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. 

Credentials

Upon successful completion of the Health Information Management Technology degree, students are eligible to sit for the following external certification exam:

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technical (RHIT) 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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Complete a Washington State Community College application for admission.
  2. Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED Certificate.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript or GED Certificate, and official transcripts from any college(s) attended.
  4. Complete an application for the HIMT program.
  5. Submit three (3) non-family references.
  6. 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.
  7. Completed H.S. Algebra II (or higher) or MATH 0106.
  8. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher when applying, and upon program entry.
  9. A grade of “C” or above is required in all courses.

Employment Forecast

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.

Apply Online

Application
Reference Letter
Program Acceptance Packet

Submission Dates: November 1, 2021 until the program is full or start of fall classes
Health Information Management Technology Information Packet

Interest Form

Course Catalog

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To learn more:

Admissions
740.568.1900
admissions@wscc.edu

Health Sciences Office
740.885.5648

Christina Manley, Director of HIMT
740.374.8716 ext. 3723
cmanley1@wscc.edu

Health Sciences Student Success Coach

Click here to schedule a time with a Success Coach.

Amanda Stilgenbauer
740.885.5718
healthprograms@wscc.edu

Angie Iafrate
740.568.1960
healthprograms@wscc.edu