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Health Information Management

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute

Program Coordinator:
Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT, 816.604.4245

Application deadline: March 1

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.


Courses in the Program(s) include an introduction in technology, coding, reimbursement, legal and regulatory, information systems and governance 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


A.A.S. Health Information Management

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). 


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

Program Admission

There is an application process for acceptance to the Program beyond the standard MCC admissions application. There are prerequisites required for the Program that must be completed for consideration for acceptance. This is a four semester Program offered late afternoon/early evening, online and hybrid classes that begins in August and accepts approximately 25 students per class. Understand that the courses are offered as hybrid meaning that classes does not meet every week in the 16 week semester.


  1. Complete all required prerequisite courses to include: HIM 100 Medical Terminology, HLSC 108 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions OR BIOL 109 Human Anatomy and Physiology OR BIOL 110 Human Anatomy AND BIOL 210 Human Physiology, ENGL101 Composition and Reading I and HLSC100 Introduction to Health Professions only if you are not transferring in 12 or more college credits.
  2. Download the program application packet; HIM Application/Admission Packet and follow the directions carefully.  Be sure to note all of the program requirements.
  3. If applicable, apply for financial aid.  The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.

Program Application Deadline

March 1

Program Acceptance

The student will be contacted in May advising if the student is accepted into the Program. If the student is still in the process of obtaining their prerequisite courses, DO apply by March 1st. After the posting of the grades the student will receive the formal Program acceptance letter in May. 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: 6/1/18