product applicable to the field of HI and information management. Students should consider creating this final product with the aim of expanding the body of knowledge within the profession. The topic of the capstone must be presented to and approved by the Capstone Mentor before starting the project.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3104, HIMS 3109, HIMS 4102, HIMS 4403.

HIMS 4107. Quality/Performance Management. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the concepts in quality management.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3100, HIMS 3103.

HIMS 4402. Health Information Management. 4-0-4 Units.

This course is a study of recordkeeping practices in the hospital and physician’s office. Emphasis is placed on hospital and medical staff organization, patient record content, procedures in filing, numbering and retention of patient records, quantitative analysis, release of patient information, forms control and design, indexes and registers, reimbursement, regulatory and accrediting agencies, and alternative health care delivery systems.

HIMS 4403. Healthcare Ethics and Law. 4-0-4 Units.

This course is intended for those interested in expanding the quality of their reasoning. Practitioners must deal with facts, concepts, contexts, basic principles, and people. They should be prepared to make decisions in an arena of passion, prejudice, and ambiguity, regardless of the complexities, and be prepared to support their views in the deliberative process.

HIMS 4404. Healthcare Project Mgmt/Polici. 3-0-3 Units.

Focus on public health organizations at all levels, from large federal organizations and research centers, to county and local public health agencies. In addition to providing a critical understanding of individual, group, and organization behavior, the author outlines effective approaches to facilitate and manage inevitable organizational change in a productive, sustainable way by applying knowledge of power, influence, motivation, and leadership.
Prerequisites: HIMS 3103, HADM 3301.

HIMS 4405. Reimbursement & Finance. 3-0-3 Units.

The course is intended to provide the foundation and guidelines for basic financial management skills, concepts and reimbursement strategies for the HIM professional. The course will begin with the political and historical background of the American healthcare system from the types of healthcare businesses one could be employed at, to the passage of the recent healthcare reform bill of 2010. Accounting principles used in medical facilities from the basics of generally accepted accounting principles through how to use a balance sheet and understand an income statement will be explored. Healthcare Financial Management from the introduction of budgets to managing risk and financial management of health information technology will follow. This course also provides up-to-date information on healthcare payment systems and their effects on the US healthcare delivery system and economy. The successful student will comprehend step-by-step details about how each payment system functions, and the history behind each payment system.