Health Information Management - HIM

The Health Information Management (HIM) program at Central Oregon Community College prepares students for local or national employment opportunities in the medical field, information management and computer technology. It includes more than 40 work settings and more than 125 job titles. Salaries are continually increasing due to the high demand for HIM professionals.

Students entering the HIM program are required to have a criminal history check prior to being accepted in HIM 103. After students have registered for fall enrollment in HIM 103, they will be notified by the director with information on how to begin the Criminal Background Check procedure. A student may be prevented from entering the program if there is a felony conviction on their record. Click on the following document for details: Criminal Background Check for HIM Program

HIM Program Objectives

Professional Behavior and Ethics

Upon completion of the HIM program, our graduates will demonstrate behavior consistent with the AHIMA Code of Ethics.

Health Informatics

Upon completion of the HIM program, our graduates will be able to demonstrate the use of data and analytics in the quality improvement process in order to meet the needs of the changing health care environment.

Applied Skills

Upon completion of the HIM program, our graduates will be able to apply principals of anatomy, physiology, diagnosis/procedural coding, and billing and reimbursement within an electronic environment.


Upon completion of the HIM program, our graduates will be able to utilize leadership skills to facilitate change, build teams, mentor and engage stakeholders in the healthcare environment.

Technical Writing

Upon completion of the HIM program, our graduates will be able to apply professional writing skills to create documents relative to health information management.


Upon completion of the HIM program, our graduates will be able to communicate with others in a collaborative and professional manner in order to foster a mutually supportive environment.

Medical Office Specialist, Medical Billing Specialist, Coding... The future of health technology is at your fingertips.

COCC's HIM graduates rank as some of the top in the country.  Offering both certificate and degree options, COCC's HIM program trains students in medical coding, data management, medical billing, etc. preparing them for careers in ambulatory and hospital facilities as well as nursing homes and medical consulting firms.

Career pathways is a system developed to help guide students toward specific professional goals by providing a defined list of courses offering expert training. The various courses help lead students to completion certificates and/or degrees that identify the student as being qualified to work in a particular field.

Career pathways can be used by students recently graduated from high school OR by adults who have been out of school for quite some time. In either case, career pathway students need to have the desire to help themselves and the desire to explore the possibilities of a new profession.

Click to view the COCC HIM Career Pathways Roadmap.

COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For more information, contact the Health Information Management office at:
541-383-7732 or 541-383-7717