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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Foundations Certificate of Completion Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this certificate. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide; when you apply for graduation, you will use this form to document the classes you have taken.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description:

This Certificate of Completion is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in health information to enter the workforce directly upon completion of the certificate or to seek further study in the field. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees compirsed of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers.

Certificate of Completion (19 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Prerequisites:

ENGL& 101  or BTWRT 215 BIOL& 170 ; and computer literacy (basic computer application skills including working in PC Windows environment).

Certificate Completion

Students should automatically receive their Certificate after successful completion of all required courses. If you have not received your Certificate, please contact Jenifer Aydelotte in the office of Student Learning and Success at jaydelotte@shoreline.edu or 206-546-4719.

Program Advisors:

Melanie Meyer, PhD, RHIA, CPHQ, CCS (Advises last names A-L)
206-546-4757 mmeyer@shoreline.edu Rm 2334

Gloria Anderson, MEd, RHIA, CCS (Advises last names M-Z)
206-546-4707 ganderso@shoreline.edu Rm 2333

Program Information:

Length of Program: 19 Credits

Completion Award: Certificate of Completion

Enrollment: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Approximate Quarterly Costs: $0
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)

Website: https://www.shoreline.edu/virtual-campus/hiim/

EPC 5299

Health Information Foundations - What is it?

Health information consists of details regarding a person’s medical history, including symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, procedures, and outcomes. Health information records include patient histories, lab results, x-rays, clinical information, and notes. Health information can relate to one patient individually or a population as a whole. Those who work with health information must ensure patient health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected. Foundational knowledge of health information is required for many healthcare jobs.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program - by achieving a grade of 2.0 or better for each individual course in the program and program prerequisites - should have foundational knowledge of:

  1. Health care deliver and information systems, such as electronic health records, for hospitals and other health care facilities.
  2. Patient clinical records contents and current practices in coding and classification systems.
  3. Components of fee setting, prospective payment systems and how to optimize insurance reimbursements.
  4. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance requirements and billing procedures for various health care facilities.
  5. Legal and ethical issues related to health care information, including the release and security of confidential data.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Certificate in Health Information Foundations?

The job outlook for entry level health information positions is very good. These positions can have a wide range of job titles including Patient Access Coordinator or Representative, Patient Access Scheduling Coordinator, Patient Access Specialist, Patient Access Technician, Patient Care Coordinator, Patient Services Representative, Risk Adjustment Representatitive, Surgery Scheduler, Health Information Management (HIM) Technician, HIM Assistant, Registration Specialist, among others. For salary information in your state, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov.

Potential employers include: Hospitals, nursing homes, medical and dental offices, insurance companies, community health centers, public health agencies, urgent care centers, behavioral health centers, rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies. For more, please see career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/acc/CareerCounseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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