Curriculum for the B.A. in Health Records and Information Management

Program Requirements    (120 credits)
General Education Requirements    (42 credits)
(See 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog)

Program Requirements (9 credits)
Take all three of the following courses:
POR 300 Adult Development & Life Assessment 
ORG 205 Selected Statistical Procedures
HCS 303 Principals of Medical Terminology

Major Requirements (39 credits)
Take all of the following courses:
HCS 300 Health Care Systems
HCS 315 Technology in Health Care 
HCS 320 Health Services Law for Managers
ORG 323 Staffing and Employee Development
ORG 327D Organizational Behavior
HCS 321 Health Care Database Design and Management
ORG 400 Communication and Report Writing
HCS 405 Advanced Health Informatics
HCS 411 Management of Health Information Systems
HCS 435 Research Writing Project
HCS 430 Health Care Finance
HCS 445 Health Care Quality, Statistics & Database Management
PHI 353C Biomedical Ethics

General Electives (30-45 credits)
30 credits taken at level 100 or above.


Course Descriptions

(All courses are 3 credits)

POR 300 Adult Development and Life Assessment 
Adult learners examine motivational theory and its application to individuals and groups functioning in work and home situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation is covered through readings and class practice with an analysis of the effect on productivity.

ORG 205 Selected Statistical Procedures
This course is designed for students in the Organizational Leadership degree program. Topics include: central tendency and variation, normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, chi-square and F distributions.

HCS 303 Principals of Medical Terminology
Students learn comprehensive understanding of medical terminology, basic disease systems, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body and the mechanism of medical coding common to health administration activities. Normal, pathological, clinical, and laboratory considerations are examined in order to best prepare students for entrance into the health care professions.

HCS 300 Health Care Systems
A comprehensive overview o f t he United States health services delivery system from the perspective of the health services administrator/manager.

HCS 315 Technology in Health Care Organizations 
Explores basic concepts of data composition and organization; internal and external storage structures; arrays, stacks, and linked lists; file allocations, accessing, searching and sorting; and recursive and non-recursive processing. An introduction to the myriad uses of information technology and information systems in the health care industry. Main subtopics are history, basic technical aspects, patient information, organizational management systems, care delivery systems, technical challenges, confidentiality and other practical challenges, and evaluation strategies.

HCS 320 Health Service Law for Managers
Introduces students to legal principles and laws regulating health services activities. Legal aspects of business organizations are considered. Health care topics include right of access to care, patient/client consent, confidentiality, and liability issues. 

ORG 323 Staffing and Employee Development
Adult learners explore the values and perceptions o f selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices of recruitment, s election, training, development, and compensation of employees. Special attention is given to Equal Opportunity and Office of Safety and Health Administration legislation through a series of case studies and simulations.

ORG 327D Organizational Behavior
A survey course covering theory, research, and practical application in analyzing and understanding human beings in health - related organizational situations including learning, perception, personality, attitudes, and motivation; groups and inter-group dynamics; leadership, communication, goal setting, and rewards; job design, organizational climate, change, and development; and international aspects of health-related organizations.

HCS 321 Health Care Database Design and Management
Designed to give students a foundation in practical database design and implementation. Topics related to data modeling, database design, database inquiry/manipulation, database implementation, security, and management will be covered with an emphasis on relational database systems for health care records.

ORG 400 Organizational Communication
An introduction to relevant principles and practices of organizational communication – the human communication processes in organizations through which the organizational reality is constructed, maintained, reproduced, and changed. Recognizing that contemporary organizations operate in the “communications era,” shaped by such forces as globalization, technological advancement, social networking, and the mass production of information, key concepts and theories of organizational communication are presented in this context. Students are encouraged to develop communication competencies necessary for successfully navigating organizational life.

HCS 405 Advanced Health Informatics
An overview of the interdisciplinary nature of health/medical informatics. An emphasis is on real world interaction between medicine and technology. This course provides practical and up-to-date examples of issues and interesting emerging technologies for the student. Students learn t he newest technologies and concepts such as electronic health records, e-prescribing, and health information exchange.

HCS 411 Management of Health Information Systems
This course examines the use of information technologies in business and health care. Information processing is studied at a system level, including discussions of information technology, management information systems, and information services and programming languages.

HCS 430 Health Care Finance
Introduces concepts and techniques of managerial accounting and financial management for health services managers. Topics covered include fiscal management and performance; cost, revenue, and risk; fiscal planning and forecasting, budgeting, control, and reporting. 

HCS 435 Critical Analysis and Research Writing
Uses an emphasis o n reasoning and critical thinking skills within an experiential learning theory framework to analyze learning outcomes and support this analysis with appropriate research. Expository, narrative, and analytical writing are all taught as tools in the process of demonstrating experiential learning for college-level credit.

HCS 445 Health Care Quality, Statistics, and Database Management
Emphasizes how to develop, deploy, and evaluate new tools to analyze clinical data resources. Special attention is given to improving health care quality and decision-making to address the needs of a clinical practice or administration. Case studies involving the development and assessment o f databases for disease management and drug utilization will be covered. Students will learn how to collect, summarize, statistically analyze, present, and interpret data. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of database design and information retrieval as they develop a working tool to address health care quality improvement. Finally, legal and ethical issues involving training, documentation, security, confidentiality, the use of informed consent, and regulatory requirements will be addressed. 

PHI 353C Biomedical Ethics
An exploration of ethical issues currently arising in the practice of medicine and its allied sciences from the perspective of Catholic Bioethics. Topics to be covered include informed consent, euthanasia, and research on human subjects, genetic engineering, public policy, and health care. This course meets the requirements of the State of Florida “Gordon Rule.”
Prerequisite: English 102

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