Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HIM 128
Course Title:
Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 1
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Course Description

Provides the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a career in health information management. Surveys anatomical terminology, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, and the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Apply fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology in the clinical functions of health information management.
2. Communicate with other healthcare professionals an understanding of human anatomy and physiology through verbal, written, and multimedia means.
3. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to the interpretation of clinical data in medical records.
4. Use an understanding of anatomy for qualitative analysis of patient records.
5. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology concepts to validate patient diagnosis and procedure codes as they relate to integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course is designed as a lecture format to be delivered via online distance learning instruction for Health Information Management students. The written lectures will be accompanied by various assignments, exams, and interactive projects to reinforce lecture material. There is no laboratory associated with this class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes (topics that thread through all of the instruction)
A. Application of anatomy & physiology concepts as they relate to the science of medicine.
Concepts (things that need to be known and understood in support of the outcomes)
A. Anatomical terminology
B. Fundamentals of cell structure and function of the human body
C. Pathological conditions related to integumentary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems
Issues (things that may need to be €œovercome€ in order to achieve the outcomes)
A. Communication of anatomy & physiology concepts with other healthcare professionals
B. Knowledge of resources available
C. Applying concepts and principles of anatomy & physiology to the study of health and disease
Skills (mastered by repetition and practice in order to achieve the outcomes)
A. Knowledge of pathological conditions related to each body system
B. Proficient communication with other healthcare professionals
C. Uses critical thinking to evaluate medical conditions