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Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM)
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

About

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree provides a pathway for graduates of associate degree programs in health care fields to attain a baccalaureate level education in the dynamic Health Information Management (HIM) field. The specialized field of Health Informatics and Information Management is an exciting career choice. Health information professionals are in high demand as the health sector continues to expand.

CAHIIM logoThe HIM Applied Baccalaureate degree is offered completely online. This provides convenience and flexibility for students balancing work and family commitments, while providing an excellent, affordable education.

Accreditation Status

The Health Information Management accreditor of Tacoma Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

The College’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2027.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to:

CAHIIM 
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100 
Chicago, IL, 60601 
Phone  312.235.3255 
Email info@cahiim.org

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national accreditation examination. 

Certification Information

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), educational institutions must provide information related to whether their programs will fulfill educational requirements for specific professional licensure or certification and to inform prospective students whether their degree upon graduation will qualify them to work in the state where they are located.  Graduates of the HIM program are eligible to sit for the RHIA exam, which is valid in every state.

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Admission Virtual Information Course

The Admission Virtual Information Course is part of the BAS admission process.

 

Application Factors

TCC receives more applicants to the BAS program than there are available positions. Please review the factors we consider when accepting applications.

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 HIM BAS Program

TCC's HIM BAS degree program prepares students for successful employment. Here's a snapshot of what the program entails. 

Degree Requirements
Costs
Outcomes
HIM BAS Program Classes
Career & Salary
Continuing to a Masters

Requirements of Admission to Program

Associate Degree in health or business (or 90 college level credits)

Students may be admitted to the program, but must complete the following lower division courses with an earned grade of C or higher prior to taking 300 level HIM courses:

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition
  • BIO& 175 Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • HIT 160 Pathophysiology
  • MATH 136 Inferential Statistics OR MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • CU 203 Excel II

General Education - Credit Hours: (30 Required)

COMMUNICATION: 5 credits

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I

HUMANITIES: 5 credits - recommend to choose from the following

  • CMST 110 Multicultural Communication
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMST 320 Professional and Organizational Communication

SOCIAL SCIENCE: 5 credits – recommend to choose from the following

  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 360 Health Psychology
  • SOC 262 Race and Ethnic Relations

NATURAL SCIENCE: 10 credits

  • BIO&175 Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • HIT 160 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

QUANTITATIVE SKILLS: 5 credits

  • MATH 136 Inferential Statistics
    or
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics

Upper Division General Education - Credit Hours: (15 Required)

  • ENGL 301 Written Communication in the Workforce
  • PHIL 320  Ethical Decision Making
  • PSYC 301 Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare

HIM BAS Core Requirements - Credit Hours: (63 Required)

  • LS 301      Research Skills for Healthcare (2)
  • HIM 301   Foundations in Health Information (5)
  • HIM 315   Health Law (3)
  • HIM 320   Information Protection (3)
  • HIM 325   Health Data Structure & Quality (5)
  • HIIM 330  Classifications & Coding (5)
  • HIM 335   Organizational Management in Healthcare (5)
  • HIM 415   Foundations in Data Use (5)
  • HIM 425   Information Governance (5)
  • HIM 435   Revenue Cycle Management (5)
  • HIM 445   Analytics and Data Use (5)
  • HIM 465   Health Compliance (5)
  • HIM 475   Leadership in Healthcare (5)
  • HIM 485   Capstone/Internship (5)

College Level Elective Courses - Credit Hours: (72 Required)

Can include any college level course. Students will work with advisors to choose appropriate classes based on their previous education and work experience. Topics should include the following:

  • CU 103     Excel I (3)
  • CU 203     Excel II (3)
  • HIT 105    Comprehensive Medical Terminology (5)
  • HIT 179    Ethical Issues in Health Information (1)
  • HIM 290   Introduction to Medical Coding (5)
  • HIM 295   Computer Concepts in HIM (2)
  • HIM 299   Independent Study in Health Information (6)

 

Total: 180 credits

What is the cost of the program?

The following cost estimate is based on a full time student who needs to complete 90 Credits (60 upper division HIM credits + 30 lower division general education). 15 quarterly credits x 6 quarters

Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate/Student Approved Mandatory Fees information posted by Tacoma Community College. The following table reflects approximate tuition rates for a full-time resident student.

 

Break Down of Costs*
Tuition/Fees ($2260.30 per quarter) $13561.80
Student approved mandatory fees ($187.50 per quarter) $1125.00
Books and Supplies* ($300 per quarter) $1800.00
Student HIM Course Fees $654.50

AHIMA student membership ($49 per year for non-credentialed students)

or

AHIMA professional membership ($135 per year for credentialed students)

$98.00

or

$270.00

Certified Background Check $65.00
Clinical Placements Northwest (CPNW) $75.00
Drug Screen $45.00-$85.00
Proof of Immunizations varies
RHIA Credential Examination fee $229.00 with AHIMA membership
Total $15,733.30 - $17,636.30

*All costs are approximate

Students are responsible for miscellaneous registration fees, purchasing any required textbooks, and are required to hold an active membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Check out the Types of Aid available for you at TCC. BAS students qualify for all aid types.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

Taoma Community College strives to provide the best environment for our students to succeed. 

Employment Rate: (within 9 months)
 
Academic Year Employment Rate
2019-2020 100%
2018-2019 100%
2017-2018 100%
RHIA Exam Data:    
Number of Exams Taken Number of Exams Passed Pass Rate
9 8 88.8%

 

 
 
Progam Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the Health Information Management Bachelor of Applied Science program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and manage strategies, policies, and procedures surrounding health record content, data management & integrity, information governance, and clinical classification systems. (*CC 1)
  2. Recommend systems to ensure the protection of health information, including privacy and security strategies, retention standards, and regulatory compliance. (*CC 2)
  3. Analyze and Interpret data and implement technology used in informatics, to include analytics, health care statistics, research methodologies, database management, and health information exchange. (*CC 3)
  4. Manage the revenue life cycle through reimbursement processes that ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, coding guidelines and payment systems. (*CC 4)
  5. Interpret policies and procedures for compliance with local, state and federal laws to include HIPAA, accreditation, licensing and certification, fraud surveillance, quality improvement and risk management. (*CC 5)
  6. Evaluate and integrate culturally responsive and diverse practices, policies and procedures that support successful leadership in the areas of change management, work design, process improvement, human resource management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, project management, vendor/contract management, and enterprise information management. (*CC 6)
 

Student Satisfaction Rate:  
Academic Year Satisfaction Rate
2019-2020 100%
2018-2019 100%
2017-2018 100%
Graduate School Entry:  
Number of Students Entering Graduate School Type of Graduate School Program
2

Law-Compliance &
Risk Management

1 Public Health
1 Social Work
2 Health Information & Informatics
1 Education

Degree Learning Outcomes

All Program Level Outcomes also align with TCC’s Degree Learning Outcomes. TCC has six measurable outcomes that all degree recipients are expected to meet.

  • Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences), or, as applicable, specific professional/technical content, and program-level content and apply this knowledge to academic endeavors.
  • Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas to solve problems.
  • Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for academic or, as applicable, specific professional/technical applications.
  • Intercultural Collaboration & Diversity (ICD): Demonstrate successful application of an interdependent, diverse, and multicultural worldview through collaborative engagement.
  • Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.

Schedule of Classes 2021/22

Please note that your schedule will depend on your educational background and how many general education courses you need to be complete. 

Prior to Starting Cohort Classes

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

HIM 290

Introduction to Medical Coding

5

HIM 295

Computer Concepts for HIM

2

HIM 299

Independent Study in HIM

2 to 6

General Elective/Distribution

College level course 100+ OR Distribution course

5

Year One FALL QTR (15 credits)

HIM 301

Fundamentals in Health Information

5

ENGL 301

Written Communication in the Workforce

5

HIM 315

Health Law

3

LS 301

Research Skills for Healthcare

2

Year One WINTER QTR (13 credits)

PHIL 320

Ethical Decision Making

5

HIM 320

Information Protection

3

HIM 325

Health Data Structure & Quality

Year One SPRING QTR (15 credits)

PSYC 301

Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare

5

HIM 330

Classifications & Coding

5

HIM 335

 Organizational Management in Healthcare  5

 Year Two FALL QTR (15 credits)

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

HIM 415

Foundations of Data, Data Analytics and Data Visualization

5

HIM 425

Information Governance

5

HIM 435

 Revenue Cycle Management

 5

Year Two WINTER QTR (15 credits)

HIM 445

Applied Data, Data Analytics and Data Visualization

5

HIM 465

Health Compliance

5

General Elective/Distribution

College level course 100+ OR Distribution course

5

Year Two SPRING QTR (15 credits)

HIM 475

Leadership in Healthcare

5

HIM 485

Capstone/Internship

5

General Elective/Distribution

College level course 100+ OR Distribution course

5

Curriculum Time Limits

While we do realize it may be necessary for some students to attend school at a part-time rate, it is vital that students complete all HIM courses within five years to ensure that the curriculum they complete is as up-to-date as possible. A student may petition their HIM faculty advisor for a waiver of this requirement.

More to Explore

What does a Health Information Management Professional Do?

Health information (HI) professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications. They understand the workflow process in healthcare provider organizations, from large hospital systems to private physician practices, and are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure a patient’s health information is complete, accurate, and protected.

HI professionals have an extraordinary impact. They are the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, operations, and information technology professionals.

These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point in the healthcare delivery cycle. HI professionals work on the classification of diseases and treatments to ensure they are standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in healthcare. HI professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data and are responsible for the quality, integrity, security, and protection of patients’ health information.  (AHIMA, 2020)

Average Salary by Job Family

The following average salaries were reported in a 2019 AHIMA survey.  These are national averages and may not be reflective of your specific region.

Revenue Cycle Management/Coding and Billing  $66,370

  • Revenue Cycle Manager or Director
  • Revenue Cycle Auditor
  • Coding Professional

Operations/Administration $81,950

  • Director or Manager of Health Information Management
  • Project Manager
  • Release of Information
  • Quality Improvement Management

Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) $84,300

  • Clinical Documentation Manager or Specialist
  • Director of CDI
  • Clinical Data Coordinator

Compliance/Risk Management $89,230

  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Privacy Officer
  • Information Security Management
  • Director of Risk Management

Informatics/Data Analytics $83,490

  • Clinical Informatics Coordinator
  • Data Integrity Analyst
  • Director of Clinical Informatics
  • Research and Development Scientist

IT and Infrastructure $98,180

  • Implementation Support Specialist
  • Data Quality Manager
  • System Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Chief Technology Officer

There are several Master’s degree-level paths that graduates of the HIM BAS program have upon completion.

WGU offers Master’s degrees in multiple fields. They accept all Washington BAS degree graduates via a statewide transfer (articulation) agreement.

Pacific Lutheran University has a transfer agreement for all TCC BAS degrees to be accepted into all their Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing Analytics degrees offered through their School of Business.

University of Washington-Tacoma’s Milgard School of Business (MSB) program accepts all TCC’s applied bachelor’s degrees into their Master of Science in Business Analytics.

In addition to the official transfer partnerships listed above, we have had HIM BAS graduates go on to other institutions - here are a few examples:

  • Seattle University
    - School of Law
    - Legal Studies in Compliance & Risk
  • College of St. Scholastics
    - Health Informatics
  • West Coast University
    - Master of Public Health
  • Walden University
    - Social Worker in Healthcare
 

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