Health Information Management, A.A.S.Associate of Applied Science
Northern Virginia Community College
The curriculum is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate, and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of healthcare services. It provides students with a unique blend of courses in information technology, business management, and clinical knowledge. Students who possess an interest in studying diseases and therapies but who prefer not to work in a direct patient care setting find this career very rewarding. An interest in using computers to manage data is also important. Health information management professionals are experts on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. Employment opportunities exist in all types of healthcare delivery organizations (hospitals, ambulatory care centers, home health services, and long-term care facilities) plus managed care, consulting firms, claims and reimbursement companies, and research firms. Graduates of the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Certification is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in health information management.
Program Credit Requirements
If you wish to see how your credits may apply, you can:
- Contact the institution where a staff member can help you map your credits to the requirements for this program.
- View the program requirements listed in the institution's catalog.
Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Requirement Notes
Applicants must do the following:
Special Accreditation Status: The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Clinical Requirements: Students are required to complete two nonpaid professional practice experiences (PPEs)/Clinical prior to graduation. Students will be assigned a site for each clinical and will not be allowed to complete a clinical at a hospital where they are employed if they work within the HIM Department. For additional information on completion of clinicals, please see the HIM Program Office.
Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better before taking the next course in the sequence.
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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|Associate Transfer Degree Completion||Students who have graduated with at least an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled NOVA's SDV requirement. Any other course transfers are evaluated based on the student's transcript, https://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit/index.html
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|Credit for Prior Learning||NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the integrity of our academic programs. Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional. ways; https://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/|
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College Level Information
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|Is This College Right For Me?||Our classes feature up-to-date technology and course content to prepare you for a competitive job market; We also offer courses that will transfer to colleges all over Virginia and the nation. In fact, NOVA has guaranteed admission agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities for students who meet specific requirements.|
|Transfer Student Catalog Year||Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.|
|First Year Student Catalog Year||Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.|
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
|Institution||Title||Degree||Award Name||Award Level|
|Peirce College||Bachelor of Science Health Information Administration||Bachelor||Bachelor of Science||4-Year|
|Laurel Ridge Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Management||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Peirce College||Associate in Science Health Information Technology||Associate||Associate in Science||4-Year|
|Tidewater Community College||Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Mountain Empire Community College||Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
Careers Where This Degree Applies
|29-9021.00||Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars||Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification and analysis of computerized healthcare systems. Abstract, collect, and analyze treatment and followup information of patients. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the healthcare information system. May design, develop, test, and implement databases with complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status to help monitor diseases.||Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations|
|29-2072.00||Medical Records Specialists||Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry's numerical coding system. Includes medical coders.||Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations|
|11-9111.00||Medical and Health Services Managers||Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.||Management Occupations|