What is Health Information Management?
Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) is a five-semester, fully online program* with credentials built into the curriculum that you'll earn along the way. In fact, you can earn a medical billing and medical coding certificate within the first three semesters of the program. This valuable credential will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain employment while you continue your education and makes you eligible to sit for various external medical coding and/or medical billing certification exams.
* While instruction for this program is completely online, during the Professional Practice portion of your training, where you will gain experience and meet curricular competencies, you will work with a medical facility or company that may require on-site attendance.
Upon successful completion of the Health Information Management Technology degree, students are eligible to sit for the following external certification exam:
* This is a new program at WSCC, therefore we will follow the CAHIIM accreditation timeline. We will apply for a site visit in November 2022, six months before the first graduating class. Upon approval, students are eligible to sit for the RHIT certification exam.
While this program is open to everyone, we have developed it especially for those who have a busy lifestyle and need flexibility. So, if you work full-time, have a family, are looking for a career, or need additional credentials and education to advance your career, you can be successful in the HIMT program.
Applicants are urged to apply early. You must have the following to apply to the HIMT degree program:
- Complete a Washington State Community College application for admission.
- Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED Certificate.
- Submit an official high school transcript or GED Certificate, and official transcripts from any college(s) attended.
- Complete an application for the HIMT program.
- Submit three (3) non-family references.
- Successfully complete the one-week free online readiness course. (Starts Monday at 8:00 a.m. and ends Saturday at 5:00 p.m. every week. Sign up here.
- Completed H.S. Algebra II (or higher) or MATH 0106.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher when applying, and upon program entry.
- A grade of “C” or above is required in all courses.
Nationally and regionally, the future outlook for careers is above the national average. Credentials earned through this program are national credentials, which means you can apply outside the state you reside for employment and have a valid credential.
Professional Practice Requirements
If you live within a 20-county radius of WSCC or within 50 miles of Marietta, you will be placed in clinical sites for your Professional Practice course. Those who reside outside the surrounding area will need to work with the professional practice coordinator three semesters prior to registering for the professional practice course to ensure ample time to conduct research, secure a clinical site, and establish a contract.