2014-15 Catalog

Health Information Management Technician

 Associate in Applied Science


The Health Information Management A.A.S. degree program prepares students to collect, manage and maintain health records for various medical facilities, both in paper and electronic formats. Given the increase in use of electronic health records software, as well as security and privacy practices, the graduate will be prepared to manage and use health information to serve patients by managing communication between health care facilities and insurance providers. They help to organize and manage this data to ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security, using a variety of systems to maintain patient information, databases and registries, and medical and treatment histories.

Graduates will be prepared to be able to review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of health data; organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries; track patient outcomes for quality assessment; use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis; follow best practices for data security; and use information to assist patients by managing communication between health care and insurance providers.

  • Field is growing 21%, much faster than other jobs*
  • 32,300/year median salary*
    * U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission to the Programs:  Open

First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500

Associate in Applied Science

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
SOC.101Introduction to Sociology 3
MDT.100Medical Terminology 2
HIM.100Introduction to Health Information Mgmt (Introduction to Health Information Management) 3
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
CHM.100Concepts of Chemistry 3
AOP.101Keyboarding & Formatting 1 3
Spring Semester
ALH.110Introduction to Pharmacology 3
ALH.115Basic Health Statistics 3
ALH.120Medical Law and Ethics 3
BOC.120Customer Service 2
BIO.101General Biology 4
CIS.112Computer Software Applications 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
AOP.130Electronic Health Records 2
AOP.203Office Procedures 3
BIO.211Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
MDC.102Medical Coding Cpt 3
BOC.102Business Communications 3
Spring Semester
AOP.234Insurance & Billing in Medical Office 3
AOP.231Advanced Electronic Health Records (Advanced Electronic Health Records) 3
BIO.212Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
MDC.101Medical Coding Icd 3
SPE.110 or SPE.120Interpersonal Communication 3
Summer Session
Health Information Management Technician Practicum  
HIM.205Health Information Mgmt Tech Practicum 3
 Total Program Hours: 69.0


(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)



HIM.100 Introduction to Health Information Mgmt33

This course introduces students to numerous aspects of health information management. Emphasis is placed on health care delivery systems, health information management professions, and health care settings. Patient records, filing systems, record storage, circulation and retention, indexes, registers, health data collection, and legal issues are also covered as they relate to different types of health care facilities and practices.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS AAS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

HIM.205 Health Information Mgmt Tech Practicum153

The purpose of this course is to integrate classroom theory with practical experience. The student will be placed in a medical agency where the skills and knowledge of a health information management technician will be applied. The practicum will be supervised by a College faculty member and a job-site supervisor. Consent of instructor is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS, AAS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable