Health Information Management


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Health Information ManagementHIM

Interested in a healthcare career offering dynamic opportunities but does not require direct patient care? Then Health Information Management (HIM) is for you!

HIM professionals are responsible for patient information, business and legal aspects of healthcare, and assisting with maintaining a viable revenue stream for facilities.

Under a new healthcare initiative, healthcare providers are required to keep secure, electronic patient records. As a result, there is a growing demand for a specialist who can code, digitize and create electronic patient records. Health information professionals are also needed to manage the entire process, check for accuracy and secure the information.

You could be part of this growing career field that is vital to providing quality patient care with a Health Information Management degree from Midland College.

At Midland College, students who pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management will learn about coding and organizing medical information for billing purposes, abstracting data to meet regulatory requirements and responding to medical or legal inquiries. In addition, they will learn how to organize patients' medical records to ensure all health information is complete and accurate. Business fundamentals such as professional ethics are also stressed.

The curriculum emphasizes three areas: computer technology, medical science fundamentals, and business management. Course subjects include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology and disease
  • Insurance coding
  • Business communication


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Joining Our Program

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Reading Comprehension – Reading and comprehending complex work-related information
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say
  • Data Analysis – Demonstrate analytical skills to address problems by making decisions in the most appropriate way
  • Writing – Completing and generating comprehensive, accurate and professional reports and documents
  • Healthcare rules and regulations – Evaluating various guidelines and how laws impact the health information profession
  • Medical Records Competency – Maintaining accountability, transparency, integrity, protection, compliance, availability, retention, and disposition of information in medical health records
  • Time Management – Prioritize workload to attend to the most critical needs first, and if needed, be willing to ask for help

Career Opportunities

There are a number of in-demand career options in the health information management field, including:

  • Receptionists and Information Clerks
  • Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
  • License Clerks
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Tellers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Court Clerks
  • Department director
  • System manager
  • Data quality manager
  • Chief privacy officer
  • Consultant or teacher


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026 The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

The following must be completed before applying:

  1. Apply to Midland College at as a Pre-Health Professions major (for Associate degrees and Coding/Billing Certificates) and complete the following courses with a "C" or better:
    • HITT 1205: Medical Terminology
    • BCIS 1305 or BCIS 1405: Business Computer Applications Course (3 or more hours)
    • BIOL 2404: Human Anatomy and Physiology OR BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402
  2. Complete the Texas State Initiative Assessment (TSIA) components as follows:
    • HIM Associate degree - math, reading, and writing
    • Medical Coding Specialist - does not require TSIA completion
    • Health Data Coordinator - does not require TSIA completion
  3. Foreign Students must comply with additional requirements set by the college and can be found on the International Student page. Because the program is online, foreign students do not need to qualify for visa status, but can complete the program in their country.

Complete application packet

Applications are accepted year-round and students are accepted upon completion of prerequisites and maintaining a GPA of 2.0.

Download the application packet, complete the application, sign in ink, and return to Jennifer Giglio at, or mail to:

Midland College
Attn: HIM Dept
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705

HIM Application (pdf)

Clinical Requirement

Students will be required to have a TB screening, vaccinations as required by participating facility, liability insurance and a negative drug screen prior to any clinical course.

All students should be prepared to do clinical experiences at a location apart from where they reside. Any expenses incurred in doing a clinical away from home, including transportation, parking, and living expenses are the responsibility of the student and are not included in tuition costs.

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony may be denied clinical placement by facilities, thereby making completion of the program impossible. The program will not guarantee clinical placement to students with a criminal background.

If you have a current CCS or CCS-P, CCA, or CPC credential and maintain your CEUs while attending college, you may receive credit for the following classes:

  • HITT 1205 Medical Terminology
  • HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems
  • HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding
  • HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies
  • HITT 2340 Advanced Medical Billing and Reimbursement
  • HITT 1161 Clinical - Health Information Management: Coding

Proof of the active credential needs to be on file with the HIM program throughout the completion of the program.

Program estimated cost In-District


Health Data Coordinator


Medical Coding Specialist


HIM Associate Degree


Tuition estimates are based on full-time hours for each program with the assumption that no previous coursework has been completed. Estimates based on academic year 2018-2019.

New book costs are estimated to be $2,500 for AAS degree, $2,000 for Medical Coding Specialist Certificate, and $1,000 for Health Data Coordinator certificate.

Proctored Exams

Program courses require proctored exams. Students are responsible for any costs associated with proctor examinations.


Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management Degree


Medical Coding Specialist Certificate


Health Data Coordinator Certificate

Course requirements for each degree and certificates are denoted by an “X”






HITT 1205 – Medical Terminology X X X
BCIS 1305 – Computer Applications X X X
BIOL 2404 – Anatomy & Physiology X X  
HITT 1301 – Health Data Content & Structure X X X
HITT 1311 – Health Information Systems X X X
HITT 1353 – Legal & Ethical Aspects of HIM X X X
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective X    
HITT 1345 - Healthcare Delivery Systems X   X
HITT 2327 - Vendor Specific HIT Systems X    
HPRS 2301 - Pathophysiology X X  
ENGL 1301 - Composition I X    
HITT 1341 - Coding & Classification Systems X X  
HITT 1342 - Ambulatory Coding X X  
HITT 2339 - Health Information
                    Organization & Supervision


Social/Behavioral Science Elective X    
HITT 2335 - Coding & Reimbursement



HITT 2343 - Quality Assessment &


HITT 2340 - Advanced Medical Billing &



Speech Elective X    
HITT 1161 - Coding Clinical X X  
HITT 2160 - HIM Clinical X    
HITT 2149 - RHIT Review X    

Total Hours




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How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

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Student Success


  • Organized and detail-oriented individuals
  • Comfortable with a computer and technology
  • Access to a reliable computer
  • Strong internet connection
  • Ability to handle a heavy workload and sitting at a computer for long periods of time

"I enjoyed being in the HIM program at Midland College. I enjoyed the instructors and they were always available helping when I needed help. I worried about the program being online, but it worked out. I learned a lot in this program and made friends along the way. The department chair, Dr. Elizabeth Neichter, was amazing and extremely helpful.  I hope others enjoy the experience as much as I did!"
                     Michelle Nelson, 2017

HIM Program Contact Information

(432) 685-4600, ex 6891

Main Campus - Davidson Family Health Science Building



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