Health Information Management
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Offered through Health Professions
@ Forest Park
The Health Information Management program provides students with the technical skills and knowledge required to provide reliable and valid information essential to the healthcare industry. Graduates are specialists working with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. Health information management professionals work throughout the healthcare industry in a variety of settings. Common job titles include HIM supervisor, clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer registrar, data integrity specialist, and reimbursement specialist. This program prepares health information technicians to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM). This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students are required to complete the Foundation Courses prior to moving forward to the Area of Concentration courses for the Health Information Management Program.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
This program prepares you to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM) and adheres to the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Framework for HIT education.
The AAS degree in Health Information Management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Important qualities of a health information technician
- Analytical skills. Health information managers must understand and follow medical records and diagnoses,
and then decide
how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.
- Detail oriented. Health information managers must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.
- Integrity. Health information managers work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise discretion and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.
- Interpersonal skills. Health information managers need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.
- Technical skills. Health information managers must use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.
The HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT accreditor of Saint Louis Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for ASSOCIATE degree in HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT has been reaffirmed through [2022-2023). All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Reporting of Student Achievement and Outcomes
- Graduation Rate – 76%
- Employment Rate – 92%
- Other Outcome Rates
- Retention Rate – 72% (2021-2022)
- Student Satisfaction Rate – 88% (2021-2022)
- Certification Exam Pass Rate – 75% (8/1/2021 to 7/31/2022)
More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.
Faculty and Staff
St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day by offering high-quality educational experiences leading to degrees, certificates, employment, university transfer and life-long learning.
Hands on Learning
Students learn in dedicated labs and classrooms, featuring a one-to-one equipment ratio, the optimal experience for skill development.
Online courses are available, as well as intensive classroom-based, hands-on skill development. With evening and online classes, this program is specially geared for students with full-time jobs.
Cost of Attendance
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Program Career and Salary Information
Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.
The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.
Hours for all campuses: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.