Associate - Health Information Management

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Would you like an opportunity to learn to manage medical records and information systems? If so, you might seek admission to programs such as ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Information Management. You can discover more about this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Presented by ECPI University's School of Health Sciences, the Associate of Applied Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Information Management program is designed to prepare you to pursue careers in health information technology. You will be able to learn to process and manage patients' paper medical records and provide access to electronic health information. You will also have opportunities to learn to ensure the privacy and security of patients' health information as required by law. The program offers instruction in areas such as information systems, information policy, health data management, clinical work flow, and administration. You might complete your studies in approximately 1.5 years. This program is offered at select ECPI University campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in the Associate of Applied Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Information Management program at ECPI University, you must have a high school diploma or GED. You should be organized and detail-oriented if you would like to apply to this program. Technical, analytical, and leadership skills are also important.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The program requires completion of 78 semester credit hours. Your courses are outlined below.

Core Curriculum Courses

Course Code Course Title
HIM 100 Electronic Health Records
HIM 200 Health Information Technology I
HIM 205 Pathophysiology
HIM 210 Pharmacology
HIM 215 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Information Management
HIM 230 Clinical Classification Systems I
HIM 235 Clinical Classification Systems II
HIM 240 Health Information Technology II
HIM 245 Healthcare Delivery Systems
HIM 250 Reimbursement Methodologies
HIM 260 Healthcare Statistics
HIM 270 Clinical Classification Systems III
HIM 280 Quality Assessment & Improvement
HIM 290 Introduction to Management
HIM 295 National Exam Preparation
HIM 297 Health Information Management Externship
MED 104 Medical Terminology

Arts & Sciences Courses

Course Code Course Title
BIO 101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 104 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
COM 110 Principles of Speech
ENG 110 English Composition
HUM 205 Culture & Diversity
MTH 131 College Algebra
PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

Self-Integration & Computer Literacy Courses

Course Code Course Title
COR 191 Career Orientation
FOR 110 Essentials for Success
IST 120 Computer Applications

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Settings in which you might search for employment following graduation include hospitals, physicians' offices, insurance companies, mental health facilities, cancer registries, and hospices. You could seek responsibilities in patient services, scheduling, or billing. You might pursue the following positions at the entry level:

  • Health Information Management Technician
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Coder

Advanced Degrees

If you would like to build your leadership skills while studying healthcare and information technology, you could pursue a relevant 4-year degree. You could take courses in healthcare law and ethics, information security, strategic management, financial management, leadership, quality assurance, and patient care. Following are some examples of undergraduate programs you might explore:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics