Employment opportunities abound for health information professionals. While many practitioners currently work in hospital settings, expanding opportunities for employment include those in ambulatory, long term care, behavioral health facilities, industrial clinics, state and federal agencies, private industry, and educational facilities.
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Health Information Management (HIM) degree provides a course of study that prepares entry-level health information professionals to perform a wide variety of functions related to emerging technologies and informatics, coding, data quality and reporting, billing and reimbursement, and management of health care delivery systems.
Potential positions for HIM professionals include:
- Medical Coding Professional
- Health Information Management Director
- Privacy Director
- Database Analyst
Annual salaries range from $35,000 to $70,000, depending on location and level of skills and experience.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to write a national examination. Successful completion of the examination leads to the professional credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
This program requires 60 credit hours of course work:
- For the 20 credits hours of General Education Requirements (GERs), refer to the most current UAS academic catalog
- Computer Literacy
- Introduction to Health Information Management
- Medical Terminology
- Alternative Delivery Systems
- Emerging Technologies and Informatics
- CPT Coding
- ICD-9-CM Coding
- Billing and Reimbursement
- Legal Aspects of Health Information
- Quality Improvement and Project Management
- Data Quality and Reimbursement
- Health Care Management
- Internship in Healthcare Management
High school diploma or GED is required for admission.
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management requires completion of English S111.
Placement test scores determine where students start in Math and English courses.
We recommend you take your placement tests in advance to assess your abilities. Knowing your English and Math skill levels is an important part of selecting the right courses for your choice of study.
For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the most current UAS academic catalog.