Health Information Management

2017-18 Edition

Cascade Campus
Technology Education Building (TEB), Room 103

Career and Program Description

Health information management (HIM) professionals manage health care data and information resources. The profession encompasses planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data. HIM professionals serve the health care industry wherever health information is collected, organized, and analyzed. HIM professionals work in a variety of health care settings, payer organizations, research and policy agencies and accounting and legal firms.

HIM professionals bring unique skills to the health care industry such as managing health records and health information systems, summarizing data into useful information, protecting the privacy and security of patient health information and assisting providers in understanding data flow and reporting requirements within the context of dynamic rules, regulations and guidelines.

The PCC HIM Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination given through the American Health Information Management Association.

The program begins fall term only. Students must receive a Pass grade or C or better in all program required courses. The program is designed to correlate classroom and lab experience with practical experience in health care facilities. The lecture and lab portion of the program is offered entirely through distance learning.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Health Information Management

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • Completion of WR 121.
  • Completion of MTH 58, MTH 63 or MTH 65
  • Completion of MP 111 or successful completion of a challenge exam offered on campus.
  • Completion of CAS 133 or similar course that includes Microsoft Office within the last ten years.
  • All CAS, HIM, MP, MTH and WR courses must be completed with a "C" or "P" or better.  For the application scoring process a "P" is counted as a "C".
  • This is a limited entry program. Complete the program application and submit unofficial transcripts from any college attended other than PCC.

Other Prerequisites

  • Students are encouraged to meet with the Cascade Allied Health Admissions Coordinator.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • None

Other Requirements

  • Once admitted, students are strongly encouraged to complete program advising with a Health Information Management program advisor.
  • After admission to the program, but before beginning practicum, students may be required to complete some or all of the following: criminal background check, proof of immunizations, and a ten-panel drug screening. There will be a cost to the student associated with completing this requirement. 
  • Students must be able to provide their own transportation to clinical facilities.

Health Information Management AAS Degree

Minimum 92 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
HIM 110Health Record Content in Acute Care Settings3
HIM 120Health Record Content in Acute Care Settings Lab2
HIM 1281Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 14
HIM 182Healthcare Delivery Systems3
Second Term
HIM 105Ancillary Information Analysis2
HIM 107Ancillary Information Analysis Lab2
HIM 121Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare3
HIM 1291Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 24
HIM 141Health Record Content in Non-Acute Care Settings3
Third Term
COMM 100*Introduction to Communication4
Public Speaking
HIM 131Medical Science5
HIM 136Medications3
HIM 270ICD Procedure Coding4
Fourth Term
General Education12
Fifth Term
HIM 275CPT Coding3
HIM 281Data Management and Analysis3
HIM 283Health Information Systems4
HIM 286Data Management and Analysis Lab2
Sixth Term
HIM 271Quality Improvement in Healthcare2
HIM 273ICD Diagnosis Coding4
HIM 274Quality Improvement in Healthcare Lab2
HIM 282Healthcare Statistics3
HIM 285Healthcare Financing and Compliance3
Seventh Term
HIM 272Health Information Management3
HIM 276Coding Capstone2
HIM 277Health Information Management Lab2
HIM 290HIM Teams and Training3
HIM 293Health Information Directed Practice2
 Total Credits: 92

Could be used as General Education.


 Choose one of the following to fulfill the requirement: (HIM 128 and HIM 129) or (BI 121 and BI 122) or (BI 231, BI 232 and BI 233) or (BI 121 and HIM 129).

HIM 105. Ancillary Information Analysis. 2 Credits.

Develops knowledge of health care ancillary services, laboratory tests, and imaging services. Prerequisite: HIM 110, HIM 120. Corequisite: HIM 107. Audit available.

HIM 107. Ancillary Information Analysis Lab. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to analyze diagnostic tests and results in an electronic health record format and identify the medical necessity for the tests. Prerequisite: HIM 110, HIM 120. Corequisite: HIM 105.

HIM 110. Health Record Content in Acute Care Settings. 3 Credits.

Introduces the concept of health information management and health informatics including the components of content, use and structure of healthcare data along with information keeping practices in both paper and electronic systems. Corequisite: HIM 120. Audit available.

HIM 120. Health Record Content in Acute Care Settings Lab. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to practice auditing health records and recognize key elements of health record documents. Corequisite: HIM 110.

HIM 121. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare. 3 Credits.

Provides an overview of the legal system and the legal principles that govern the delivery of healthcare. Covers patient confidentiality and the disclosure of patient information. Includes codes of ethics and bioethical issues facing today's healthcare professionals. Audit available.

HIM 128. Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 1. 4 Credits.

Provides the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a career in health information management. Surveys anatomical terminology, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Audit available.

HIM 129. Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 2. 4 Credits.

Provides the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a career in health information management. Surveys the endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, urinary systems. Includes some coverage of human development, human genetics, and immunology. Prerequisites: HIM 128. Audit available.

HIM 131. Medical Science. 5 Credits.

Explores concepts of disease processes as they relate to the normal physiology of the major body systems. Prerequisites: (HIM 128 and HIM 129) or (BI 121 and BI 122) or (BI 231, BI 232 and BI 233). Audit available.

HIM 136. Medications. 3 Credits.

Covers appropriate drug uses, effects, precautions, and routes of administration. Reviews common prescription abbreviations, forms of medications and basic drug categories. Prerequisites: (HIM 128 and HIM 129) or (BI 121 and BI 122) or (BI 231, BI 232 and BI 233). Audit available.

HIM 141. Health Record Content in Non-Acute Care Settings. 3 Credits.

Addresses the concepts of health information management including components of the content, use, and structure of non-acute health care data. Audit available.

HIM 182. Healthcare Delivery Systems. 3 Credits.

Covers the past, present, and future influences on the delivery of healthcare. Presents provider organizations and settings in healthcare, financing of healthcare, causes and characteristics of healthcare utilization in the Unites States, regulation and monitoring of healthcare systems and ethical issues associated with healthcare technology. Audit available.

HIM 270. ICD Procedure Coding. 4 Credits.

Covers classification of procedures utilizing the current ICD coding system. Prerequisite: HIM 105, HIM 107 and (HIM 128 and HIM 129) or (BI 121 and BI 122) or (BI 231, BI 232 and BI 233) or equivalent. Audit available.

HIM 271. Quality Improvement in Healthcare. 2 Credits.

Covers medical staff organization, physician credentialing, and quality improvement techniques in the healthcare setting. Prerequisites: HIM 110, HIM 120. Prerequisite/concurrent: HIM 274. Audit available.

HIM 272. Health Information Management. 3 Credits.

Covers principles of personnel supervision and management of a health information department. Prerequisite/concurrent: HIM 277. Audit available.

HIM 273. ICD Diagnosis Coding. 4 Credits.

Covers classification of diseases utilizing the current ICD coding system. Prerequisite: HIM 105, HIM 107, HIM 131, HIM 136. Audit available.

HIM 274. Quality Improvement in Healthcare Lab. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to practice reviewing health records for utilization review activities, assessing admission criteria, incident reporting and compliance with medical staff bylaws, accreditation standards and federal and state regulations. Corequisite: HIM 271.

HIM 275. CPT Coding. 3 Credits.

Introduces coding and classification systems for outpatient procedures and ambulatory care facilities. Prerequisite: HIM 105, HIM 107, HIM 131. Audit available.

HIM 276. Coding Capstone. 2 Credits.

Includes the application of all ICD and CPT code systems in the appropriate settings. Uses case-summary coding exercises for enhanced learning. Prerequisites: HIM 270, HIM 273, HIM 275.

HIM 277. Health Information Management Lab. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to practice supervisory and lead worker skills that include policies and procedure development, productivity calculations, budget planning, job descriptions, and data and information governance. Corequisite: HIM 272.

HIM 281. Data Management and Analysis. 3 Credits.

Covers the collection, retrieval, analysis and quality review of administrative and clinical information and data. Corequisite: HIM 286. Audit available.

HIM 282. Healthcare Statistics. 3 Credits.

Covers statistical analysis, healthcare administrative, and clinical information and data. Audit available.

HIM 283. Health Information Systems. 4 Credits.

Introduces the history and current status of information systems in healthcare, including information architectures, administrative and clinical applications, evidence-based medicine, information retrieval, decision support systems, security and confidentiality, bioinformatics, information system cycles, the electronic health record, key health information systems and standards, and medical devices. Covers strategies and tools to insure the development and selection of health information systems. Explores the role of healthcare information and communication technologies in healthcare delivery including their role in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery. Audit available.

HIM 285. Healthcare Financing and Compliance. 3 Credits.

Introduces the essential components of financing and compliance in healthcare facilities. Audit available.

HIM 286. Data Management and Analysis Lab. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to practice data management and record analysis skills including analyzing a health record for deficiencies, applying medical staff bylaws to record analysis, abstracting cases, resolving duplicate record issues, developing a data dictionary and formatting data for reporting purposes. Corequisite: HIM 281.

HIM 290. HIM Teams and Training. 3 Credits.

Examines and develops skills for functioning in teams and providing training for healthcare staff and consumers. Covers project and change management concepts in relation to health information. Prerequisites: HIM 121, HIM 141, HIM 182, HIM 270, HIM 273, HIM 275, HIM 281, HIM 283, HIM 286. Audit available.

HIM 293. Health Information Directed Practice. 2 Credits.

Provides practicum experience in health information management functions utilizing medical record technologies in a classroom simulation and/or under the direct supervision of facility personnel in local health care facilities. Includes practice exams in preparation for the national Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) Exam. Prerequisites: HIM 121, HIM 141, HIM 182, HIM 270, HIM 273, HIM 275, HIM 281, HIM 283, and, HIM 286. Prerequisite/concurrent: HIM 276 and HIM 290.