Health Information Management Certificate

Health Information Management Certificate

The Certificate in Health Information Management is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in anything other than Health Information Management who wish to qualify for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam administered by AHIMA. Charter Oak’s online bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management equips students with the health care knowledge and skills needed to manage patient data and improve patient care in today’s health care environments. Knowledge of the electronic management of sensitive patient health information and health care organization revenue cycle management is critical for success in the health care field today. Our program is structured to provide a professional education with a comprehensive curriculum that is guided by the principle of quality health care through quality information.

Certificate Core Requirements

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HCA 101Health Care Systems and Administration3
HIM 115Principles of Health Information Management3
HIM 205Reimbursement Methodologies3
HIM 210Medical Coding and Billing I3
HIM 211Medical Coding and Billing II3
HIM 300Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems3
HIM 305Health Information Services Management & Leadership3
HIM 315Health Care Statistics3
HIM 320Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange3
HIM 405Health Care Information Law, Privacy, and Security3
HIM 410Health Care Database Design and Development3
HIM 420Health Care Research and Quality3
HIM 498Health Information Management Practicum3
HIM 499Health Information Management Capstone3
CORE SUBTOTAL45

Certificate Foundation Requirements

An additional 9 foundation credits are required for those students who do not already have the required medical science courses.

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HCA 105Medical Terminology3
BIO 212Anatomy & Physiology3
BIO 215Pathophysiology3
FOUNDATION SUBTOTAL9
CERTIFICATE TOTAL54

RHIT Credential

For students with a Bachelor’s Degree and RHIT credential evaluation already completed at Charter Oak State College, certain courses would already be satisfied by the RHIT credential (valid between July 2009 - July 2019). A student who already holds a bachelor’s degree, and also holds an RHIT credential, would only need to complete the following courses in order to complete the Certificate in Health Information Management:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HIM 200Health Information Systems3
HIM 205Reimbursement Methodologies3
HIM 300Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems3
HIM 305Health Information Services Management & Leadership3
HIM 410Health Care Database Design and Development3
HIM 498Health Information Management Practicum3
HIM 499Health Information Management Capstone3
CERTIFICATE TOTAL (if applicable RHIT Credential held)21

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a Certificate in Health Information Management will be able to:

  1. Manage and collect patient health information
  2. Code diagnosis and procedures for reimbursement and billing
  3. Manage health care organization revenue cycles
  4. Administer electronic health record systems
  5. Administer health information exchange systems
  6. Prepare health informatics reports that doctors, nurses, and other health care providers rely on to deliver quality health care
  7. Protect the confidentiality and privacy of health records
  8. Ensure the security of health records
  9. Supervise HIM professionals
  10. Prepare HIM financial plans and budgets
  11. Manage HIM technology projects

Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course.

Apply Online with our Certificate Application Form

To register for courses, go to Course Search and search under Departments "Biology," "Health Care Administration," and "Health Information Management."