Academic Programs • Health Information Management

 • Visit the Health Information Management Academic Program page on MC's online catalog

Program Accreditation

cahiimThe Health Information Management online associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information management jobs are expected to increase by 22% from 2012-2022. This is estimated to be at least 40,000 more jobs in this career field. The median income is $34,000, (2012 statistic), but additional credentials do add to the marketability of professionals.

The HIM program was established in 1998 as a traditional face-to-face program. In 2007-2008, the HIM program transitioned to an "online only" program to meet the needs of working students and professionals. The exception to online courses are the requirement for clinical courses completed onsite at a facility (HITT 2361 for the associate degree and HITT 1167 for coding/billing certificate).

Program Statistics

     Program Statistics for years 2011-2015:
     Registered Health Information Technologist:   94% pass rate for graduates taking RHIT exam.
     Employer Satisfaction Rate:                            100%
     Student Graduate Survey, Satisfaction Rate:  100%

Graduates as a group (2013 and 2014) scored higher than the national average in all seven (7) AHIMA domains! Most associate degree students are between the ages of 35 and 50, and age 30 for the certificate programs. Some students start the program shortly after completing high school.

Many students admitted into the program have already completed one degree, and some have bachelors or masters degrees. The reason they pursue the associate degree training is to be eligible for the Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) upon graduation. The RHIT credential, and the RHIA credential for the bachelor's degree, continue to be a preferred credential that healthcare employers seek when hiring Health Information Management candidates.

Online Technology Requirements

Students meet the minimum requirements listed on Canvas to complete the courses. See for details.

HITTStudent Commitment to Online Learning

Students must be self-motivated, able to comprehend information in written form, and have the ability to communicate effectively both in written and verbal forms. Students should also be able to research websites, upload and download documents, post discussions, and access email. The courses are not self-paced, but have scheduled weekly due dates for assignments, discussions, and tests. Students should expect to spend 6 – 9 hours per 3 hour credit course to complete assignments, readings, and tests. Instructors are available to answer questions online or by phone related to course topics.

Skills Needed for Health Information Profession:

    • ability to analyze patient data for payment or registry information,
    • able to sit for long periods to complete work at work station
    • research and review patient information for regulatory compliance,
    • code and categorize patient information using standard coding systems.
    • communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and other customers
    • ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
    • keyboarding skills and ability to use software systems, patient portals, etc.

Application Process:

Students may apply to the program in the semester they are completing the prerequisites. Final grades will be verified before admittance. Students are accepted prior to each semester (Summer, Fall, and Spring). Most of the students in the programs are considered part-time; taking 2 to 3 classes each semester since most have part-time or full-time jobs. There are approximately 70-80 students taking HIM classes or prerequisite courses to gain admission to the program.

Clinical Requirement Onsite:

Students that live outside the local Midland area are able to locate clinical sites in their area with the assistance of the HIM program. More information and directions are given to students upon acceptance into the program (courses related to associate degree and coding/billing certificate).

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information and application.

Click on the links below for the suggested sequence of courses for Midland College's Health Information Management associate of applied science degree and for the various Health Information Management certificates.

HIM Instructors


Email Addresses

Jamie Jones, MSHI, RHIA


Leonora Lambert, MCS, RHIA, CHTS-TR


Shawnda Meshirer, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P


Elizabeth Neichter, RHIA, EdD, CHTS-TR





Melinda Teel, BS, RHIA, CCS

Program Director

Click on the links below for the suggested sequence of courses for Midland College's Health Information Management associate of applied science degree and for the various Health Information Management certificates.

 • Associate of Applied Science Degree for Health Information Management

 • Coding and Billing Certificate

 • Health Data Coordinator Certificate

 • Certificate: Health Data Specialist - Physician Practice

 • Course Descriptions


For more information, please contact:

Student Support Coordinator, Raquel Valenzuela, RHIT
   218 DFHS, 432-685-6891