Health Information Management

2015-16 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

Prerequisites and Requirements

Program prerequisites and application expectations

  1. Completion of WR 121.
  2. Completion of MTH 58, MTH 63 or MTH 65.
  3. Completion of MP 111 or successful completion of a challenge exam offered on campus.
  4. Completion of CAS 133 or similar course that includes Microsoft Office within the last ten years.
  5. Students are encouraged to meet with the Cascade Allied Health Admissions Coordinator.
  6. Complete the program application and submit unofficial transcripts from any college attended other than PCC.
  7. 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. 
  8. Once admitted, students are strongly encouraged to complete program advising with a Health Information Management program advisor.
  9. Students must be able to provide their own transportation to clinical facilities.

Program requirements

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".

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 14
HIM 120Health Record Content 1 Lab1
HIM 128Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 14
HIM 182Health Care Delivery Systems3
Second Term
HIM 105Ancillary Information Analysis3
HIM 107Ancillary Information Analysis Lab1
HIM 121Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare3
HIM 129Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Management 24
Third Term
COMM 100*Introduction to Communication4
Public Speaking
HIM 131Medical Science5
HIM 136Medications3
General Education4
Fourth Term
General Education8
Fifth Term
HIM 141Health Record Content 23
HIM 270ICD Basic Coding4
HIM 281Data Management and Analysis3
HIM 283Health Information Systems4
HIM 286Data Management and Analysis Lab2
Sixth Term
HIM 271Quality Improvement in Healthcare3
HIM 273ICD Intermediate Coding4
HIM 274Quality Improvement in Healthcare Lab1
HIM 276ICD Intermediate Lab2
HIM 282Healthcare Statistics3
HIM 285Healthcare Financing and Compliance3
Seventh Term
HIM 272Health Information Management3
HIM 275CPT Coding3
HIM 277Health Information Management Lab2
HIM 290HIM Teams and Training3
HIM 293Health Information Directed Practice2
 Total Credits: 92

Could be used as General Education.


HIM 105. Ancillary Information Analysis. 3 Credits.

Develops knowledge of health care ancillary services, laboratory tests, and imaging services. English communication skills necessary. Audit available.

HIM 107. Ancillary Information Analysis Lab. 1 Credit.

Develops proficiencies in the skills taught in HIM 105. Corequisite: HIM 105.

HIM 110. Health Record Content 1. 4 Credits.

Introduces the concept of health information management and health informatics including the components of content, use the structure of healthcare data along with information keeping practices in both paper and electronic systems. Corequisites: HIM 120. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90, WR 90, MTH 20. Audit available.

HIM 120. Health Record Content 1 Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory course for HIM 110 Health Record Content HIM1 Lab and allows students to practice the skills and knowledge learned in that course. Corequisite: HIM 110.

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

Overview of the legal system and the legal principles that govern the delivery of healthcare. Covers patient confidentiality and the disclosure of patient information. Discusses codes of ethics and bioethical issues facing today's healthcare professionals. English communication skills necessary. 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 the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. 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, and some coverage of human development, human genetics, and immunology. Prerequisites: HIM 128; WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

HIM 131. Medical Science. 5 Credits.

Concepts of disease processes as they relate to the normal physiology of the major body systems. Audit available.

HIM 136. Medications. 3 Credits.

Covers appropriate drug uses, effects, dangers, and precautions; routes of administration. Reviews common prescription abbreviations, forms of medications and basic drug categories.

HIM 141. Health Record Content 2. 3 Credits.

Continues addressing the concepts of health information management covered in Health Record Content 1 including components of the content, use and structure of non-hospital healthcare data. Audit available.

HIM 182. Health Care Delivery Systems. 3 Credits.

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

HIM 270. ICD Basic Coding. 4 Credits.

Covers classification of diseases and current reimbursement systems utilizing ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. Prerequisite: HIM 131. Audit available.

HIM 271. Quality Improvement in Healthcare. 3 Credits.

Covers medical staff organization, physician credentialing, and quality improvement techniques in the healthcare setting. Audit available.

HIM 272. Health Information Management. 3 Credits.

Principles of personnel supervision and management of a health information department. Audit available.

HIM 273. ICD Intermediate Coding. 4 Credits.

Continues skill development for ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding of diagnostic and procedural statements utilizing applications of coding and reporting standards. Prerequisite: HIM 270. Audit available.

HIM 274. Quality Improvement in Healthcare Lab. 1 Credit.

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 110, HIM 120, HIM 131, HIM 182, MP 111, and (BI 122 or BI 233 or HIM 129). Audit available.

HIM 276. ICD Intermediate Lab. 2 Credits.

Includes the application of ICD-9-CM/PCS and ICD-10-CM/PCS skills and knowledge acquired in HIM 273. Uses case-summary coding exercises for enhanced learning. Corequisite: HIM 273.

HIM 277. Health Information Management Lab. 2 Credits.

Develop proficiencies in the skills included in HIM 272. 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.

HIM 282. Healthcare Statistics. 3 Credits.

Statistical analysis and presentation of administrative and clinical information and data. Prerequisite: HIM 281. Audit available.

HIM 283. Health Information Systems. 4 Credits.

Introduces the history and current status of information systems in health care: 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. Teaches strategies and tools to insure the development and/or selection of health information systems. Discusses 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.

Provides an understanding of the essential components of financing and compliance in health care facilities. Audit available.

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

Provides an opportunity to practice and apply the knowledge learned in Data Management and Analysis. Laboratory course for HIM 281. Corequisite: HIM 281.

HIM 290. HIM Teams and Training. 3 Credits.

Examines and develops skills for training healthcare teams, healthcare entities, and consumers on health information. Covers project management and the management of change in relation to health information management are also covered. 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. Prerequisites: HIM 270.