Health Information Management (AAS) - Black Hawk College

Health Information Management (AAS)

Program Description

Check with an advisor about the possible availability of certain curricula at the East Campus. Completion of the degree is currently available only at the Quad Cities Campus.

Health information technology is one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. As a medical billing and coding professional, you stand at the crossroads of health care and technology and make an important contribution to the delivery of quality health care.

The curriculum for this associate’s degree includes coursework in two certificate areas of billing and medical coding. A student with a certificate in one of the above areas may transfer all the coursework toward this Health Information Management (HIM) degree.

The HIM professional is a medical language specialist who interprets and transcribes dictation by physicians and other health care professionals and works with the health care team. This team of professionals protects patient and client information in accordance with the HIPAA regulations.

The HIM professional has a thorough knowledge of medical office procedures including health insurance filing, coding, and regulations. The graduate is prepared to use health information to document patient care and facilitate delivery of health care services. The student will be aware of all standards and requirements that apply to the medical record, as well as the legal significance of the patient file.

As a skilled medical information professional, HIM degree earners specialize in patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs – a needed link in the extended health care team.

With hands-on skill classes of medical coding and electronic health records, immersing one’s self in beginning medical terminology to advanced terminology to pharmacology terminology, the student attains the education necessary to perform well on the job. The HIM internship provides a mentor who will guide the on-the-job learning that is necessary. Hospitals, clinics, medical facilities, insurance offices and physician’s office teams are just a few places that these internships can be attained.


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze and compare case studies that focus on ethical decision making in health care.
  • Successfully complete Health Information Management internships, with student demonstrating proficiency in cognitive, psycho motor, and effective domains.

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Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

BE 100 Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 141 Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
HIM 150 Technical Medical Terminology (3)
COMM 105 Essentials of English (3)
HIM 156 Introduction to Health Insurance (3)
HIM 110 Human Anatomy & Disease (3)

Second Semester

BE 145 Information Processing (3)
HIM 200 Advanced Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 251 Medical Office Procedures (3)
HIM 255 Management of Electronic Health Records (3)
HIM 257 Procedure & Diagnosis Coding I (3)
PHIL 100 Logic (3)

Third Semester

BE 146 Excel for Business (3)
HIM 249 Management of Health Information (3)
HIM 252 Pharmacology Terminology (3)
HIM 254 Law, Liability, and Medical Ethics (3)
HIM 258 Procedure & Diagnosis Coding II (3)

Fourth Semester

BE 180 Business Communications (4)
HIM 245 Medical Scribe Procedures or
BE 143 Keyboard Speed & Accuracy (2)
HIM 259 Procedure & Diagnosis Coding III (3)
HIM 261 Seminar (1)
HIM 265 Internship (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 63