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Health Information Management (HIM) Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree provides a pathway for graduates of associate degree programs in health care fields to attain a baccalaureate level education in the dynamic Health Information Management (HIM) field. The specialized field of Health Informatics and Information Management is an exciting career choice. Health information professionals are in high demand as the health sector continues to expand.

The HIM Applied Baccalaureate degree is offered completely online. This provides convenience and flexibility for students balancing work and family commitments, while providing an excellent, affordable education.

 

Application Factors

TCC receives more applicants to the BAS program than there are available positions. Please review the factors we consider when accepting applications.

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Prerequisites

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 HIM BAS Program

TCC's HIM BAS degree program prepares students for successful employment. Here's a snapshot of what the program entails. 

Degree Requirements
Costs
Outcomes
Sample Schedule

Bachelor of Applied Science Requirements:

Associate Degree Requirements 90 credits + Bachelor Degree Requirements 90 credits = Total 180 credits

 Pre-Requisites (90-100 credits)

 

Associate of Applied Science Degree in a health related field (or equivalent) 

90

 

English Composition (may already be included in AAS degree) 

5 

 

Human Biology (may already be included in AAS degree) 

5

Additional General Education Requirements (50 Credits)

Courses in this section may be completed at any level 100-400. Courses in this section may have been satisfied during the completion of the Associate Degree. 

 

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

 

Communication (5 in addition to that required in pre-requisites) 

  • Any from distribution list 

5 

 

Quantitative Skills (5)  Select 5 credits from options below 

 5

MATH 136 

 Inferential Statistics  OR  

 

 MATH& 146

MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  

 
 

Natural Science (5 in addition to that required in pre-requisites)  

  • Any from distribution list 

5 

 

Humanities (10)  

 
PHIL& 401

Biomedical Ethics

5

  Any additional 5 credit course from distribution list 5
 

Social Science (10)  

  • PSYC 301 Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare 
  • Any additional 5 credit course from distribution list 
 
PSYC 301

Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare

5

  Any additional 5 credit course from distribution list 5
 

General Electives (15) 

  • Any college level course 

15

Independent Study (0-6 credits)

To prepare non-HIT degree students for success in the HIM BAS, students are required to take 1 credit self-study courses for any of the following topics for which they do not have college level coursework (based on recommendation from HIM Advisors) 

  • Health Systems 
  • The Medical Record 
  • Health data 
  • Health Statistics and Research 
  • Terminologies, Nomenclatures, and Payment Methodologies 
  • Medical Coding

 

HIM BAS Upper Division Core (50 Credits) 

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

HIM 310

Data Governance

5

HIM 320 Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security 

3

LS 301 Research Skills for Healthcare  2
HIM 330 Revenue Cycle Management 5
HIM 340 Data Quality Management and Performance Improvement 5
HIM 350 System Analysis and Design 5
HIM 410 Healthcare Compliance 5
HIM 420 Human Resources Management and Leadership  5
HIM 430 Data Analytics 5
HIM 440 Organizational Management in Health Care 5
HIM 450 Professional Practice Experience 3
HIM 455 Capstone 2
 

MINIMUM 180 TOTAL CREDITS REQURIED BETWEEN ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR CREDITS 

 

 

What is the cost of the program?

Approximately $15,917.50 - $16,147.50

The following cost estimate is based on a full time student who needs to complete 90 Credits (60 upper division HIM credits + 30 lower division general education). 15 quarterly credits x 6 quarters

Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate/Student Approved Mandatory Fees information posted by Tacoma Community College. The following table reflects approximate tuition rates for a full-time resident student.

Breakdown of Costs
  Tuition/Fees $2104.75 x 6 = $12,628.50
  Student approved mandatory fees $187.50 x 6 = $1125.00
  Books and Miscellaneous* $2164.00 to $2394.00
  TOTAL $15,917.50 - $16,147.50

 

 

 
BOOKS AND MISCELLANEOUS COSTS *
  Books and supplies ($300 per quarter) $1800.00
  Student membership in AHIMA (for non-RHITs) 
OR 
Professional membership in AHIMA (for RHITs) 
$70.00 ($35.00/yr) 
or 
$300.00 ($150.00/yr) 
  RHIA Credential Examination fee $229.00
  Certified Background Check $65.00
  TOTAL $2164.00 to $2394.00

*all costs are approximate

Students are responsible for miscellaneous registration fees, purchasing any required textbooks, and are required to hold an active membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Check out the Types of Aid available for you at TCC. BAS students qualify for all aid types.

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Upon successful completion of the Health Information Management Bachelor of Applied Science program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and implement policies and procedures surrounding Information Governance, to include classification systems, health record content and documentation, data governance, data management, and secondary data sources. (*ELC 1)(COK, COM,CRT, IIT, RES)
  2. Assess, implement, and improve systems to ensure the protection of health information, to include health law, data privacy, confidentiality and security, and the release of information.  (*ELC 2)(COK, COM,CRT, IIT, RES)
  3. Analyze and Interpret data and implement technology used in informatics, to include health information technologies, information management strategic planning, analytics and decision support, health care statistics, research methods, consumer informatics, health information exchange, and information integrity and data quality. (*ELC 3)(COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  4. Apply the principals of revenue management and implement processes for management and reporting of the revenue cycle. (*ELC 4)(COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  5. Interpret policies and construct procedures for compliance of healthcare regulatory requirements, to include medical coding, fraud surveillance, and clinical documentation improvement. (*ELC 5)(COK,COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  6. Evaluate leadership models, theories, and skills required for successful leadership to include the areas of change management, work design and process improvement, human resource management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, project management, vendor/contract management, enterprise information management, all of which comply with the ethical standards of practice. (*ELC 6)(COK, COM, CRT, IIT, LWC, RES)

The symbol *ELC in the program learning outcomes above parallels to the corresponding AHIMA Entry Level Competency – A full listing of the AHIMA competencies can be accessed at: http://www.ahimafoundation.org/downloads/pdfs/2014%20Final%20Baccalaureate_Level_Curriculum_Map.pdf

All Program Level Outcomes also align with TCC’s Degree Learning Outcomes.  TCC has six measurable outcomes that all degree recipients are expected to meet.

  • Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences; or, as applicable, specific professional/technical programs), integrate knowledge across disciplines, and apply this knowledge to academic, occupational, civic and personal endeavors.
  • Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas, and use sound thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for both academic and personal applications.
  • Living & Working Cooperatively/Valuing Differences (LWC): Respectfully acknowledge diverse points of view, and draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to collaborate in a multicultural and complex world.
  • Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.

An example of a HIM program schedule

Sample full time schedule (15 credits)

 

Please note that your schedule will depend on your educational background and how many general education courses you need to be complete. Many students will already have met the general elective and general education requirements and may only need to take 10 credits of upper division courses each quarter. 

 Year One 

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Fall

HIM 330

Revenue Cycle Management

5

HIM 310

Data Governance

5

General Elective

College level course 100+

5

Winter

HIM 320

Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security

3

PSYC 301 (SS)

Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare

5

LS 301

Research Skills for Healthcare

2

General Elective

College level course 100+

5

Spring

HIM 340

Data Quality Management and Performance Improvement

5

HIM 350

System Analysis and Design

5

General Elective

College Level course 100+

 

 

Year 2

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Fall

   

PHIL 401 (HUM)

Biomedical Ethics

5

HIM 410

Healthcare Compliance

5

General Elective

College level course 100+

5

Winter

HIM 420

Human Resource Management and Leadership

5

HIM 430

Data Analytics

5

100-200 level Humanities Distribution

See approved list

5

Spring

HIM 440

Organizational Management in Healthcare

5

HIM 450

Professional Practice Experience

3

HIM 455

Capstone

2

100-200 level Social Science Distribution

See approved list

5

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Char Gore, Program Chair
Bldg. 13-207       253-566-5082

Stephanie Thompson, Coordinator for Health Sciences
Bldg. 13-207       253-566-5162

 

Accreditation Status

The Baccalaureate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).