Health Information Management/Coding

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Health Information Management and Coding Certificate
Program Coordinator:  Patricia Elliott, M.Ed., RHIT 816.604.4245

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute

The Health Science Institute (HSI) was designed to centralize the health career programs in one building that mimics both healthcare and real life settings, incorporates instructional methodologies such as; interdisciplinary simulated learning using state-of-the-art equipment and cloud base lecture capture which allows student access to learning materials 24/7.  The combined elements of this model fosters student fellowship, life-long learning and supports student success. The health career programs are affordable, accredited and yield a good return on the student’s investment through gainful employment and high wage salaries.

Program Overview 


Courses in the Program(s) include an introduction in science, technology, finance, and organizational leadership. The well-rounded curriculum will prepare the graduate for the workforce and on toward a successful new career path in diverse healthcare settings to include but not limited to hospitals, physician offices, behavioral health facilities, skilled-nursing facilities, home health organizations, hospice care, and research organizations. 

Personal Qualities

Health Information Management professionals are at the cutting edge of healthcare technology. An HIM professional manages all components of the health record through data analytics while assuring the privacy, confidentiality, and the security of the data by meeting all state and federal regulatory and requirements.

Essential Functions

Manual Dexterity, fine motor control, attention to detail, auditory acuity



Professional Certification/Licensure

The Health Information Management Program is a two-year associate's in applied science degree (AAS) where upon graduating from the Program the student is eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The Coding Certificate Program is a one-year coding certification where upon graduation; the student is eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) also offered by AHIMA. All courses taught in the Coding Certificate Program can be applied toward the Health Information Technology Program should the student desire to continue their education endeavors toward a college degree.


Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)


Program Admission

Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC admissions application.  This is a four semester, full time day program (additional semester of prerequisites) that begins in August and accepts approximately 24 students per class. 


  1. Complete all required prerequisite courses
  2. Download the program application packet; HIM Application/Admission Packet, Coding Application/Admission Packet and follow the directions carefully.  Be sure to note all of the program requirements.
  3. Apply for financial aid.  The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.


Program Application Deadline:  March 1


Program Acceptance

You will be contacted in April to let you know if you were accepted into the program.  Students accepted into the program will work directly with the program coordinator to determine next steps.  Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute ( to determine next steps.


Last Modified: 10/17/14