Programs

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Health Information, Informatics Management, Medical Billing
The Business Technology Medical Information programs (BMED Department) at Clark College teach the business, computer and medical skills needed to succeed in high-demand and high-paying professions including Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Records, Health Information Technician and many more.

With the planned implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding system October 1, 2015, the expected need for Coders and Health Information Technicians will be the highest in recent history. Many hospitals will need two coders for every one they currently employ. Graduates of these certificates and/or degrees become eligible to obtain certification and apply for employment in these rewarding fields. The BMED programs teach both ICD-9 & ICD-10 and offer classes that utilize real-world applications such as electronic charting, Encoder, PCS, and AHIMA Virtual Labs.

BMED courses are not limited entry and students may begin the coursework any term.
Health Information Assistant (CP)
The Health Information Assistant program trains individuals to work in a medical record department in a variety of healthcare settings. Individuals may also work as a health unit coordinator (unit secretary) in a hospital or work in RHIT related jobs. Health information assistants assemble medical records; analyze records for completeness; file, retrieve and protect medical records; release patient information; maintain health care statistics; enter patient data; and do some basic coding.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and
BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
or
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 133
INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL CODING
5 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 140
LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION
2 cr.
BMED 222
HEALTH INFORMATION PROCEDURES
5 cr.
BMED 226
MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
or BMED 250
MEDICAL OFFICE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 130
PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS
3 cr.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 71-72
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for admission into the second year of Accredited Health Information Management (through Shoreline CC).
  • Apply principles of the health information management in a health care setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task. (affective)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
Health Information and Informatics Management (AAT)
The Health Information and Informatics Management (HIIM) Program at Clark College provides training in business applications coupled with medical information that allow graduates to work in numerous healthcare careers.

A health information technician spends the majority of his or her day at a desk working on a computer. They are responsible for the tracking of information about patients such as the cost of treatment and the length of a hospital stay. This information is used by the hospital's management when reviewing the budget for a department or determining whether additional staff members are needed.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
and
BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and
BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
or
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 133
INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL CODING
5 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 140
LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION
2 cr.
BMED 222
HEALTH INFORMATION PROCEDURES
5 cr.
BMED 226
MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
or
BMED 250
MEDICAL OFFICE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
BMED 227
HEALTH DATA CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
3 cr.
BMED 228
MEDICAL DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
3 cr.
BMED 233
INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT NAVIGATION & ADVOCACY
5 cr.
BMED 242
INTERMEDIATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
3 cr.
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING
1-3 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 130
PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS
3 cr.
HI 202
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE QUALITY
3 cr.
HI 210
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 100-101
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Manage processes for compliance and reporting to assure the accuracy and integrity of health data.
  • Assure that documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the progress, clinical findings and discharge status.
  • Respond to the information needs of internal and external customers throughout the continuum of healthcare services.
  • Support the implementation of legal and regulatory requirements related to the health information infrastructure regarding healthcare privacy and confidentiality issues, so as to help manage access, disclosure, and use of personal health information.
  • Ensure compliance with organization-wide health record documentation guidelines.
  • Monitor, verify, and interpret clinical vocabularies and terminologies used in the organization's health information systems, including abbreviation usage diagnosis and procedure codes.
  • Apply current laws, accreditation, licensure and certification standards related to health information initiatives at the national, state, local and facility levels to ensure organizational compliance.
  • Enhance health data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of information including end-user hardware and software applications.
  • Help to recognize HIT best practices and enact strategic and operational plans for utilization of these practices
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
Medical Billing/Coding Specialist (CP)
Training in medical billing includes the processing of insurance claims and basic health information procedures. Coding training includes Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM), Procedural Coding System (PCS), and additional inpatient and outpatient billing and coding procedures. Legislative changes to the billing and coding environment are also addressed.

Graduates have highly marketable skills that provide opportunities for advancement in the medical industry.

This program is open-entry and you may begin taking classes in this rewarding and fulfilling field any term.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 133
INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL CODING
5 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 226
MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
or BMED 250
MEDICAL OFFICE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
BMED 233
INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT NAVIGATION & ADVOCACY
5 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
or HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
Recommended Elective (Not Required)
BMED 140
LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION
2 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 67-68
Refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate use of medical office software to complete medical office tasks (billing and coding).
  • Apply policies and principles of medical reimbursement.
  • Accurately code using ICD-9 and CPT coding principles.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task. (affective)
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications. (affective and psychomotor)
  • Accurately process medical billing claims
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
Medical Billing/Coding Professional (AAT)
The Medical Billing/Coding AAT trains students in both inpatient and outpatient coding and billing. Graduates of this program are highly trained in billing, coding, and health information, and are prepared to sit for billing and coding certification exams. In addition, students will earn their Associate of Applied Technology degree. Graduates of this program can work in a variety of settings and have opportunities for growth and advancement.

Students in this program learn International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM), Procedural Coding System (PCS), and additional inpatient and outpatient billing and coding procedures. Classes utilize real-world applications such as electronic charting and computer-assisted coding labs.

BMED courses are not limited entry and students may begin the coursework any term.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
and BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 133
INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL CODING
5 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 140
LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION
2 cr.
BMED 222
HEALTH INFORMATION PROCEDURES
5 cr.
BMED 226
MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
or
BMED 250
MEDICAL OFFICE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
BMED 227
HEALTH DATA CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
3 cr.
BMED 233
INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT NAVIGATION & ADVOCACY
5 cr.
BMED 242
INTERMEDIATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
3 cr.
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING
1-3 cr.
BTEC 135
10-KEY CALCULATOR
1 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and
BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
or
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HI 202
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE QUALITY
3 cr.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.

Total Required Credits: 91-92

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate use of medical office software to complete medical office tasks (billing and coding).
  • Apply policies and principles of medical reimbursement.
  • Accurately code using ICD-9/10 and CPT coding principles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications.
  • Accurately process medical billing claims.
  • Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)