Health Information Management

Associate Degree

About the Program

In the Health Information Management program at Midlands Technical College, the student will become skilled in health information systems and procedures.  They will be trained to technically analyze; evaluate and manage sensitive data in health records according to licensure and accreditation standards; compile various types of administrative and health statistics and reports for planning and evaluation; code diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and statistics; design and develop computer-based patient record systems; and supervise the daily activities of a health information management department.

The HIM student will learn to release health information according to state and federal laws and to maintain and utilize a variety of manual and automated health information indices and storage and retrieval systems.  Students also receive detailed instruction in medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements for the health care delivery system. In addition to classroom instruction, students begin applying new knowledge in class laboratories and clinical settings at local health care facilities.

Graduates of the Health Information Management program earn an Associate Degree in Applied Scence that qualifies them to take the national accrediting examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education Programs - please see our program graduate outcome data

Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5800
(312) 233-1100

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Midlands Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Midlands Technical College.

After successful completion of the program and credentialing examination, graduates are qualified to be employed for the following positions: Health Information Management Department Manager/Supervisor; Health Information Management Systems Manager; Healthcare Privacy Officer; Information Security Officer; Insurance Claims Analyst; Records Technician Specialist; Clinical Coding Specialist; Physician Practice Manager; Patient Information Coordinator; Health Information Consultant.

Students who complete the Health Information Management Associate in Applied Science Degree can make application to earn a Bachelor’s Degree through a 2+2 agreement the college has with USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.

Learning experiences for students in the Health Information Management Degree Program are provided on the Airport Campus in the Lexington Hall classroom where students have access to simulated patient records and virtual hospital software. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with medical coding externship sites and healthcare facilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Following submission of resume/questionnaire and after a successful interview for the Pre-Health Information Management certificate, students who complete the Pre-HIM certificate with at least a “C” in each course (adhering to the Health Science Department timeframe and repeat policy) and with at least a 2.5 GPA can matriculate, according to the chronological order of completing the Pre-HIM certificate and as space permits, into the degree phase (Phase II) of the Health Information Management Program. Students must also provide acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results.

Special Requirements

For information on the Pre-Health Information Management Certificate, which must be completed first, click here.  

Students must complete all HIM technology curriculum courses with a “C” or higher in the time frame permitted by the Health Science Department and may repeat no more than two curriculum courses.

Students will be expected to maintain their student membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as well as join the MTC HIM Student Association.

Students are strongly advised to attend the South Carolina Health Information Management Association’s regional and annual meetings as student members in order to network with HIM professionals in the area.

Students taking HIM Courses will adhere to more stringent attendance policies than the general college policy.

Additional Requirements

  • Courses must be taken in the appropriate sequence as specified in the curriculum display.
  • Students should plan to sit for the American Health Information Management (AHIMA) credentialing examination during the last semester of Phase II or shortly after graduation. Eligibility for clinical rotation does not guarantee eligibility for certification examinations.
  • Refer to the Health Sciences “Additional Requirements” in the Academic Catalog (p.120) for requirements for all Health Sciences programs, such as background checks, drug screenings, health form and immunizations completions, CPR certification, insurance, equipment and supply purchases and technical standards/essential functions.

Clinical Regulations

The clinical phase of instruction is an integral and important portion of the Health Information Management program. During this phase, students will be involved in indirect patient care.

Students are responsible for their own transportation during rotations and to off-campus program-related activities, including clinical and laboratories to local facilities and possibly to sites up to 100 miles from campus.

When participating in a clinical experience at any affiliate health care facility, students are governed by the college policies and the affiliate facility’s regulations and the protocols. Affiliate policies may require students to submit to the same drug testing procedures and criminal background checks that apply to employees of the facility. Students may be dismissed from clinical activities and/or the program if found in violation of clinical affiliation policies.  CPR certification must be current for clinical rotations. All immunizations and health tests must be kept current.

Although low risk, students are required to observe standard precautions in all labs and clinics where there is a risk of exposure to blood and body fluids. Students must wear their identification badge while in clinical facilities in accordance with the “Lewis Blackman Patient Act of 2005.”

Students in the Health Information Management program are not permitted to receive compensation for time spent in a facility as a part of the clinical course assignment. These assignments are considered learning experiences and are part of course requirements.


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