Health Information Management

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The Health Information Management Degree Program is a professional program that is designed to lead to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. 

The Lee Col­lege cur­riculum covers coding conven­tions and prin­ciples that allow the learner to se­quence codes accord­ing to estab­lished guide­lines and stan­dards, and demon­strate knowl­edge in re­imburse­ment metho­dolog­ies.

Part of the learn­ing experi­ence in­cludes a clini­cal. A volun­tary cer­tifi­ca­tion examina­tion is admin­istered by the Ameri­can Health Infor­mation Manage­ment Associa­tion (AHIMA).

This prog­ram offers pre­para­tion for a tech­ni­cal area of serv­ice in hos­pitals, clin­ics, and relat­ed health facili­ties. Stu­dents are trained in man­ual and elec­tronic methods of health record manage­ment includ­ing record as­sembly, analy­sis, coding, abstract­ing, filing, and record maintenance. Part of the learning experi­ence will include work­ing in the Health Infor­mation Manage­ment Depart­ment of a hospi­tal or other health care facil­ity. Mastery of the Nation­al Examina­tion fur­thers job op­portuni­ties and in­creases salary.

Prerequisites for the program include a minimum of 12th-grade reading level as determined by Lee College Placement Testing. A full-time student can complete the program in two years.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Students are eligible to apply to take the National Examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

  • 33% retention rate for 2019/2020 academic year
  • 25% graduation rate for 2019/2020 academic yearCAHIIM-Accredited Program
  • 33% employment rate for 2019/2020 academic year
What will I learn?

Students study anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, basic disease processes, record storage and retrieval, medicolegal aspects, quality improvement, data processing, health record science, hospital statistics, and human resource management.

Part of the learning experience will include working in the Health Information Management Department of a hospital or other health care facility. Mastery of the National Examination furthers job opportunities and increases salary.

What can I do with this course of study?
AAS: Health Information Management
CD1: Certificate of Completion — Medical Coding
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The Health Information Management accreditor of Lee College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The college's accreditation for an associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through the next review cycle: 2026-2027.

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