Health Information Management (HIM)

Health information management is a unique blend of health care and technology. Focusing on the business and technology side of health care, this profession requires no patient contact but is still an important part of the health care team. HIM professionals collect, store, process, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, financing and evaluation of health care services.

The HIM program at Greenville Technical College teaches students to work with and manage health-related information in a 1 + 1 format, with general education courses in Phase I and HIM courses in Phase II. Greenville Tech offers a full time on-campus program as well as an online part time program, both requiring a professional practice experience completed in health care facilities during normal business hours.

A career you can count on

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.

Credentialed HIM graduates earn starting salaries from the lower to upper $30 thousand per year range. Positions exist in many settings:

  • Hospitals
  • 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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    What you’ll learn in the program

    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.

    Courses include instruction in

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Coding systems and compliance 
  • Pathology
  • Statistics
  • Reimbursement and revenue cycle
  • Legal aspects of health care
  • Quality assurance and improvement
  • Management
  • Technology in health care  
  • Accreditation and Credentialing

    The associate degree program at Greenville Technical College 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.


    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. For more information about requirements, refer to the RHIT Candidate Guide from AHIMA.


    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.

    Your transfer connection

    Upstate Direct Connect offers an opportunity for those who want to continue on to earn a bachelor's degree.

    UDCDirect Connect Brochure (PDF)
    Direct Connect Information (PDF)
    Direct Connect Application/Agreement (PDF)
    Direct Connect Articulation (PDF)
    USC Upstate IMS/HIM Department

    Program details and courses

    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.

    • Phase I includes a group of general education and related courses which may be completed at Greenville Tech or at any regionally accredited college.
    • Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students may apply to Phase II, which includes HIM course work.
    • Phase II courses are available at Greenville Tech's Greer Campus and online. Both include professional practice experiences, which are completed in health care facilities during normal business hours.
    • All students are required to attend HIM program orientation and PPE orientation at the Greer Campus.

    The HIM program may be completed full-time or part-time online.

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    HIM Program Requirements

    In addition to Greenville Tech admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health Sciences and Nursing Division must also successfully complete the following:


    Career Talk
    Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health Sciences and Nursing Division students. HIM Career Talk is offered only online – send a request to HIM.program@gvltec.edu for access. A link and instructions for completing the career talk will be sent to you.


    Division Policies
    The HIM program strictly adheres to all the Health Sciences and Nursing Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.


    Supplemental Admission Process

    Program Orientation
    The HIM program has a mandatory orientation session during the week before classes begin. Failure to attend the orientation will result in postponement of admission to the program.

    Program Admissions
    Admission into the Greenville Tech HIM program Phase I does not guarantee admission into Phase II of the program. Phase II admission is competitive based on weighted admission scores and the relative scores of the applicant pool each year.

    Application Periods
    •  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! 


    Forms and Resources

    HIM Weighted Admissions Form

    For more information about the field of Health Information Management, visit our LibGuide resource.

    Mission/Outcomes/Manuals

    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, (2010, 2011, and 2012) 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.

     

    2010

    2011

    2012

    Percentage of GTC HIM graduates successfully completing the RHIT exam

    86%

    86%

    89%

    National Average - Percentage of all students successfully completing the RHIT exam

    79%

    75%

    76%