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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.

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Applicants must do the following:

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or higher in each course.
  • Complete the Health Information Management online information session at
  • Have satisfactory scores on the NOVA placement test to qualify for MTH 154 or higher or completion of unit 5 in a developmental math, and ENG 111.
  • Provide evidence of good physical and mental health by submitting a physical exam form. The form must be completed before the start of clinical experience.

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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  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Northern Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
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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,

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
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;
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  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Northern Virginia Community College
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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.
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Peirce CollegeBachelor of Science Health Information AdministrationBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Peirce CollegeAssociate in Science Health Information TechnologyAssociateAssociate in Science4-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Health Information ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Empire Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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29-9021.00Health Information Technologists and Medical RegistrarsApply 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
29-2072.00Medical Records SpecialistsCompile, 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
11-9111.00Medical and Health Services ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.Management Occupations