Courses

Health Information Management at Dakota State University is made up of two undergraduate degree programs: Health Information Administration and Health Information Technology. In addition, Dakota State also offers a Healthcare Coding Certificate program. The healthcare coding certificate students will complete 33-38 credits of coursework at the 100-200 level. Both HIT and HIA students complete a professional core of 100-200 level health information management courses in addition to sciences, business, and computer courses. The HIA students have additional coursework in the business, management, and general education areas as well as 300-400 level HIM courses. These three programs are designed in a progression format.

The health information management courses are being offered via Internet to allow students to complete these courses through DSU's office of Extended Programs Services. 

The rotation of non-HIM prefix courses, (e.g. business, management and computer) that are required for the HIT and HIA majors is available at http://www.dsu.edu/bis/advising-info.aspx. Course descriptions and prerequisites are included in the Course Offerings section of the DSU catalog. Course schedules can be viewed on WebAdvisor.

Dakota State University is South Dakota's leader in applying computer and information systems technology to higher education, including the health information management programs. The use of this technology is incorporated throughout the curriculum. In addition, the health information management program utilizes the American Health Information Management Association's Virtual Lab software.

An important aspect of the Health Information Management Programs is the supervised professional practice (SPP) component. These field experiences in the HIT, HIA and coding certificate programs provide students the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical activities in hospitals and other health care settings designed to reinforce the classroom and laboratory learning experiences.

Healthcare Coding Certificate (HCC)

The Health Care Coding Certificate program prepares students with entry-level skills needed to code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis. Principles in ICD and CPT coding and third-party reimbursement will be emphasized. The courses within the Health Care Coding Certificate program are also applicable to the A.S. in Health Information Technology and the B.S. in Health Information Administration and students may wish to progress into those programs.

Graduates of the health care coding certificate may wish to write American Health Information Management Association's certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

A.S. in Health Information Technology (HIT)

Students in this program are prepared for a technical area of service in hospitals, clinics and related health facilities, and agencies related to health care. Graduates are qualified to serve as entry level health information technicians performing tasks involved in the collection, retrieval, manipulation, analysis, and dissemination of health information utilizing clinical, computer, and business skills. The health information technician performs technical duties vital to the operation of a health information management/medical record department in any health care facility, as well as to a wide array of product and service companies supporting healthcare.

Graduates of the HIT program are eligible to write American Health Information Management Association's certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

B.S. in Health Information Administration (HIA)

Students in this program are prepared with the technical skills, as well as the administrative knowledge and skills for a professional area of services in similar institutions as the technician. Graduates are qualified to serve as entry level health information administrators, who are responsible for the management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements of the health care delivery system.

Graduates of the HIA program are eligible to write American Health Information Management Association's certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) is intended to produce masters'-prepared health informatics professionals for executive-level and enterprise-wide administrative, research, and/or applied health informatics positions.

Healthcare Information Systems Specialization in Graduate Programs

There is a Healthcare Information Systems Specialization within the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) and the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Systems degrees at DSU.  The specialization includes focused courses to provide instruction to MSIS students wishing to focus on the healthcare industry.

Health Information Technology Training

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Training programs offer short term training for professionals with experience in healthcare or IT fields to prepare for electronic health records, health information exchanges, and other HIT implementations. Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ARRA Grant #90CC07701.

Last Updated: 5/28/14