Health Information Management, Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Health Information Management program is offered mostly in an online setting, with the exception of students being required to complete two Professional Practice Experience’s on site of a healthcare organization, under the supervision of a Health Information Management Professional. 

Program Description for Health Information Management

The Health Information Management (HIM) AAS is a 66 credit degree that can be completed in five terms. The HIM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the AAS are eligible to write for the national certification exam – Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It is strongly recommended that students join AHIMA, which is the professional organization for HIM, as a resource to utilize during the program and to help with networking. Graduates of the HIM AAS degree will be eligible for entry or mid-level positions in a physician’s office, hospital setting or other healthcare organization.

The program has an enhanced focus on data management and revenue cycle management in healthcare. Students will need base knowledge in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, medical terminology, computer concepts and applications, and math statistics. Pre-requisite courses in these areas are required before beginning most of the core courses of the program. Core courses in the program include areas in data structure, content, and information governance, health information protection, informatics, analytics, and data use, revenue cycle management, health law and compliance, and organizational management and leadership. 

The program is offered in an online setting, with the exception of the Professional Practice Experience, which requires a student to be available to be on site at a healthcare organization working with Health Information Management Professionals. There are two 96 hours Professional Practice Experiences schedule throughout the program, the Healthcare Site Coordinator will assist students with locating a site in their area. 

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Award Options for Health Information Management

 

Job Outlook for Health Information Management

Employment of medical records and health information management technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed.

Technicians that demonstrate a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand. The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $30,610 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and $39,490. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,060.

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Accreditation of Health Information Management Program

CAHIIM Accredited Program

The Health Information Management accreditor of Scott Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The College’s accreditation for Associate Degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Program Outcomes for Health Information Management

Year 2018 2019 2020

Enrollment Head Count

68

75

69

Graduation Rate*

53.95%

40.26%

49.33%

Employment Rate

80%

83.33%

62.5%

Certification Exam Pass Rate

100%

83.33%

83.33%

National Exam Pass Rate

63%

76%

73%

*Graduation rates are difficult to determine for this program, due to high volume of part-time students enrolled.

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