Health Information Management

The East Central College Health Information Management (HIM) program trains students to fill a pivotal role within the medical environment – connecting clinical, operational and administrative functions. Skilled HIM professionals ensure an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed.

HIM professionals are responsible for the quality, integrity, and protection of patient’s health information.

The online-based degree is available for full-time and part-time students.

 

 

cahiim-accredited-seal-1The HIM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

A degree in Health Information Management (HIM) is in high demand! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States with career opportunities in:

  • Acute and long-term care hospitals
  • Physician offices and clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Health plans
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient diagnostic facilities

By obtaining an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management from East Central College, graduates can earn an average of $48,205*.

*Midwest average. Healthcare Business Monthly.

Want to see more HIM careers out there? Explore them on this interactive career map!

The demand for an HIM degree isn’t going away, especially as medical records continue to move into the digital space. Hear from one ECC graduate who landed his dream job in Health Information Management.

Transfer Options:

The East Central College Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management is designed for students seeking employment immediately upon graduation.
However, many of the credit may qualify as transfer credit at four-year schools! Students seeking to transfer should contact the institution of their choice for more information.

Articulation Agreements:

East Central College has entered into an Articulation Agreement with Stephens College, Columbia, MO. At Stephens College, they offer a pathway for ECC HIM graduates to earn their B.S. in Health Information Administration.
East Central College has entered into an Articulation Agreement with Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. At Maryville U, they offer a pathway for ECC HIM graduates to earn their B.S. in Healthcare Practice Management.
By these agreements, East Central College, Stephens College and Maryville University express a shared commitment to increasing opportunities for student access to and success in a 4-year institution of higher education.

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Success Rates:

For the period of 10/1/13 – 9/30/14, the HIM program had an 80% pass rate for the Registered Health Information Technician examination (total: 5 first time test takers). National Summary: 71% pass rate (total: 4012 first time test takers).
For the period of 10/1/14 – 9/30/15, the HIM program had a 60% pass rate for the Registered Health Information Technician examination (total: 25 first time test takers). National Summary: 70% pass rate (total: 3581 first time test takers).
For the period of 10/1/15 – 9/30/16, the HIM program had a 47% pass rate for the Registered Health Information Technician examination (total: 15 first time test takers). National Summary: 67% pass rate (total: 3246 first time test takers).

Program Faculty
Stephanie J. Buchholz, MS Health Informatics & Bioinformatics, MSN, RN, RHIA
HIM Program Director & Associate Professor of Health Information Management
636-584-6611  Off: HH153

Nanette Sayles, EdD, RHIA, CCS, CHPS, CHDA, CPHI, CPHIMS, FAHIMA
Associate Professor