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Employment opportunities abound for health information professionals. While many practitioners currently work in hospital settings, expanding opportunities for employment include those in ambulatory, long term care, behavioral health facilities, industrial clinics, state and federal agencies, private industry, and educational facilities.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Health Information Management (HIM) degree provides a course of study that prepares entry-level health information professionals to perform a wide variety of functions related to emerging technologies and informatics, coding, data quality and reporting, billing and reimbursement, and management of health care delivery systems.

Potential positions for HIM professionals include:

  • Medical Coding Professional
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Privacy Director
  • Database Analyst

Annual salaries range from $35,000 to $70,000, depending on location and level of skills and experience.

RHIT Certification 

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to sit for the AHIMA national registration examination.

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education seal

Passing this examination entitles one to use the designation RHIT (Registered Health Information Technologist) after her/his name.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours63
General Education Requirements17
Major Requirements46

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing about Literature3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3

Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication and Team Building*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Other Skills

BIOLS111Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOLS112Anatomy and Physiology II4

Major Requirements

HIMS101Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIMS102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIMS116Quantitative Methods in Healthcare*3
HIMS135Medical Terminology3
HIMS155Coding I3
HIMS181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
HIMS240Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIMS251Quality Improvement and Project Management3
HIMS255Coding II3
HIMS258Coding III3
HIMS261Revenue and Financial Management for Healthcare3
HIMS272Pathophysiology and Pharmacology4
HIMS280Health Care Management3
HIMS281RHIT Exam Prep3
HIMS289Healthcare Information Technology3
HIMS291Internship in Healthcare Management2
* Students going on to a Bachelor's degree are advised to take MATH S105 in place of HIM S116.

High school diploma or GED is required for admission.

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management requires completion of English S111.

Placement test scores determine where students start in Math and English courses.

We recommend you take your placement tests in advance to assess your abilities. Knowing your English and Math skill levels is an important part of selecting the right courses for your choice of study.

For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the most current UAS academic catalog.


Health Information Management
Sitka Campus 
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, Alaska
99835

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The Associate of Applied Science in HIM Degree Program at the University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
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