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Course Details

Course Code: HIMA497 Course ID: 4811 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This guided health information management (HIM) practicum provides an overview of health information services with hands-on and reality-based experiences in a health information department, or related site that will reinforce and enhance classroom learning. Students will also acquire technical skills through guided simulated online lab activities designed to simulate the activities that would be completed in an HIM department setting. Students will evaluate and utilize relevant HIM computer and software applications. This course is intended to give the student practical experience in HIM, and during the course students will employ practical application of previously studied theory, principles, and knowledge in data retention, retrieval, storage assembly, deficiency analysis, physician communication, and release of information. Prerequisite: Students may take the practicum after all other Major Required courses are completed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 08/22/21 Spring 2021 Session K 16 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 09/26/21 Spring 2021 Session C 16 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 10/24/21 Summer 2021 Session A 16 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 11/21/21 Summer 2021 Session K 16 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 12/26/21 Summer 2021 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply information technology to diverse aspects of HIM and communication.
  2. Use HIM related computer and software applications.
  3. Explain HIM concepts and principles taught during their course of study.
  4. Analyze solutions to problems arising in professional work settings.
  5. Examine the collection, retention, and retrieval of health care data.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words and contains two references..
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Book Title: There are no required books for this course.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A

Book Title:EHR Go (aka Neehr Perfect) - Program Key & purchase instructions provided inside the classroom. Students will need access for the entire program. This material is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author:No Author Specified
Electronic Unit Cost:$285.00
Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.