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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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Health Information Management, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | HLTH.INFO.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 51.0707
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0733 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The Health Information Management (HIM) Program integrates the discipline of medicine, computer technology and business management. The program prepares students for local or national employment opportunities in information management and computer technology. HIM professional responsibilities include collecting, storing, processing, retrieving, analyzing and disseminating information related to quality improvement, reimbursement, research and the legal aspects surrounding the release of health information. Professionals in the HIM field play a major role in the healthcare industry as connectors between doctors, insurance providers, other healthcare professionals and patients. Graduates of the program can work in a variety of settings throughout the healthcare industry including, hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, insurance companies, long-term care facilities, computer software companies and government agencies.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Health Information Management Association’s national certifying examination for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT); passing this examination entitles the graduate to use the RHIT credential.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Health Information Management A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Determine compliance of health record content within the health organizations.
  • Apply laws, regulations, and policies to healthcare delivery organizations.
  • Apply accurate diagnostic and procedural codes for reimbursement processes.
  • Evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies in a hospital setting, physician’s office, and alternative health care settings.
  • Use technology for data management of health information.     
  • Demonstrate fundamental leadership skills needed as a health information management professional such as communication and teamwork.
  • Use medical terminology as related to body systems.
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the professional Code of Ethics of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for registered health information professionals.


Program Outcomes 2020-2021

• Graduation Rate: 100%
• Employment Rate: (Students responding to survey employed within 6 months of graduation): 20%
• Student Retention Rate: 85%

Program Accreditation


CAHIM Accredited Program SealThe Health Information Management accreditor of Prince George’s Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Health Information Management has been  reaffirmed through 2023.
All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.


Students successfully completing PGCC’s Health Information Management Program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Health Information Management Program students are also eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study Health Information Management A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 66 Credits

Check BIO-2050  for eligibility requirements.

PAS-1000 recommended prior to program admission.
If not completed prior to program admission, must be taken concurrently with HIM-1500, HIM-1581, and HIM-1550.

It is highly recommended that students complete HIM-1530  prior to entering the HIM Program.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

Need Help?

For help selecting an academic program or courses, consider using Career Coach, available at www.pgcc.edu/go/careercoach.