Health Information Management Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
HIM
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,639.32 per semester*
International:
$8,287.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SCIE 157
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will begin with an introduction to the organization and the cellular/tissue basis of the human body. The systems that will be focused on in this course are: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

SCIE 105
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will take a systematic approach to clinical pathology and examine the diseases affecting the various systems of the body. The etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatments, including pharmacological interventions for the various disorders are emphasized.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

HLTH 65
Units/ Hours: 15

This functional course will provide an overview of the Ontario Healthcare System. Students will examine the interdisciplinary role of healthcare professionals. Based on examination, students will dialogue about current issues and trends that impact the Ontario healthcare system, within the context of sustainability.

HLTH 322
Units/ Hours: 15

Students will build on what they learn in HLTH 65 Concepts in Health Care 1. They will also learn about the Professional Domains of Practice for Health Information Management Professionals and the role of the professional organizations for HIMPs.

HLTH 323
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will learn Folio and the fundamentals of ICD-10-CA and CCI classifications, the Canadian coding standards and data reporting in healthcare organizations. Students will also learn about computerized software applications and document imaging software.

HLTH 158
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will learn the components of medical words, how to analyze words by roots, prefixes and suffixes, how to spell, define, pronounce and apply medical words that relate to specific body systems. Common disease terms will be included along with abbreviations, diagnostic tests and clinical procedures.

HLTH 321
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will learn about the content and requirements for patient records. They will also learn about the storage and retention of records and the role of health information practitioners in protecting the privacy, security and confidentiality of patient information.

HLTH 320
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will learn about the Fleming College network, including the portal, and will develop intermediate skills in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

ORGB 13
Units/ Hours: 45

Teams are a critical component of our personal, educational, organizational and societal lives. Successful teams don't just happen. This course teaches the formula for team success. Students will use effective tools and strategies to help any team become high performing which will better prepare students to achieve successful team membership in voluntary, public or private organizations.

Semester 2

SCIE 158
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they pertain to the following systems: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Immune, Respiratory, Urinary, Fluids & Electrolytes/Acid-Base and Reproductive.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 106
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will take a systematic approach to clinical pathology and examine the diseases affecting the various systems of the body. The etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatments, including pharmacological interventions for the various disorders are emphasized.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 69
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the Introduction to Coding with emphasis on the coding related to specific body systems. Students will begin applying their skills to coding outpatient information..

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
FLPL 91
Units/ Hours: 70

This practicum provides the student with an opportunity to perform selected skills in a Health Information Management related work setting under the supervision of a qualified professional. This two week practicum will provide the student with an opportunity to apply the learned theory and skills taught within the first and second semester. Travel will be required for practicum completion outside of the Peterborough area.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
LAWS 120
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will learn about specific health legislation especially as it relates to access, security, confidentiality, and privacy of patient information and the use of health information in legal cases. Emphasis will be on best practices in the release of information. Students will also learn risk management techniques such as privacy impact assessment and threat and risk assessment.

HLTH 159
Units/ Hours: 30

This course builds on the knowledge gained in semester one and students will learn to analyse, spell, define, pronounce and apply medical words that relate to specific body systems. Common disease terms will be included along with abbreviations, diagnostic tests and clinical procedures and various therapies.

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HLTH 324
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will develop skill in using Microsoft Excel at an advanced level.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

HLTH 70
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will build on the coding knowledge and skills learned in semester II. Coding will relate to the systems of the body currently being studied as well as to the body systems studied in Coding and Classification Systems 1 (HLTH 69). Electronic abstracting will continue to be practiced which was introduced in the HIM applications course in second semester.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
COMP 178
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will learn the basic concepts and principles of data base design and management. The focus of the course will be on analysis and interpretation of data base table layout and skill acquisition in modifying, sorting and filtering of existing data base structures and records, using Microsoft Access. The learner will be able to compose selected queries and generate forms and reports of data applicable to the health information workplace environment.

HLTH 68
Units/ Hours: 45

This course, introduces the learner to introductory HIM specific healthcare statistics. With a focus throughout on data quality, the learner will gain knowledge on the importance of varying data elements in creating healthcare information and knowledge for decision making. Sources and uses of health data are examined with a focus on the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) databases.

HLTH 74
Units/ Hours: 45

This third semester HIM course presents the changing role of the HIM professional with an emphasis on the management role. In addition students will be introduced to various principles, tools and concepts involved within the healthcare environment in the planning, evaluation, assessment and accountability of quality service provision.

HLTH 325
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will learn the fundamental concepts and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics and probability theory as they apply to health care. They will learn about frequency distributions; graphic presentation of data; measures of location, variation, and shape; probability, and probability distributions; Central Limit Theorem; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression analysis; and basic nonparametric statistics. Students will use Excel to calculate and interpret statistical measures.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

HLTH 73
Units/ Hours: 44

This course provides an introduction to research concepts and the basic principles and methods of epidemiology. Students will learn how to apply these concepts and principles to health care data. Calculating epidemiological methods will also be taught.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 71
Units/ Hours: 44

Students will build on the coding knowledge and skills learned in semesters two and three. Coding will relate to the systems of the body currently being studied as well as to the body systems studied in Coding and Classification Systems I and II. Students will also continue to improve their skills in coding and abstracting.

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Co-Requisites
FLPL 201
Units/ Hours: 12

Students will have an opportunity to focus on new learning to support individual external practicum project requirements through a combination of applied lab practice activities, article reviews, student research and other experiences.

FLPL 92
Units/ Hours: 140

This four-week external practicum is the final component of the HIM program which represents a capstone learning experience and will provide an opportunity for students to synthesize, integrate and apply learning in a professional environment. Students will pursue the practicum experience in health information services in hospitals and other community healthcare facilities, and will be expected to perform tasks expected of the entry level health information practitioner under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 326
Units/ Hours: 44

Students will learn about fundamental concepts of health information systems, health information technology, and health informatics. Students will learn about the steps in the systems development life cycle and how to apply criteria for selecting and evaluating systems. Special emphasis will be on the electronic health record in a variety of settings. Students will learn about Canadian and international standards organizations and the standards they produce. Students will be introduced to SNOMED CT and HL7.

HLTH 75
Units/ Hours: 44

The Utilization Management (UM) and Decision Support (DS) course integrates theory and knowledge from previous HIM core courses within the two year program and builds on this with new knowledge related to UM and DS. The focus of the course will be on the organization of utilization management and decision support programs, National and Provincial data sources and MIS Standards. The student will learn to identify areas to monitor for Utilization Management. The development of reporting frameworks, benchmarking and indicators will also be covered within the course.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites