Health Information Management (HIM)
Why Study Health Information Management?
The Health Information Management (HIM) program at Central Oregon Community College prepares students for local or national employment opportunities in the healthcare 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.
All Health Information Management classes are offered ONLINE to provide flexibility for distance learners and working students. See HIM Registration Information for more information.
The Health Information Management Program guides and supports students to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully enter the Health Information Management professional workforce.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Registered Health Information Technician and Medical Coding; The future of health
information management 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 data management, healthcare privacy and security, medical coding, medical billing, etc. preparing them for careers in ambulatory and hospital facilities as well as long-term care and medical consulting firms.
COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
For more information, contact the Health Information Management office at: 541-383-7717
HIM Program Outcomes
Graduation rate, 2022-2023: 80%
RHIT exam first-time pass rate 2022-2023: 100%*
Employment rate for 2023 graduates: 100%**
*National first-time pass rate, 2022-2023: 68%
**Employment rate based on total number of survey respondents.
The Health Information Management accreditor of Central Oregon 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.
Graduates of the COCC HIM program with an AAS degree in Health Information Management are eligible to take the national credential exams for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
HIM Transfer to Bachelor's Programs
Continue advancing your education by pursuing your bachelor's of science degree with junior standing at the University of Cincinnati or the Oregon Institute of Technology. COCC's HIM students may apply up to 68 credits toward a Bachelor of Science-Health Information Management with the University of Cincinnati (a fully online program), or up to 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology and Management with the Oregon Institute of Technology.
HIM program credits may also be transferred to most CAHIIM accredited bachelor of science programs across the nation.