The health information management program prepares the student to become a health information professional. This professional performs functions including: data collection and analysis, health record retention and release of information, coding and abstracting diseases and operations, and protecting patient confidentiality.
Employers’ expectations include:
- in-depth knowledge of federal and state regulations as it pertains to health record documentation
- demonstrated competency in communication with medical, legal, other healthcare professionals, as well as, the public
- professionals are expected to be proficient in meeting deadlines
Entry-level positions may include, but are not limited to: Patient Access, Outpatient Coder, Tumor Registry Technician, Release of Information, Health Record Analyst.
The program consists of a combination of classroom, laboratory, and professional practice experience designed to prepare the student for the workforce.
In addition to earning an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management, effective with the Fall 2018 cohort, graduates are eligible to sit for the CPC, (Certified Professional Coder), issued through AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).
Effective May 2021, HIM specific courses may not transfer to another CAHIIM accredited program. Upcoming accreditation changes will be posted.
In response to community identified needs, we are partnering with American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and graduates now sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam. Graduates may, after study, sit for the Certified Coding Specialist Exam (CCS) available through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The Health Information Management Program exists to prepare competent Health Information Management professionals to meet the current and emerging needs of the workplace.
Effective with the Fall 2018 cohort, the Chattanooga State HIM Program no longer provides fully online programming. Admitted HIM Program students are required to attend face-to-face classes.
The HIM Faculty, as industry professionals, recognize the challenges of meeting employer obligations while attempting to achieve career goals. Prospective candidates should make an appointment to discuss their individual goals and needs.
Each student’s individual needs and obligations are considered when developing his / her academic plan.
The goal of all Chattanooga State health programs is to prepare practitioners to function professionally in the health care arena and to ensure the safety of patients. Program standards are in place to assure that students have the potential to perform as entry level practitioners. These program standards are available in the Nursing & Allied Health Division office. Acceptance into a health program is contingent upon the student’s demonstrated ability to meet these standards.
The Health Information Management Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Its goals are to prepare graduates as competent entry-level health information professionals for employment in various health care facilities and related organizations. Graduates are qualified to take the national certification examination for credentialing by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Upon successful completion of the exam, a graduate will become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). With experience, graduates are eligible to take AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam.
Employment Rate (% of graduates employed within 6 months of graduation)
Some possible job titles might include Health Information Technician, Release of Information Specialist, Inpatient Coder, Outpatient Coder, Auditor, Tumor Registrar, Trauma Registrar, HIM Data Analyst, HIM Supervisor/Manager/Director.
|First Semester (16 hours) (fall)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||150.00||150.00|
|Truescreen Criminal Background Check||24.50||24.50|
|Second Semester (17 hours) (spring)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||250.00||250.00|
|Third Semester (18 hours) (fall)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||300.00||300.00|
|Immunization History (estimate)||100.00||100.00|
|TB Skin Test (estimate)||25.00||25.00|
|Flu Shot (October) (estimate)||25.00||25.00|
|TCPS (estimate)||No charge||No charge|
|Liability Insurance (school)||11.05||11.05|
|Drug Screen (12 panel) (estimate)||39.00||39.00|
|AHIMA Student Dues (1 year)||35.00||35.00|
|Fourth Semester (15 hours) (spring)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||300.00||300.00|
|Certification Exam for RHIT (after graduation):|
|Member (Non-member 299.00)||229.00||229.00|
These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.
Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.