Health Information Management
Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Health information management professionals work in a variety of different settings and job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point in the healthcare delivery cycle. Having skilled HIM professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.
The associate of applied science degree program provides students with an opportunity to sit for the RHIT and/or CCS or CCA national accreditation exams. Students take lecture and lab courses, as well as clinical courses in affiliated hospital and other health care health information departments in the metropolitan area. Students are able to seek employment during the day, since courses are offered in the evening and online.
A career in Health Information Management is right for you if you:
- See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities
- Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients
- Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers
- Enjoy working with professionals such as physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators, and executives
- Want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both
Health Information Management Degree and Certificate
Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, transfer opportunities, and career information.
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Completion and Success Rates/Program Outcomes
The Health Information Management Program completes an Annual Program Assessment Review (APAR) report for CAHIIM.
Completion and Success Rates/Program Outcomes from the most recent (2020) program review include:
- On-time graduation rate = 98%
- Employed within six months of graduation = 94%
- RHIT pass rate (2021) = 80%
- Graduate satisfaction with program = 100%
- Employer satisfaction with program = 100%
The Health Information Management accreditor of Montgomery College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2027. All inquiries about the program's accreditation should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 20201; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at email@example.com
Students successfully completing the Montgomery College Health Information Management Program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Medical Coder/Biller/Abstractor Certificate Program and Health Information Management Program students are eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).