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Health Information Management

As the country moves toward electronic health information, jobs in this exciting area will be expanding to meet an ever-increasing need for medical administrative professionals.

Potential Salary$40,000

topics Health Sciences

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CareersHealth Sciences

Why choose program or class?

Are you interested in a career in the medical field? Can you see yourself doing the administrative function of health care? Chemeketa offers HIM, a two-year associate degree which provides training in a variety of areas that support medical professions.

Chemeketa's Health Information Management Program is in candidacy status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). For more information concerning accreditation standards, contact the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education at –

  • 233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor, Suite 2150
    Chicago, Illinois, 60601-5800,
    phone number: 312-233-1100
    web: www.cahiim.org

Apply now for fall term. The Health Information Management Program is a limited enrollment, application-based program that admits 35 students on a first come, first served basis. If you are considering Chemeketa's Health Information Management program, you must first meet with a Health Information Management advisor before starting the program. Contact Counseling and Advising at 503.399.5120 to review the requirements. 

What will you learn?

Our experienced faculty will teach you the skills to meet our program outcomes –

  • Use health records to abstract, collect, and analyze data for use by a range of healthcare professions and health-related organizations
  • Apply current technology and basic assessment tools to manage and maintain health information
  • Use knowledge of structure, function, and terminology related to the human body to communicate in healthcare systems
  • Apply the principles of professional ethics and diversity to medical-legal matters, including confidentiality, medical records management, release of information, patient rights, workplace rights, informed consents, and electronic information in the healthcare facility
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills that build and maintain cooperative working relationships in the healthcare profession
  • Use the specific skills associated with their scope of practice such as medical coding, medical reimbursement, health records management, or health information management
  • Integrate and apply theory and skill in a healthcare organization through a work site experience
  • Apply advanced theoretical concepts of management to the health service organization
  • Analyze and interpret healthcare data and statistics for decision making in healthcare organizations
  • Identify the characteristics of major health care systems to manage the healthcare environment
  • Apply skills in leadership, motivation, and team building in healthcare settings

What will you do?

As a graduate of Chemeketa’s Health Information Management program, you may qualify for a variety of occupations, including –

  • Medical coder
  • Medical reception
  • Medical biller
  • Medical transcription
  • Medical records/health information
  • Medical insurance

A degree in this field can lead to careers in the following settings –

  • Hospital
  • Surgical center
  • Physician office
  • Long-term care/rehabilitation
  • Insurance/managed care company
  • Government agencies

  • Student Success Rates

    Not a limited enrollment program from 2013-2015

    Health Information Mgmt Student Success Rates201420152016
    Number of Enrolled  39 22 23
    Number of Graduates 33 34 17
    CPhT/ExCPT Pass Rate NA NA  
    Graduate Response NA NA NA 70.5%
    Graduates Employed NA NA 91.67%
    Graduate Satisfaction  NA NA 91%
  • CURRICULUM & PREREQUISITES

    An application for admission to the program is required. The first step to entering the program is to take part in an assessment process, which includes taking the college’s free placement test and then meeting with a Health Information Management advisor to review and complete the Academic Advising Worksheet before starting the program. All prerequisites and courses listed in terms one and two must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before entry into the third term. 

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Applicants that have courses completed from other colleges and/or universities can submit official transcripts along with the Request for Evaluation and Transfer of Previous Credit form. Please submit official transcripts and form to Enrollment Services, Building 2, Room 200. 

  • Program Application

    Apply now for fall term entry. The Health Information Management Program is a limited enrollment, application-based program that admits 35 students on a first come, first served basis. Please see the application for more details. 

    Applicants that have courses completed from other colleges and/or universities can submit official transcripts along with the "Request for Evaluation and Transfer of Previous Credit" form. Please submit official transcripts and form to Enrollment Services, Building 2, Room 200. 

    2018-19 Health Information Management Application

  • Student Handbook

    Review our Student Handbook to get useful information about the program and being a student at Chemeketa. 

  • Criminal Background Check

    Upon entry into the program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check conducted by a college approved vendor. If you do not pass the criminal background check, program registration will not be possible. 

    If you are arrested during the time you're enrolled in the program, you must notify the Health Information Management Program Chair of the arrest. Your status in the program will be reviewed by the Health Information Management Program Chair and the Dean of Health Sciences. A possible outcome of the review may be your inability to continue in the program. 

    For a list of disqualifying crimes, please see Disqualifying Crimes (short) 2017. For a more in-depth list please see Disqualifying Crimes Expanded List.

    For more information call the Health Sciences Department at 503.399.5058.