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Health Information Management HIM.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 62 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Health Information Management
Effective as of Fall 2016

What is the program about?

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. Students preferring to complete on a part-time basis may take longer than five sequential semesters. The degree program consists of open-enrollment courses and program-specific courses with limited enrollment. The open-enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited-enrollment courses. Most second-year HIM courses are limited-enrollment courses. All courses in the program are available online. To qualify for entry to limited-enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the HIM program 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) that occurs virtually with HIM professionals. Students work online with professionals to experience HIM processes, projects, and “a day in the life�. Generally, these experiences occur online during daytime business hours, however, many sessions are recorded and can be accomplished asynchronously. 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. This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency and skill in the technology used by the healthcare information environment.
  • Apply effective skills in the areas of written and oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving in the practice of health information management.
  • Evaluate and appropriately apply principles of confidentiality and privacy congruent with the standards and ethics of the health information profession.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, organize and implement changes in the evolution of health information to electronic formats.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in classifications and nomenclatures sufficient to support reimbursement in multiple patient care environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the health information associate degree entry-level competencies as identified by the American Health Information Management Association.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors, attitudes and values consistent with and appropriate to the entry-level health information management professional.

Career Opportunities

Employment prospects continue to be excellent throughout the nation. HIM graduates work in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, mental healthcare and psychiatric facilities, home healthcare agencies, hospice facilities, physician offices, managed healthcare plans, 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.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


  • BIO 1121 AND HIM 1101


Upon successful completion of the HIM program, students are eligible to write the national certification exam. Upon passing the exam, students receive the RHIT credential (Registered Health Information Technician), which is recognized nationally.


Course Title Credits
ALH 1140 Fundamentals of Disease Processes 3
BIO 1121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO 1222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIS 1221 Specialized Computer Applications for Health Information Management 3
COM 2211 (Effective Public Speaking) OR COM 2206 (Interpersonal Communication) 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
HIM 1110 Health Information Processing 3
HIM 1165 Drug Classification for Coding 1
HIM 1201 Introductory Medical Office Coding 4
HIM 1204 Medicolegal & Ethics in Healthcare Records 2
HIM 1217 Alternative Health Records & Registries 3
HIM 2110 Ambulatory Coding 4
HIM 2144 Quality Improvement, Statistics & Research 3
HIM 2145 Health Information Resource Management 3
HIM 2165 Healthcare Data in Reimbursement 3
HIM 2211 Inpatient Coding 4
HIM 2233 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HIM 2252 Professional Practice Experience 2
HIM 2278 Health Information Management Capstone 1
MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 1100 (General Psychology) OR SOC 1101 (Introduction to Sociology) 3
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information

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 obtain the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.