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HIMT 2312 (formerly HIT 2250) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 2312 (formerly HIT 2250) - Seminar in Health Information Technology

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

A capstone course of research and testing based on all domains and knowledge clusters of the HIMT curriculum to prepare the student for national certification. This course pulls together all of the information learned during the HIMT program. This course is to be taken in the student's last semester of the program to prepare them for the national certification exam after graduation.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the national exam question format.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the volume and depth of study required for the national exam.
  • Be acclimated to board test taking and test taking techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically examine the written word as expressed in examination questions.
  • Develop research abilities to find, retrieve and understand information.
  • Use problem solving methods and deductive reasoning to assist in determining correct answers on tests.
  • Evaluate test results to determine the student's strong and weak points of understanding in HIMT.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply key knowledge and concepts of Health Information Technology.
  • Meet assigned objectives within a mandated time frame.
  • Demonstrate awareness, knowledge, comprehension, application, and /or evaluation of:
    • health data content, structure, standards and data sets
    • clinical classification systems
    • medical science
    • reimbursement methodologies
    • healthcare statistics and research
    • quality management performance improvement
    • healthcare delivery systems
    • healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, and ethical issues
    • information communication technologies
    • data, information, and file structures
    • data storage and retrieval
    • data security
    • healthcare information systems
    • human resources
    • financial and physical resources
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Prerequisites and co-requisites should be defined by home school's requirements.

Course Topics:
  • Health Information Function, Purpose, and Users
  • Health Law and Ethical Issues
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems and Clinical Terminologies and Classifications and Code Systems
  • Secondary Data Resources and Health Data Content
  • Data Privacy, Confidentiality and Security
  • Data Management and Healthcare Information
  • Health Information Technologies
  • Healthcare Statistics
  • Leadership and Management
  • Revenue Management and Reimbursement
  • Research and Data Analysis
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Performance Improvement
Specific Course Requirements:

Successful completion of this course requires competency in the course management system used in this course. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Student membership in AHIMA is required. Student membership cost is $49. AHIMA Student Membership

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:


Grading Procedures:
Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.
Assigned Grade
Point RangeAssigned Grade
2370 - 2204 pointsA
2203 - 2015 pointsB
2014 - 1825 pointsC
1824 - 1659 pointsD
under 1659 pointsF
Graded Items
4 Discussions @ 10 points each40
12 Assignments:
Assignment 1 = 50 points
Assignment 2 = 100 points
Assignment 3 = 55 points
Assignment 4 = 102 points
Assignment 5 = 123 points
Assignment 6 = 54 points
Assignment 7 = 100 points
Assignment 8 = 66 points
Assignment 9 = 102 points
Assignment 10 = 86 points
Assignment 11 = 60 points
Assignment 12 = 105 points
12 Exams
Exam 1 = 75 points
Exam 2 = 87 points
Exam 3 = 89 points
Exam 4 = 66 points
Exam 5 = 84 points
Exam 6 = 89 points
Exam 7 = 46 points
Exam 8 = 65 points
Exam 9 = 81 points
Exam 10 = 46 points
Exam 11 = 45 points
Exam 12 = 79 points
6 RHIT Prep Exams @ 50 points each300
1 MOCK RHIT @ 150 points150
1 Study Plan @ 25 points25
Total Points2,370
Grading Scale:


Assignments and Projects:

See Assessment Instructions in the Content Module for specific instructions on how to complete all of the assessments, terns to know, and discussion boards.

See Schedule in the Content Module for specific due dates for all assignments.

The degree of success in meeting the objectives of this course will be determined by assessing students' mastery of specific entry-level competencies as stated in the course objectives and RHIT
exam competencies. This will be accomplished through evaluation of the students' mastery of review examinations, practice simulated computer exams, a MOCK RHIT and discussion board participation. 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource. Students must check the course frequently for announcements, actively participate in threaded discussion boards, and respond to emails as needed. 

Late Policy:

Completion of all assignments by the required due dates is expected of all HIMT professional students.

A late submission may be allowed based upon extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the instructor and is subject to grade reduction. If you miss a deadline, you must contact your instructor immediately to explain the circumstance. A reset of your exam or extension of your due date may be granted. Any reset must be completed within 7 days of the original date due. Generally, no more than one reset is allowed per semester.

Students who know that they will be absent at a certain time may be able to complete their assignment early. Please contact your instructor to arrange to have your assignment opened for early
completion. This will not count as a reset.

*It is very important to review the schedule on a regular basis to keep up with all of your assignments. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021