Health care and information technology make a powerful combination in today’s marketplace. Those with health information management skills are in high demand. An HIM professional plays a key role in quality health care, collecting the data that other members of the health care team must have in order to perform their jobs well. In fact, this is one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the country.
Upon completion of the associate degree program, graduates are eligible to take a national certification examination. Upon satisfactory completion of the certification examination, the credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) is awarded. HIM graduates as RHITs earn starting salaries from the lower to upper $30 thousand per year range. Positions exist in many settings:
- Physicians' practices
- Insurance companies
- Home care agencies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Law firms
- Long-term care facilities
- Veterinarian hospitals/clinics
- Government agencies
- Consulting agencies
National employment statistics and employment expectations are available through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Courses include instruction in
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Coding systems
- Legal aspects of health care
- Quality assurance and improvement
- Technology in health care
Students acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. In addition, successful health information management professionals must have good oral and written communication skills, be extremely detail oriented, and be technologically proficient.
Upon completion of the associate degree program, graduates are eligible to take a national certification examination to earn the credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
The associate degree program at Greenville Technical is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and meets the educational standards for a Health Information Management program.
Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Health Information Management
Associate in Applied Science
This program represents a continuum of practice concerned with health-related information and the management of systems to collect, store, process, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, financing and evaluation of health care services.
This program is offered in a 1 +1 format, requiring students to complete a group of general education courses (Phase I) prior to entering HIM related coursework (Phase II). Phase II courses are available at Greenville Tech’s Greer Campus and online.
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See catalog information for specific admission requirements for the program.
HIM Spring 2013 Weighted Admissions Form
Part-time Online Progression
List of Coursework
- February 15 – May 15 for fall consideration in the online and traditional programs
- June 15 – October 30 for spring consideration in the online program
Students should check their campus e-mail on a regular basis. Additional information regarding the program and/or application process may be sent only to your campus e-mail address!
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Health Information Management Program at Greenville Technical College is to provide our graduates with the skills and knowledge needed by our community of employers to perform the many and varied functions required of Health Information Management professionals.
HIM Graduate Outcomes
For the three most recent calendar years, (2009, 2010, and 2011) the performance of Greenville Technical College Health Information Management Program Graduates on the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam is listed below, as compared to the performance of graduates nationwide completing the examination.
Percentage of GTC HIM graduates successfully completing the RHIT exam
National Average - Percentage of all students successfully completing the RHIT exam