Health Information Management

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Health Information Management (152)
2 Years (4 Full-Time Semesters)

The Lord Fairfax Community College Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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Accreditation was awarded in May, 2017.

The health information management degree is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, interpret and analyze patient data and to communicate information related to the research, planning, provision and evaluation of every day operations in health care services. Additionally, students gain skills to manage positions related to the functions. This program is beneficial to individuals who are seeking career advancement and eligibility for the national certifying examination — Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Occupational objectives upon completion of this program include: Health Information (Medical Records) Assistant/Technician, Medical Coder, Coding Manager/Supervisor, Health Information Supervisor/Office Manager, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Privacy Officer, Health Data Analyst. The Health Information Management (HIM) associate degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Accreditation Status

The Health Information Management (HIM) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Students in their final semester and graduates of the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Certification is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in Health Information Management.

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HIM Retention







2016-17 Graduate Job Placement 
73% of Health Information degree graduates were employed in the HIM or related field within a year after graduation.

Student Satisfaction
One hundred percent of HIM students surveyed in their last term during the 2016-17 school year strongly agreed or agreed that the Lord Fairfax Community College Health Information Management program helped them acquire skills necessary to do their job, to use sound judgement, and communicate effectively in the work setting.

Course List

This is a general list of courses required for this program. For a complete list of courses and requirements view “Program Information”.

Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences
College Composition I
Medical Terminology I
Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I
Orientation to Health Information Management
Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
Medical Terminology II
Healthcare Information Systems
Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation (2 Cr.)
Health Data Classification Systems I
Introduction to Human Pathology
Supervision and Management Practices
Information Systems and Technology in Health Care
Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT
Professional Development
Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings (2 Cr.)
Health Record Applications I
Health Record Applications II
Health Statistics
Coordinated Internship

Program Information

Academic Plan

Program Requirements

The two-year curriculum in Health Information Management includes instruction in administrative management, medical coding, medical administrative technology, and general education. Students are advised to check with an advisor in planning their programs and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Health Information Management.
The associate degree may be completed in four semesters if the following conditions are met:
  • Placement tests indicating readiness to enroll in ENG 111. 
  • Students without computer or keyboarding skill (below 25 words per minute) must complete the prerequisite course AST 101 or below 45 wpm) AST 102 prior to enrolling in ITE 115.
  • Students are willing to enroll in day and evening classes
  • Note: BIO 141/142 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may be substituted for BIO 145.
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