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Health Information Management

Timely and secure patient information is crucial to delivering reliable and affordable healthcare. With a Health Information Management (HIM) degree, you'll play a critical role in managing patient information.

What is Health Information Management?

The health information technician is the professional responsible for maintaining components of health information systems in a manner consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system. Health information professionals are charged with protecting patient privacy, providing secure information to legitimate users, and maintaining effective health information systems.

Health information technicians are experts in

  • health data collection
  • analysis
  • monitoring
  • compliance
  • maintenance


Where do Health Information Technicians work?

Professionals holding the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential work in hospitals, but are also found in other healthcare settings, including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. RHIT’s can also be employed at any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

What's the job outlook?

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022. This is much faster than the average for all occupations due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by third-party payers, regulators, courts, and consumers (

What will I do with my education?

Graduates of Southern’s Health Information Management program pursue rewarding careers in a variety of healthcare settings. The HIM program will provide you with the skills to compile, analyze, manage and report health information for a variety of applications. The program incorporates clinical experiences that will allow you to put your knowledge into practice.

Why should I choose Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College?

Small class sizes and personal attention Job placement assistance Financial Aid Dedicated faculty of experts Immediately applicable, hands-on training Degree from a well-respected program High-quality teaching environment

How do I start?

Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of the Allied Health competitive admission process. See our website for more detailed information or call 304-896-7330.

You'll get more than career training at Southern. You'll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job!