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Metropolitan Community College Health Information Management and Coding Program

Health Information Management

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute (HSI)
Program Coordinator: Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT, 816.604.4245
Application Deadline: April 30th


MCC-Penn Valley Health Information Management (HIM) Program offers evening classes that are on-ground, online, and hybrid depending on the class. The HIM Program evening classes are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:15 P.M. and the HIM coding classes are from 5:00 P.M. to 9:45 P.M. Classes are held Monday through Thursday depending on the course and the semester.

The Coding Specialist Certificate Program offers evening on-ground and online classes. Coding evening classes are from 5:00 P.M. to 9:45 P.M. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday depending on the course and the semester.

All HIM and Coding courses are held at the Health Science Institute building.

Personal Qualities and Essential Functions

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. HIM professionals are also knowledgeable in medical diagnostic and procedural coding and play an important role in the revenue cycle process regarding claims denials and appeals.

Degree(s) and/or Certificate(s) Offered

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) Joining AHIMA as a student offers many benefits as outlined in the video below.

Learn more about AHIMA Student Memberships.

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management EducationAccreditation

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

The Health Information Management accreditor of MCC-Penn Valley is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2027-2028. 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

Three-Year Program Outcomes

Graduation Year Rentention Rates Graduation Rates Exam Passing Rates Employed in Healthcare Related Field
2018 100% 100% 60% 83%
2019 100% 100% 100% 80%
2020 100% 100% 100% 80%

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 online, evening, hybrid and virtual classes. Virtual classes requires the students to log into the class at the assigned time. The Program starts in August and accepts approximately 25 students per class cohort.


  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 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 April 30th. 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.