Health Information Management (HIM.S.AAS)
- Division: Health Sciences
- Department: Health Information Management
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are experts in the field of managing and protecting patient health information, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnoses and procedures for health care services provided to patients in accordance with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. The Health Information Management program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. Students preferring to complete on a part-time basis may take longer than five sequential semesters. The degree program consists of open-enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program-specific courses with limited enrollment. The open-enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited-enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited-enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of prerequisite courses are required. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses. The curriculum includes a professional practice experience (PPE). Each fall term, two cohorts of students begin the technical courses that have limited enrollment. Local cohort students (students who live generally in the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are assigned to local PPE sites. The remote cohort students (students living generally outside of the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are responsible for securing an appropriate medical facility for their PPE. Most second-year HIM courses are limited-enrollment courses. All courses in the program are available online. Students may enroll in courses face-to-face on campus, online, or a combination. Face-to-face courses on campus are only available during the day. Students are generally required to complete their PPE during daytime business hours. Employment prospects are excellent throughout the nation. HIM graduates work in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, mental health care and psychiatric facilities, home health care agencies, hospice facilities, physician offices, insurance companies, law firms, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, consulting firms, medical research institutions and companies that market health information products and services. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.
The Health Information Management program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon successful completion of the HIM program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).