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Why study Health Information Management?

Learn how to manage and process health information — and establish the very core of a patient’s care — through COCC's Health Information Management (HIM) programs.

Through flexible class options, hands-on professional experience, and specialized certificate options, HIM programs teach data management, health care privacy, medical coding and billing, and more. Graduates are prepared for high-wage, high-demand jobs that require organization, detail, and a sense of stewardship.

"The programs are designed to teach both theoretical knowledge and practical skills — both of which are necessary in this field."

Amy Falkenrath, Health Information Management graduate

Before graduating, Health Information Management students gain real-world experience during their second-year professional practice experience.

Through this 40-hour internship program, students are matched with local organizations where they develop valuable on-the-job skills.

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Program-Specific Information

As one of three accredited programs in Oregon, the two-year Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management degree makes students eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam. This sought-after national certification is transferrable to all 50 states and provides graduates the opportunity to work internationally with U.S.-based corporations. Graduates can also pursue bachelor's degree transfer options through the University of Cincinnati and Oregon Institute of Technology.

In addition to the AAS degree option, COCC also offers a Medical Office Specialist certificate, which prepares students for entry-level employment as medical office specialists without having to sit for a national credential.

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