Health Information Management—Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Health Information Management is a unique profession that combines facets of medicine, data management, and information technology, in ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and security of patient data. HIM professionals work in a variety of settings throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies, and home care providers.

MCC's AAS in Health Information Management is a 60 credit-hour-degree program that prepares you for a career in health information management where you will:

  • electronically assemble and track patients' health information
  • analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information
  • maintain and validate data for clinical databases and registries
  • use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis

MCC offers a 28-credit-hour Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program that prepares you to facilitate the processing of medical insurance claims. You can apply all credits from your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate towards your AAS degree. Complete the certificate in two semesters then continue coursework toward the completion of the AAS in Health Information Management, or work for some time and then return to complete the degree.

Accreditation

The AAS in Health Information Management accreditor of McHenry County College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate’s degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. 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.

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Program Outcomes

  • The AAS in Health Information Management program has a 100% graduation rate
  • The AAS in Health Information Management program has a 75% job placement rate in a healthcare setting
  • The AAS in Health Information Management program has a 100% pass rate (2020-2021) on the RHIT exam for first-time test takers. Higher than the national average of 78%.

Sample Semester 1 17 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-160#3 hrs,AOM-135#3 hrs,CDM-110#3 hrs,BIO-110#4 hrs,ENG-151 | SPE-151#3 hrs,MCC-101#1 hr

Sample Semester 2 15 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-137#3 hrs,HIT-235#3 hrs,HIT-240#3 hrs,ENG-151 | SPE-151#3 hrs,PSY-151#3 hrs

Sample Semester 3 14 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-138#3 hrs,HIT-139#3 hrs,HIT-180#3 hrs,HIT-220#2 hrs,Select a General Education Course#3 hrs

Sample Semester 4 15 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-237#3 hrs,HIT-210#3 hrs,HIT-260#3 hrs,HIT-270#3 hrs,HIT-280#3 hrs

Career Outlook

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Total Costs of AAS in Health Information Management

(in-district) Total Amount: $11,141

Credit Hours to Complete: 60

Weeks to Complete: 64

What you need to know about getting your AAS in Health Information Management (CIP 51.0706)

Total AAS in Health Information Management Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,690 $22,183 $27,863 $27,863
Additional Costs $4,451 $4,451 $4,451 $4,451
Program Total $11,141 $26,634 $32,314 $32,314

What makes MCC's AAS in Health Information Management program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

MCC's program is taught in a blended format allowing you flexibility during the semester.

 

Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 29-2071
  • HIM Program Staff

    Program Director

    Christina J. Coclanis-Loding, RHIA, CCS | E 212-D | (815) 455-8713

    Faculty

    Allison Minicz, RHIA | E200 | (815) 479-7884

  • HIM Program Mission

    The mission of MCC’s Health Information Management Program is to develop students who are skilled in healthcare and medical information management operations. MCC students shall be distinguishable by their critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, and technical competency. Students will use current and contemporary practices to demonstrate mastery in the Program Learning Outcomes.

  • HIM Program Learning Objectives

    Students will:

    1. Utilize medical computer applications and software to collect, store, create and retrieve healthcare data
    2. Develop clinical knowledge base through the study of the structure and function of the human body, pathophysiology, and diagnosis and treatment modalities
    3. Apply statistical tools, methods, and techniques to healthcare data collection, treatment, and research
    4. Demonstrate practical experience with reimbursement methodologies, coding, and classifications systems
    5. Explain how clinical quality assessment and performance improvement are conducted in a health information department
    6. Describe the organization, operation, financing, and management of healthcare systems
    7. Discuss legal and ethical issues as related to health information

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.