Health Information Management
Manage & Protect Your Future… By Managing & Protecting Others
The academic programs offered by Sinclair’s Health Information Management department are designed to prepare you for this ever-changing and constantly growing field, including focus on new health information technology. Our coursework covers a variety of topics, including health information management, medical terminology, computer applications, health informatics, ICD-9, ICD-10, and CPT medical coding, health care statistics, health care reimbursement, continuous quality improvement, resource management, and other pertinent information. With the variety of topics covered, you can be certain you will be prepared for your next step.
In addition to our many course offerings, Sinclair houses a state-of-the-art health information management laboratory and a virtual laboratory for online coursework. With this facility, you will have the opportunity to actively work with medical information and receive hands-on experience with the newest health information management available.
The experience even goes beyond campus, with direct clinical experience in the Miami Valley area health care facilities. For those of you who live outside the area, clinical experience may also be arranged at a facility closer to where you live or work.
This program might be for you if:
- You would like to work in a medical office performing a variety of tasks.
- You are a person who enjoys organization and multi-tasking.
- You have an interest in working in the medical field.
- You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.
The programs offered in health information management are excellent choices for immediate post-high school education, re-entry into the workforce or even a mid-life career change alternative. Graduates of our programs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, home health agencies, insurance companies, and even government agencies.
Our degree program is also now offered as a completely online program, in addition to the traditional in-class offering. You now have the ability to select the format (in-class or online) for each individual course you take on a quarter-by-quarter basis. With even more control and flexibility, you can choose how you earn your degree!
Important Information about Life and Health Sciences Programs: The Life and Health Sciences (LHS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each LHS program's webpage.
Short-term Technical Certificate
Medical Coding & Billing Specialist
The Medical Coding and Billing Specialist certificate prepares students for entry-level coding and billing positions in physician medical offices, medical insurance companies and outpatient billing services.
Students will develop skills to accurately determine diagnostic and procedural code number assignments that impact medical reimbursement. Skill sets include application of ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding systems; medical terminology; anatomy and physiology and disease processes; processing insurance claims and reimbursement practices.
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist certificate can be completed in the traditional classroom setting or completely online or a combination of both delivery systems.
Students must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses in the MCBS.STC and have a GPA of 2.0 to receive the certificate.
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Health Information Management - Associate of Applied Science
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are experts in the field of managing and protecting patient health information, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnoses and procedures for health care services provided to patients in accordance with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system.
The Health Information Management program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. Students preferring to complete on a part time basis may take longer than five sequential semesters. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of prerequisite courses are required. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
The curriculum includes a professional practice experience (PPE). Each fall term, two cohorts of students begin the technical courses that have limited enrollment. Local cohort students (students who live generally in the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are assigned to local PPE sites. The remote cohort students (students living generally outside of the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are responsible for securing an appropriate medical facility for their PPE.
Most HIM courses are limited enrollment courses. All courses in the program are available online. Students may enroll in courses face-to-face on campus, online, or a combination. Face-to-face courses on campus are only available during the day. Students are generally required to complete their PPE during daytime business hours.
Employment prospects are excellent throughout the nation. HIM graduates work in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, mental health care and psychiatric facilities, home health care agencies, hospice facilities, physician offices, insurance companies, law firms, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, consulting firms, medical research institutions and companies that market health information products and services.
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- Talk with a new student enrollment advisor by calling 1-800-315-3000 or visiting one of our convenient locations.
Program Accreditation Information
The Health Information Management program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon successful completion of the HIM program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
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Articulation & Transfer Agreements
Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »
Ohio Transfer Module
The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.
Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »
Transferring Individual Classes
In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including many in the health care fields, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »
While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.
Your transfer opportunities
- Antioch University McGregor
- Franklin University
- Kaplan University
- Ohio Dominican University
- Ohio University
- Purdue University
- Strayer University
- Wilberforce University
- Wright State University
- and more…
Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.
Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the health information management programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: