Health Information Management - Application Process


To be considered an HIM student, the following criteria must be met: 

  1. A completed formal application submitted to Volunteer State Community College, (there is no charge for submitting the application) 
  2. All high school transcripts, GED scores, and previous college transcripts forwarded to Admissions. Transcripts must be official and copies will not be accepted. 
  3. If you are a new or returning college student, you will be required to take the ACCUPLACER placement exam unless you have recent satisfactory ACT or SAT test scores.  The ACCUPLACER exam is used to evaluate your proficiency level in reading, writing, basic mathematics, and algebra. You should contact the testing center at (615) 230-3484 as soon as possible to schedule your testing. The results of the tests will determine if you will be required to take any remedial/developmental courses prior to any college level courses. Developmental Math testing is not required for the HIM program.
  4. Complete and submit the Health Information Management Program Letter of Intent (see Attachment 1 in Information Packet)
  5. Please declare your major as “Health Sciences A.S. with emphasis in HIM. Once you are accepted into the HIM program your major will be updated to Health Information Management, A.A.S.

Minimum Criteria

Minimum criteria to be considered for OFFICIAL acceptance into the HIM program:

  1. Any developmental/remedial courses must be successfully completed to be considered for admission into the Program.  
  2. 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 of 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 of 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
    • PSYCH 1030 – General Psychology 
    • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics
  3. Please contact Valerie D. Bowling, HIM Program Director, by January 24 to request an HIM Application Packet. You may email her at  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. 
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.  
  5. Completion of an interview for screening purposes.  

Preference will be given to students who have completed all general education requirements including, General Psychology, Ethics, and English Composition I.  If you have not completed these courses at the time of admission, it will take two years to complete the HIM degree.

Selection and Notification

The selection process is held once a year and the maximum class size is 25 students per year. Formal admission into the program is a competitive process. The Program adheres to the College’s equal opportunity policy.

Currently, the following weighted criteria will be used to determine acceptance into the program:

  • BIOL 2010 grade
  • Number of successfully completed pre-HIM and required general education courses for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Management Interview score 
  • GPA of pre-HIM and general education courses
  • Strength of personal references
  • Formal acceptance will only be confirmed after the required background check has been successfully completed
  • A drug screen is required in the fall before students go on PPE (Professional Practice Experience).

The HIM Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission criteria. No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission criteria are met.  The student will be notified of acceptance prior to the summer semester.