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Health Information Management & Clinical Data Coding

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that health care providers rely on to deliver high quality health care.

2021 Applicants: Due to the inability for students to access the testing sites, math placement testing will not be required for the Fall 2021 application cycle for the Health Sciences Division. You may submit an online Health Sciences and Nursing application for Fall 2021 without having math placement scores.

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Start the Information Session Online

There is no in-person Information Session for this program. You are required to include the code provided during the online session on your application as proof of completion.

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202.

Phone: 703.822.6570, Medical Education Campus, Room 302.


About the Health Information Management Program

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that health care providers rely on to deliver high quality health care. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnoses and procedures for health care services provided to patients.

HIM professional duties can include operating computer information systems, coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement, maintaining quality control of health records, and more. These professionals are also the caretakers and guardians of personal health information—ensuring that confidential patient information is secure and released only according to strict state and federal laws.

HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the health care industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, medical societies, non-profit healthcare organizations, and government agencies.

To learn more about the exciting field of Health Information Management in our region, click here.

Associate of Applied Science in HIM

CAHIM Seal of AccreditationThis course of study prepares entry-level health information professionals for the HIM workforce. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to take a national examination; successful completion of the examination leads to the professional credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). HIM courses are offered both on-campus and online. Our CAHIM accredited program features the latest EHR and Data Analytices Computer Software -- i.e. AHIMA VLAB.

Health Information Management Program Outcomes

School Year 2015-2016 2016-2017
RHIT Exam Pass Rates 100% 100%
Student Satisfaction 90% 95%
Employer Satisfaction 100% 100%

Students wishing to transfer to Bachelor Degree programs have successfully transferred program credits.

Career Studies Certificate in Clinical Data Coding

This area of HIM focuses on coding/classifications systems at both the inpatient and outpatient level. The certificate will allow students to obtain entry-level skills in healthcare coding and the opportunity to continue to earn an associate of applied science degree in Health Information Management. National credentialing exams are available at both the entry and advanced level.

Useful Resources

Continue your HIM education with a four-year degree that leads to certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). NOVA's HIM Program has articulation agreements with several baccalaureate-level HIM programs nationwide like DeVry University.