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2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Management, AAS

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This is the parent program for the Medical Coding, CPC  

Total Program Credits: 90 credits

Total Program Prerequisites: 24 credits

Estimated Program Length: Two years

Offered by the Health Professions  Division, 541.463.5617

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  

Program Coordinator Shelley K. Williams, BA, RN, RHIT, Bldg. 30, Room 210, 541.463.5182,

Dean Grant Matthews

Purpose This degree can be earned completely online. This program prepares individuals to work in the field of health information management (HIM). HIM is a diverse yet evolving field that incorporates medicine, management, finance, information technology and law into one dynamic career path. Graduates will be prepared to manage paper and electronic medical records, collect, aggregate, analyze, summarize and disseminate individual and aggregate clinical data. HIM professionals also protect and control the security and quality of records as well as supervise data entry and technical maintenance personnel. The HIM program includes instruction in: clinical and biomedical science data and information requirements; database management; data coding and validation; information security; quality control; health information content and structure; medical business procedures; legal requirements, as well as HIM professional standards.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this degree, the student will:

  • Apply critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and effective inter-professional communication skills related to health information management.
  • Apply principles of healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, ethical issues and data security.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to process healthcare information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dynamic healthcare delivery systems and regulatory environments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare billing, coding and reimbursement policies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare terminology and medical conditions.
  • Evaluate, use, and integrate information technology to support medical decision making and processes.
  • Demonstrate the application of information technology in the HIM environment.
  • Demonstrate the principles of leadership and management in the HIM environment.

Licensing & Certification The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Admission Information Students are admitted three times per year (fall, winter, and spring terms). Admission is restricted and is based on a program application. Please see the admissions and application information at

Advising Contact

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Co-op is required for students to earn their AAS HIM Degree. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of on-the-job work experience related to their educational and career goals. Through Co-op, students connect theory and practice, develop skills, expand career knowledge, and make professional contacts for the future. Work schedules and work sites vary. Students are required to be admitted into the HIM Program, complete a minimum of two thirds of their program coursework, have their coop requirements met, and have instructor approval prior to registering. Contact the HIM Cooperative Education Coordinator, Shelley Williams, Room 210, Bldg. 30, 541.463.5182.

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Career Pathways Roadmap

Lane County: 12
Statewide: 142

Lane County: hourly average: $20.28, annual average $42,197
Statewide: hourly average $21.69, annual average $45,115

Estimated Program Cost 

Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $450
Computers/Internet Service   $1,100
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $10,792
  Total Estimated Cost $12,342

*This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program. These fees and other course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

  • Prerequisites are required for some courses. See Courses .
  • If math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center then all credits must be completed to meet the math requirement.
  • Students can take all HIM Program courses prior to admission except COOP 206 , BT 206 , and HIM 280 .
  • All program prerequisites with the subject prefix BT, CIS, CS, and HO must be completed no more than five years prior to HIM program acceptance.
  • All program prerequisites can be completed online.
  • Coding and Reimbursement classes (HIM 270 , HIM 271 HIM 273 , and HIM 222 ) must be completed within five years of the start of the governing catalog.
  • For students who completed the Medical Coding Career Pathway Certificate, the HIM coding sequence (HIM 270 , HIM 271 , and HIM 273 ) plus one prerequisite computer literacy course (BT 120 , CIS 101 , or CS 120 ) may be substituted for HIM 114 - Introduction to Medical Coding .
  • Completion of BI 231 , BI 232 , and BI 233  with a "C" or higher is an acceptable equivalent for HO 150  and HO 152 .


PREREQUISITES must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. The following courses must be completed prior to applying for the Health Information Management program.

General Education

GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.

  • Arts and Letters (4 credits)
    Choose one course from the approved Arts and Letters  list

  • Social Science (4 credits)
    Choose one course from the approved Social Science  list

Program Core Courses

HIM 101  and COOP 206  / BT 206  must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. All other CORE courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.

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