2016-17 Catalog

Health Information Management Technician

 Associate in Applied Science


The Health Information Management Technician is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree that 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. The practicum experiences for the Health Information Management Technician program will be gained with physician offices and clinics in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg Cottage Physician Offices, OSF St. Mary Medical Center and Clinics, and other surrounding community’s  agencies as needed.

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $32,300 *national mean average of US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: Low
  • Length of the program: Two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Fall
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings

Admission to the Program: Open

Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/academics

Admission to Health Information Management Technician program is open.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions' transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam.
  4. Meet with an advisor to select classes and complete the registration process.
  5. The following criteria is required of student’s upon entering the HIM 205 Practicum and all information will be explained in detail upon registering for this course:
  • Students entering the HIM 205 practicum course must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Health Information Management Technician Essential Skills with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students accepted will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen. The italicized items may be required depending on practicum site’s requirements.
  • Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  • Estimated Cost – Health Information Management Technician Degree

Please note that findings on the criminal background check, physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

College of Nursing & Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details.

Associate in Applied Science

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology 3
MDT.100 Medical Terminology 2
HIM.100 Introduction to Health Information Mgmt 3
ENG.101 Freshman Composition 1 3
CHM.100 Concepts of Chemistry 3
AOP.101 Keyboarding & Formatting 1 3
Spring Semester
ALH.110 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
ALH.115 Basic Health Statistics 3
ALH.120 Medical Law and Ethics 3
BOC.120 Customer Service 2
BIO.101 General Biology 4
ICT.110 Computer Software Applications 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
AOP.130 Electronic Health Records 2
AOP.203 Office Procedures 3
BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
MDC.102 Medical Coding Cpt 3
BOC.102 Business Communications 3
Spring Semester
AOP.234 Insurance & Billing in Medical Office 3
AOP.231 Advanced Electronic Health Records 3
BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
MDC.101 Medical Coding Icd 3
Interpersonal Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
Summer Session
Health Information Management Technician Practicum  
HIM.205 Health Information Mgmt Tech Practicum 3
 Total Semester Hours69

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