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Health Information Management

3 Careers in 1: IT, Business & Medical Science

Tidewater Community College offers the only accredited health information management program in South Hampton Roads. Health information managers are skilled in translating medical language into the codes needed for preservation and analysis of data, insurance reimbursement, and health care decisions. They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected. Flexible day and evening classes are available for busy students.

Attend a HIM Open House

Open House In person on Thursday, October 21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Open House Virtually online Thursday, October 21 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Please email HIM Program Director, Amy Shay, at ashay@tcc.edu for ZOOM Meeting Link. 

Can’t make those dates? Email Amy Shay at ashay@tcc.edu for assistance.

The HIM Program can be completed with flexible day and evening hours in a hybrid format.

Semesters:
5
Credits:
70
View Curriculum
Locations:
Virginia Beach Campus
Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management

This curriculum builds your health information management expertise through hands-on training, a clinical internship, and lectures in TCC’s state-of-the-art training facility. Course work includes human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, human pathology, and pharmacology. An 80-hour clinical internship and a 120-hour VLab simulated experience prepare you for the workplace. Students are qualified to sit for the AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) certification exam. Only graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs may take this exam.

Additional Program Information:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029. 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 info@cahiim.org.

Admission to the health information management program requires a separate application in addition to general admission to the college.

To qualify for this program, you will need to complete and submit the application by May 15th for fall admission.

Complete the online application here.

It is also strongly recommended that you attend an information session on health information management, which is held the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. (except in December) at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the health information management program.

Download program information packet

View upcoming information sessions

Individuals in the Health Information Management program may elect to pursue professional certification following completion of the associate degree. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers an examination toward the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), available to graduates of the HIM program.

Students are qualified to sit for the AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) certification exam. Only graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs may take this exam.

The following are the pass rates, employment satisfaction, and retention rates as reported to the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) for the August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 period.

  • 100% pass rate on the RHIT Exam
  • 100% employer satisfaction rate
  • 93% retention rate

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • have excellent communication skills
  • have strong computer skills
  • are detail-oriented