The bachelor's and master's degree programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
This program focuses on the application of computers to generate, validate, secure and integrate healthcare data so it can be effectively used to support the decision-making activities of clinical and administrative professionals.
This program is offered in a distance learning format and generally can be completed in three semesters or less. The courses that comprise this certificate program may also be applied to the department's master's degree program.
An introduction to the US healthcare system and the role of informatics. Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information technology applications used by healthcare professionals. The course will cover the history of the field, an introduction to clinical data, electronic health records, decision support systems, computerized order entry, and consumer applications.
Explore human factors principles and the application of usability assessments for the development and use of health information technology by clinicians and patients. The course covers the role of human factors and human-computer interactions in medicine, usability assessments and user-centered design, and theories of cognition, memory, and technology.
Introduction to computer programming with a focus on the phases of the systems development life cycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, and tools.
Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design and issues related to database administration. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, or permission of the department.
Covers the techniques, strategies and the need/use of Information Technology (IT) tools for data collection, data analysis, reporting and knowledge management. Offers learners the foundational terminology, concepts, models, processes and tools associated with decision support and knowledge management systems to leverage data into information and knowledge enhance care processes, data quality, cost effectiveness and decision-making, ultimately increasing the strategic acumen of the organization. Prerequisites: Finance or Accounting and HIM 6505, or permission of the department.
The representation of clinical data through the use of medical vocabularies and clinical classification systems. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying appropriate clinical classification systems and medical vocabularies, identifying their appropriate uses and sources, and applying them within and among health information systems to promote effective communication. Prerequisite: HIM 6501 or permission of department.
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*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on each person's transfer credits and individualized program plan.