Health Information Management

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Health Information Management (HIM) professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting, and analyzing data that healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare.  The HIM Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or concentration programs have admission, retention and graduation requirements which students must review and understand.

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About this Program

This program is in the Division of Business, Technology and Allied Health.

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As a current student, you can track your progress towards completion using DSCC's Degree Planning System (DegreeWorks).

Note

The Health Information Management program at DSCC is an online program. All HIM courses are offered online, except for the time students will spend in a health care facility for the two professional practices.

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NEED TO ENTER THE JOB MARKET QUICKLY?

DSCC has multiple options for students ready to start a new career or take their skills to the next level in their chosen field.

The HEALTH INFORMATION Management concentration provides students with a wide range of skills required to be successful in the Health Information Department of a medical facility. The graduate is eligible to write the national examination for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination.

Degree plan requirements for the Health Information Management concentration by catalog year:
2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016
Typical jobs: Director of a health information management department, assistant director/supervisor or clinical coder for a health care facility.

If you are interested in the areas of science and business and want to work in the healthcare field with limited interaction with patients, the Health Information Management (HIM) program is a great option.

Health information technology is a growing field with job opportunities available with medical clinics, hospitals, law enforcement offices and more. With some experience, many professionals can work from home, providing more job opportunities. 

With the RHIT credential, medical coders have a starting salary of approximately $30,000 per year.  The mean salary for medical coding is approximately $50,000.

The ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS CERTIFICATE can be completed in one year. The students become familiar with electronic health records, the legal aspects of health records in an electronic environment (including HIPAA laws regarding the EHR), and the software programs used in the Health Information Management Department for storage and retrieval of the EHR. Each course in this certificate may be applied to the HIT major and concentration.

Typical jobs: Assistant in EHR in all types of healthcare facilities, hospitals, nursing facilities (intermediate and skilled), rehabilitation (physical and mental), and same-day surgery center.

Degree plan requirements for the Electronic Health Certificate by catalog year:
2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016

The  Technical CERTIFICATE in MEDICAL CODING is designed to teach students the competencies necessary to assume the role of an entry-level medical coder for reimbursement in a structured healthcare setting such as a hospital, extended care facility, home health office, physician's office or other health care facility.

Typical jobs: Coder for reimbursement in a hospital, physician's office or other healthcare facility.

Degree plan requirements for the Medical Coding Certificate by catalog year:
2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016

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DSCC RHIT Certification Exam Outcomes

Time Period

AHIMA National Mean
Pass Rate

DSCC HIM Program
Pass Rate

DSCC Graduate Survey Satisfaction Rate DSCC Employer Survey Satisfaction Rate
2017-2018 73% 100% 90% 100%
2016-2017

70%

100% 100% 100%

2015-2016

67% 100% 100% 100%

2014-2015

70% 71% 90% 90%

2013-2014

71% 83% - -

2012-2013

76%

86%

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