Health Information Management

Health Information Management

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Meta Major: 

The Health Information Management (HIM) Certificate Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in a variety of local medical office settings (inpatient, outpatient, physician office, patient financial services and insurance companies). Graduates will obtain necessary knowledge and skills in areas such as basic medical coding, patient scheduling, health records maintenance, billing, and reimbursement.

HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records. They ensure patient's health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences  -  Credit Hours
HLT 141 Introduction To Medical Terminology  - 2 Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology
HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIM 196 On-Site Training  - 1 Credit Hours
HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation  - 2 Credit Hours
HIM 250 Health Data Classification Systems I: ICD-10-CM
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement
HIM 255 Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT
HIM 260 Pharmacology for Health Information Technology

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)

Additional Program Information: 

For more information, contact Dr. Jean Chappell, dean of Health and Life Sciences at

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Compliance Requirements

Successful completion of clinical compliance documentation, including criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization documentation, is required for clinical internships. Please contact division office for detailed information at "  . 

Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Health Care Support Worker
Medical Records (HIMS) staff
Medical Office Assistant
Medical Secretary