What is a Curriculum Map?
Curriculum Map is the term commonly used for the document titled: The AHIMA Curriculum Competencies and Knowledge Clusters Each academic level of health information management instruction is guided by a national model curriculum, the AHIMA Curriculum Competencies and Knowledge Clusters document for that academic level. These maps are evaluated for completeness and timeliness by the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education (CEE). All AHIMA approved coding certificate programs, and all CAHIIM accredited degree programs must comply with the curriculum map for that academic level when determining what content should go into a field of study. Non-approved and non-accredited programs are encouraged to use the curriculum map as a reference source when designing new programs.
How is it used?
Select the map that reflects your program’s academic level:
Then use the map as reference, making notes in the right column about where this content is found in your coursework. All maps reflect curriculum content, however, there are two components to the associate and baccalaureate curriculum maps:
- Curriculum content– check to make sure your coursework covers all domains and sub domains, and highlight where there are gaps. You may need to modify an existing course, or add a new course in order to remain compliant with the curriculum standards of CAHIIM and AHIMA.
- Taxonomy level– you may find that you do cover domain content in your course (For example: B1: Monitor and apply organization-wide health record documentation guidelines)but you cover it at the recall level (Bloom’s Level 2: Comprehension; grasping the meaning of the information) while the curriculum map requires students to be able to demonstrate Bloom’s Level 5: Synthesis; applying prior knowledge and skills to create a new or original whole). In this case, additional lecture material, more rigorous reading assignments, and problem solving assignments for students will need to be added to the current course to bring the student’s knowledge of a given topic up to the proper taxonomy level as defined by the curriculum map.
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