The Health Information Management Technology (HIM) program prepares graduates who can identify and use a variety of health information resources and technologies to accomplish the objectives of diverse practice environments. In general, these individuals may perform tasks related to the use, analysis, validation, presentation, abstracting, coding, storage, security, retrieval, quality measurement and control of health care data. Their task responsibility may also include supervision of personnel. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The goal of the Health Information Management Technology Program is to provide an educational experience within the framework of professional standards. Graduates of the program may be eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Upon passing the examination, an individual is permitted to use the credential RHIT behind his/her last name. Earning a credential validates your competence as an HIM professional to employers and the public.

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Program Admission Requirements

Students must request an application packet from the health Careers Enrollment Center 216-987-4247 for comprehensive admissions and program information:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with “B” or higher.
  • Completion of MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra with "C" or higher, or appropriate placement score to enroll in 1000-level Mathematics.
  • Complete the following:
    BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I with “B” grade or higher
    IT-1010 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications with “B” grade or higher
    MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology with “B” grade or higher
    HTEC-1120 Critical Thinking in Healthcare (or PHIL-1000 Critical Thinking) with “B” grade or higher
  • GPA required: 3.00 admission requirements. 2.50 overall.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate competence in verbal, written and oral communication skills. Applicants whose native language is not English and test into the ESL series must take the TOEFL exam at www.toefl.org and score at least a 21 in Reading and Listening, a 23 in Writing, and a 25 in Speaking.

Other Information

  • 30 students accepted per year.
  • Core courses may only be repeated once to improve a grade.
  • Biology courses are acceptable for HIM program admittance for 5 years. HIM courses expire after one year of absence from the program and will need to be repeated if student requests re-admittance to the degree program.
  • Coding courses expire after one year.
  • Students who withdraw from or leave the Health Information Management Technology Program for any amount of time will have to reapply for admission and will be required to repeat all HIM courses previously taken.
  • Upon acceptance into program and prior to clinical practice, student must submit evidence of good health.
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Utilize oral and written skills to effectively communicate and interact with health care professionals, colleagues, administration and customers to enhance satisfaction.
  2. Develop effective interpersonal skills to conduct yourself professionally among clients, colleagues, and other health care professionals.
  3. Conduct yourself ethically and professionally according to the AHIMA code of ethics and standards of practice.
  4. Use a variety of techniques to problem solve and arrive at best outcome.
  5. Apply regulatory and accreditation standards to identify and support documentation compliance.
  6. Apply hospital policies, federal regulations and/ or state statutes in the release and management of protected health information (PHI).
  7. Identify areas of quality assurance/Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) that relate to risk management, utilization review and documentation compliance.
  8. Apply skills to find, build, research, manage and report both electronic and paper data.
  9. Employ auditing skills and methodologies to insure compliance, accuracy, completeness, regulations, policies and procedures, and protocols in the health care delivery system.
  10. Utilize knowledge and skills of anatomy and physiology (A&P), medical terminology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, code sets, reimbursement methodologies and regulations to analyze clinical documentation to accurately and thoroughly assign respective code sets for entity’s database and third party reimbursement.
  11. Apply skills to find, build, restart and manage the system.
  12. Apply management skills for the daily operations of Health Information Management department related entity.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
HTEC-1120 Critical Thinking in Healthcare 1,2 1
MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology 3 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I 1  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours13
First Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HIM-1301 Introduction to Health Information Management 3
HIM-1311 Legal Aspects of Health Care 3
HIM-1401 Systems in Healthcare Delivery 2
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
BIO-2600 Pathophysiology 3
HIM-1411 Healthcare Statistical Applications & Research 2
HIM-1423 Health Data Documentation, Sources and Classification Systems 3
HIM-1431 Healthcare Informatics and Information Management 3
HIM-2160 Coding with ICD-10-CM 2
 Credit Hours13
Summer Session
HIM-2130 Coding with CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) 2
HIM-2430 Medicl Reimbursement Methodologies 2
 Credit Hours4
Third Semester
HIM-2200 Project Management for the Health Information Management Professional 2
HIM-2260 Coding with ICD-10-PCS 2
HIM-2312 Quality Assessment and Improvement 3
HIM-2410 Management Practices in Health Information 2
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
HIM-2401 Intermediate Coding 2
HIM-2440 Fundamentals of Healthcare Workflow and Process Analysis 2
HIM-2851 Practicum I 3
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours64