Health Information Management

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community Colleges Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum. You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program. For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are trained in information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare organization. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records. HIM professionals ensure a patient’s health information and record are complete, accurate and protected. HIM professionals work in a variety of settings and job titles. They may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, office- based physician practices, home health agencies, mental health facilities, managed care companies, and public health agencies. They may also be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors. Health Information Management Professionals:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. An additional role for RHITs is cancer registrars - compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.
  • Other duties may include maintaining and using a variety of health information indexes; special registries and storage retrieval systems; inputting and retrieving electronic health data; controlling the use and release of health information and compiling various administrative and health statistics.

To fulfill these responsibilities, health information management professionals must develop a broad range of clinical and technological skills.

The Health Information Management program at Volunteer State Community College is a two-year associate of applied science degree. The HIM degree is offered as a hybrid program, all the HIM courses are online, except for the Professional Practice Experience course in which the student is assigned to a site to blend what is learned in class with practice in real world HIM applications. General education courses may be taken on ground or online.

The Health Information Management program at Volunteer State Community College uses the 2018 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Curriculum Competencies including the Data Management (DM) track competencies and Revenue Management (RM) track competencies. The AHIMA VLab is the virtual practice environment for health information education and is used within the VSCC HIM curriculum.

HIM graduates are eligible to sit for the AHIMA RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) certification examination. The RHIT credential is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in Health Information Management. The VSCC HIM students sit for the RHIT certification exam during their last semester, prior to graduation.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at http://www.volstate.edu/Testing/Services.php

If you are interested in the HIM program, please email Valerie D. Bowling, HIM Program Director, at Valerie.Bowling@volstate.edu  and request additional information on the HIM Program.

Accreditation

CAHIIM logoThe Health Information Management accreditor of Volunteer State Community College at the Gallatin campus is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org

HIM Program Outcomes

HIM Program Graduate Survey Outcome

Time Period Graduate Satisfaction Rate
2019-2020 100%
2018-2019 100%
2017-2018 100%
2016-2017 92%
2015-2016 88%

HIM Employment Rates

Time Period EMPLOYED IN HIM OR RELATED HEALTHCARE FIELD
2019-2020 45%
2018-2019 78%

HIM Program Employer Satisfaction Survey Outcomes

Time Period Employer Satisfaction Rate
2019-2020 100%
2018-2019 100%
2017-2018 75%
2016-2017 100%
2015-2016 67%

RHIT Certification Exam Outcomes

Time Period AHIMA National Mean VSCC HIM Program
  Pass Rate Pass Rate
2019-2020 59% 65%
2018-2019 75% 63%
2017-2018 74% 86%
2016-2017 69% 44%
2015-2016 68% 70%

Program Completion Rates (Four-Year History)

  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020

# students admitted

14 14 9 11
# and % completed *13 | 95% 14 | 100% 9 | 100% 11 | 100%

*anticipated Summer, 2017

Enrollment Requirements

Admission into the HIM Program is limited to 25 students. Minimum criteria to be considered for OFFICIAL acceptance into the HIM program is:

  • Any developmental/remedial courses must be successfully completed to be considered for admission into the Program.  
  • Successful completion of the following courses (grade of C or better). Please note, when you screen in the spring you may not have completed all the required courses, so if you are accepted it is contingent on you making a “C” or better by the end of the spring semester in all the required courses:
    • HIMT 1301 - Introduction to Health Information Management
    • INFS 1010 - Microcomputer Literacy & Applications (students planning to go into HIM cannot test out of this course)
    • BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
    • BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • AHC 115 - Medical Terminology
    • ENGL 1010 – English Composition
  • If you are planning to attend school full time, you will also complete the following courses by the end of the spring semester you are screening for acceptance into the HIM Program:
    • MATH 1530 - Introductory Statistics
    • PSYC 1030 – General Psychology
    • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics
  • If you are planning to attend school part time, you will complete the following courses during your first three semesters after being accepted into the HIM Program:
    • MATH 1530 - Introductory Statistics (summer semester)
    • PSYC 1030 – General Psychology (fall semester)
    • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics (spring semester)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Completion of an Application Packet to the Health Information Management Program and interview for screening purposes.

Please contact Valerie D. Bowling, HIM Program Director, by January 24 to request an HIM Application packet. You may email her at Valerie.Bowling@volstate.edu to request your packet. You will be given an official Application Packet to the Health Information Management Program to complete during the spring semester. This includes a background check. The Application must be completed and turned in to the Program Director no later than February 28 to be considered for the HIM program beginning in the summer.