Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM) is a growing field with job opportunities available at medical clinics, hospitals, law enforcement offices and more. With some experience, many professionals can work from home, providing more job opportunities. 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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As a current student, you can track your progress towards completion using DSCC's Degree Planning System (DegreeWorks).


The Health Information Management (HIM) program at DSCC offers courses online. Students will spend time in a health care facility for each of the two professional practices.  Students will need to go to a proctoring site for proctored exams."

Accredited by CAHIIM


The Health Information Management accreditor of Dyersburg State Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for an Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028. 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

Health Information Management Mission:

In concert with the mission statement of Dyersburg State Community College, the Health Information Management Program at Dyersburg State Community College enables students to improve their educational attainment through completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management. This degree provides students with the technical skills of collection, analysis, and use of health information, which are essential to the health care industry. Attainment of the degree also prepares students to obtain RHIT certification. 

In addition, the Health Information Management Program offers students opportunities for employment as highly-respected and skilled allied health professionals who contribute to quality care without having direct patient contact. Employment opportunities are found in hospital health information departments, clinics, surgery centers, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), home health agencies, hospices, hospital computer vendors, private industry, and other health-related agencies.

If you want to work in the healthcare field with limited interaction with patients, the Health Information Management (HIM) Program provides you with three great options:

Registered Health Information Management Technician

  • Ensure the quality of medical records
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data
  • Specialize in:
    • Coding a patient’s diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and research
    • OR registering cancer patients by compiling and maintaining relevant data for them

Starting salaries: Registered Health Information Management Technician: $12.40-$17.36 per hour

Degree plan requirements for the Health Information Management concentration by catalog year:
2023-2024, 2022-2023, 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020

Electronic HeaLth Record Technician

  • Use software programs to store and retrieve health records
  • Ensure health records are maintained according to relevant laws

Starting salaries: Electronic Heath Record Technician: $8.00-$12.00 per hour

Degree plan requirements for the Electronic Health Certificate by catalog year:
2023-2024, 2022-2023, 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020

Medical Coder

  • Code medical records for reimbursement

Starting salaries: Medical Coder: $15.35-$22.25 per hour

Degree plan requirements for the Medical Coding Certificate by catalog year:
2023-2024, 2022-2023, 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020

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DSCC RHIT Student Outcomes

Time Period

Pass Rate

Graduation Rate Employment Rate
2019-2020 80% 25% 80%
2020-2021 100% 25% 100%