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 Technical College 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. 

This occupation continues to grow nationally, with 15% growth expected between 2014 and 2024. 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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

    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 Technical College 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 Technical College's Benson 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 Benson Campus in Greer.

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

    Read more from our current catalog (pdf)… 

    Cancer Data Management
    Certificate in Applied Science

    This certificate program is designed to provide our graduates with the skills and knowledge required by our community of employers to perform the many and varied functions required of Cancer Registrars. Students will be prepared for a career in hospital-based and population-based cancer registries.

    More about Cancer Data Management >

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    General Technology
    Associate in Applied Science
    Health Information Management Systems Technology Career Path


    This program is designed as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I includes general education and related course work and may be completed at Greenville Tech, any articulating college, or other regionally accredited institution. Students may apply for Phase II via weighted admission as they near completion of Phase I courses. Phase II includes all Cancer Data Management and other related coursework, and a practicum. 

    Read more from our current catalog (pdf)...

    Students working toward acceptance in select Health and Wellness programs are now classified as an Associate of Science major.  Want to know more?  Check out our FAQ section.

    HIM Program Requirements

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

    Career Talk
    Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. HIM Career Talk is offered only online – send a request to 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 and Wellness 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 Technical College 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 2017 (pdf)
    HIM GPA calculator (pdf)

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


    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.





    Percentage of GTC HIM graduates successfully completing the RHIT exam




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