Program Length: 42 credits
Program Prerequisites: 21 credits
Estimated Cost for Program: $10,370
- Resident Tuition: $5,565*
- Technology Fees: $546
- General Student Fees: $407**
- Online Course Fee: $420 (if applicable)
- Books / Course Materials: $1,783 (some courses use Open Educational Resources (OER), which are free or low-cost materials.)
- Program Specific Fees: $149 (application fee, background check, drug/alcohol screening, American Data Bank-COMPLIO account)
- Other Cost / Expenses: $1,500*** (if applicable for computer/internet)
Estimated Cost for Prerequisites: $3,537
- Resident Tuition: $2,783*
- Technology Fees: $273
- General Student Fees: $271**
- Online Course Fee: $210 (if applicable)
Costs provided are estimates only. Learn more and view current tuition and fee information at https://www.lanecc.edu/costs-admission/tuition-fees-and-payments/credit-tuition
* Resident tuition is based on all program requirements (general education, core, directed electives). Any prerequisites required prior to the entry of the program will be listed separately.
** General Student fees are paid once each term, depending on whether you are taking classes on Main Campus, or at one of the outreach centers or by distance learning.
*** Any special info about program costs or expenses.
**** This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.
Program Learning Outcomes
The purpose of this program, which can be completed entirely online, is to prepare students to become coding specialists who review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for distinct patient encounters. The coding specialist is responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by health care providers into coded form. The translation process requires interaction with the health care provider to ensure that the terms have been translated accurately. The coded information that is a product of the coding process is then utilized for reimbursement purposes, in the assessment of clinical care, to support medical research activity, and to support the identification of health care concerns critical to the public at large. A coding specialist must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record in order to be able to locate information to support or provide specificity for coding. The coding specialist must also be highly trained in anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes in order to understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded. This certificate can be earned completely online.
Students who complete this program will be able to:
PLO 1 - Apply principles of healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, ethical issues, and data security (HIPAA regulatory standards)
PLO 2 - Communicate both verbally and written form with others of the health care team in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner
PLO 3 - Demonstrate understanding of the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded
PLO 4 - Demonstrate knowledge of abstracting health records and assigning standardized codes to diagnoses and procedures to accurately meet reporting needs and processing claims for insurance reimbursement
PLO 5 - Demonstrate the organization, analysis, and evaluation of health record content for completeness and accuracy
Prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.
The following courses must be completed prior to applying for the Health Information Management program.
Program Core Courses
Program Core courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.
Cooperative Education and Seminar must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. HIM 280 may be used to meet the Cooperative Education requirement.
- Seminar (2 credits):
- Cooperative Education (3 credits):
- This program is fully contained in the Health Information Management (online), AAS degree.
- This program follows Career Pathway Certificate of Completion Requirements unless otherwise specified.
- Students can take all HIM Program courses prior to admission except COOP 206 , HIM 222 , HIM 270 , HIM 271 , HIM 273 and HIT 280 .
- All program prerequisites with the subject prefix CIS, CS, and HP must be completed no more than five years prior to HIM program acceptance. The prerequisites with CIS, CS, and HP prefixes can possibly be waived with current work experience in an HIM related field.
- All program prerequisites can be completed online.
- Coding and Reimbursement classes (HIM 270 , HIM 271 , HIM 273 , and HIM 222 ) must be completed within five years of the start of the governing catalog.
- Students who complete the Medical Coding (online), CPC may use the HIM coding sequence (HIM 270 , HIM 271 , HIM 273 ) plus one Computer Literacy course (CIS 101 or CS 120 ) to meet the HIM 114 - Introduction to Medical Coding requirement for the AAS: Health Information Management degree. See your Academic Advising team or Program Coordinator for more details about course substitutions and/or waivers.
- Completion of BI 231 , BI 232 , and BI 233 with a letter grade of C or better is an acceptable equivalent for HP 150 and HP 152 .
- BT 120 - MS WORD for Business can be used to meet the Computer Literacy requirement if completed prior to Summer 2020 (when the program's prerequisites changed).
- Students who do not meet reading and/or math requirements may apply to PASS Lane Summer programming for alternative admission process. PASS Lane contact is Marcia Koenig (email@example.com), Bldg. 11/244, 541-463-5818.
- Cooperative Education is required for students to earn their Medical Coding (online), CPC. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of on-the-job work experience related to their educational and career goals. Through Co-op, students connect theory and practice, develop skills, expand career knowledge, and make professional contacts for the future. Work schedules and work sites vary. Students are required to be admitted into the HIM Program, complete a minimum of two thirds of their program coursework, have their coop requirements met, and have instructor approval prior to registering.