Health Information Management Services
Health information technicians are professionals who analyze patient records, report patient data for reimbursement and create disease registries for researchers. You’ll be part of a health care team without having direct patient contact. Associate of applied science degree graduates of our Health Information Management Systems program are eligible to take the national qualifying examination required for certification as a registered health information technician. Admission to our HIMS program is selective. To apply, you are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent with at least a C average. You must achieve acceptable pre-enrollment assessment scores or complete recommended skill-building/prescriptive work with at least a C average, prior to enrolling in HIMS courses. If you are transferring from another program of study, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
Associate of Applied Science
Our HIMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Program Mission Statement
The HIMS program prepares health information students with entry-level competencies as defined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which are nationally accepted standards of practitioner roles and functions. In addition the program offers students the opportunity to gain entry-level skills in medical coding as set forth in their individual programs of study. The program identifies and responds to the needs of area employers.
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At 2019-20 tuition and fee rates, completing the 71 credits required for the Health Information Management Services degree costs:
Nebraska residents - $7,455
Non-residents - $10,650
These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.
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Finish in 2 years by completing 17-18 credits a semester for 4 semesters
The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on assessment scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.
Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.
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HIMS Advising Contacts
For HIMS Degree:
Shawna Stump, RHIA Program Director
550 S. Technical Blvd.
P.O. Box 1024
Hastings, NE 68902-1024
Barbara Marsh, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P
3134 W. Highway 34
P.O. Box 4903
Grand Island, NE 68802-4903
Joni Schlatz, MS, RHIT
550 S. Technical Blvd.
P.O. Box 1024
Hastings, NE 68902-1024
- Keep a copy of the HIMS Handbook with detailed information about the HIMS Program area. You will receive the information in the HIMS 1250 Intro to Health Information Management course.
- Additional program costs not covered by financial aid include student in practicum insurance, immunizations, and a background check.
- Minimum Grade Requirement: Students enrolled in HIMS must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses to successfully graduate from the program. Students who do not meet the minimum grade will be required to repeat the course. In addition, a higher-level course, which requires the course as a prerequisite, may not be taken until satisfactory completion is achieved.
- CCC schedules courses on a 16 week semester with courses starting in August, January, and a 10 week session starting in May. Refer to the CCC web site for specific dates and course listings.
- ALL HIMS courses are available via Online Learning (web) format. There may be individual course requirements which mandate the student to make arrangements to come to campus or use available Internet audio and video services to communicate. The student will need to make arrangements as required.
- To be eligible to sit for the national RHIT exam, an applicant must be a:
- high school graduate, completed an approved home school program or have passed a standard equivalency test (G.E.D.) And
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree graduate from an accredited Health Information Management Program (HIMS) program.
The convenience of taking all classes online for the Health Information Technology program allows students to work at their own pace. As a result, more than two-thirds of this program’s students are enrolled part-time. Students are allowed to take a semester off and come back when it is convenient for them. This is shown when tracking our students. For students enrolled in Fall 2017 with a declared Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, 61 percent were retained at CCC in Fall 2018, 13 percent graduated from CCC, and 26 percent were lost to attrition. Since Fall 2018, another 10 percent have graduated. In 2017 100% of the students passed the RHIT exam.
Program Name: Health Information Management Services Diploma
This program is designed to be completed in 18 months.
This program will cost $5805 (calculated using in-state tuition) if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.
*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Nebraska does not have licensure requirements for this profession.
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