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Health Information Management Certificate

Prof. Kari Dupuis teaches a Health Information class

Health Information Management (HIM) is the collection, analysis, storage and protection of the quality of patient health information.

HIM technicians ensure that patients' medical records are accurate, complete, and timely.

Health information employees assure that medical records are maintained in a secure manner to protect patients' rights to privacy. They expedite patient requests for information, as well as transmission of information from physician to physician, provider to insurance company and/or facility to government funded programs and agencies (Medicare, Medicaid, Center for Disease Control).

HIM technicians may become release of information officers, computer software specialists, informatics technicians, trainers and managers.

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Contact Us

Laurie Vilord, Program Advisor
Email: lvilord@berkshirecc.edu
Phone: 413-236-4682

  • National Trends

    Health Information Technician ranks 55th on the list of 100 best jobs. (US News and World Report)

    On average, HIM professionals earn $46,590. per year. (https://www.herzing.edu)

    The annual pay for Health Information Specialists in the US is approximately $61,000. (https://healthinformatics.uic.edu)

    Employment for technicians in medical records and health information will increase by 27,800 in the 10-year period 2016-2026.  (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • From Health Care Facilities
    • 88% of Health Care Facilities surveyed recently had immediate openings in their Health Information Management Departments.
    • 67% of these facilities anticipated openings in their Health Information Departments in the coming year.
    • 78% of Hiring Managers anticipated openings within the next two to five years.
    • 64% of Hiring Managers required Auditors to have a credential upon hire.
    • 14% of Hiring Managers required Release of Information personnel to have HIM education and/or a credential upon hire.
  • Local Employers
    • Baystate Health Systems
    • Berkshire Health Systems
    • Columbia Memorial Hospital
    • Ellis Medicine
    • Holyoke Hospital
    • St. Peter's Health Hospital
    • Saratoga Hospital
    • Veteran's Affair Medical Center; Leeds, MA
    • Stratton VA Medical Center; Albany, NY
  • Expected Outcomes

    Graduates of this program should be able to:

    • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body;
    • Demonstrate proficiency in use of ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT coding systems;
    • Demonstrate strong computer skills;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system, health care reimbursement and health occupations;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of disease process in relationship to the human body, including pharmacology;
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with members of the health care provider team; and
    • Be eligible to take the CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) credentialing exam which will qualify a student for a mid-level coding position in health care facilities and/or provider clinics and offices.
  • Graduation Requirements

    Program Courses

    Course NumberCourse NameCredits
    AHS-115 Fundamentals of Human Disease 3
    AHS-121 Essentials of Pharmacology 3
    HIM-106 Medical Coding II 3
    HIM-108 Electronic Health Record 2
    HIM-132 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
    HIM-203 Medical Coding Professional Practice 2
    Total Credit Hours: 16

    For additional graduation requirements, see the College Catalog

Student Testimonial

"As a 2015 graduate of the HIM Associates Degree program at BCC, I am very grateful for the education and training I received. The HIM and Coding classes were taught by respected and knowledgeable experts working in the HIM field, and were a great introduction to all the different pathways this profession can lead to-including coding, billing and reimbursement and many more. The BCC program not only assisted me with passing the coding certification exams I took post graduation, but also prepared me for a career in inpatient medical coding; which I have been proudly maintaining since shortly after I graduated. Becoming a certified professional coder was the best career change I could have made for myself, and I owe a world of thanks to the education and support I received in my time at BCC."

– Ann Marie Perry CPC, CIC, CCS, Beth Israel Lahey Health-Senior Hospital Coder II, Northwestern Medicine-Inpatient Coder III

BCC HIM student

From Our Berkshire County Partner

We have had a successful partnership with BCC for more than eight years that allowed us to recruit successful coding staff members. The CAHIIM/AHIMA credential affiliation would be beneficial in the future given our growth in new Revenue Cycle positions; auditors and Chargemaster analysts. Additional feedback as an effort to help BCC: offering online course work would be helpful to recruit candidates and instructors.

The profession of HIM in the current environment requires individuals with higher learning, credentials and degrees more now than ever before. Many experienced professionals at BHS alone that are moving toward retirement age within the next three to five years will leave a gap.

Judy Jansen
Director of Health Information Management
Berkshire Health Systems