This course will focus on giving the student professional practice experience in both a real healthcare setting and a virtual setting, using simulations and virtual lab software. The student will gain supervised practical experience with a minimum of 40 hours on-site at a healthcare facility. The student will complete a project for their practicum site and may be allowed and required to work on the project off-site. The practicum allows the student to gain experience as a health information professional in an actual healthcare work setting, and is essential to training and certification. This course should be taken in the last semester of the student's HIM program. Completion of all HIM courses. This course should be taken in the last semester of the student's HIM program. (3 credits)
This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Completion of all HIM courses. This should be taken in the last semester of the student’s HIM program.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate ability to problem-solve and complete tasks that are common for a health information administrator.
- Plan and administer a project within a health information department or related setting
- Observe or shadow health information management professionals in a healthcare setting or other setting related to health care informatics or the use of patient information.
- Complete health information department tasks successfully in a healthcare setting or other setting related to healthcare informatics or the use of patient information.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
On-Site Practicum Assessment
Practicum Timesheet Journal
Virtual Practicum Assignments
RHIA Exam Simulation Pre-Assessment - This is ungraded but must be completed in order to pass the course.
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Oachs, P. and A. Watters. (2016). Health Information Management Concepts, Principles and Practice. 5th ed. AHIMA Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN-13: 9781584264897
- Note: This textbook is used in several HIM courses and should be saved for preparation for the RHIA exam.
- AHIMA Virtual Lab Access Code.
- Note: This is an annual access code subscription good from September 1 - August 30 of each year. Students who already have an active account do not need to re-purchase.
- Shaw, P. and Carter, D. (2019). RHIA Exam Preparation - with Access Code. 8th ed. Chicago: AHIMA Press. ISBN-13: 9781584267249
- Note: This textbook is also used in HIM 499.
- All textbooks from core HIM courses should be used for review.
(Note: Course week runs Monday 12:00 am EST - Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Preparation for Practicum
Topic: Health Data Management
Topic: Health Data Management - Coding
Topics: Practicum Project Completion; Organization and Management
Topics: Privacy, Security and Confidentiality; Information Technology and Systems
Topics: Legal and Regulatory Standards
Topic: On-Site Practicum
Topic: RHIA Pre-Assessment Practice Exam
RHIA Pre-Assessment Practice Exam (not graded)
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.