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Health Information Management

Associate of Applied Science

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Learn from one of the first health information management programs in the U.S.

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TCC offers the only accredited Health Information Management program in South Hampton Roads. Health information managers are skilled in translating medical language into the codes needed for preservation and analysis of data, insurance reimbursement and health care decisions.

Approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs are anticipated by 2017, and medical records and health information technician is one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are found in a variety of settings, from hospitals to insurance companies to law offices.

Course work includes:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • medical terminology
  • human pathology
  • pharmacology for health information management

The TCC Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization that serves the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality accreditation standards for health informatics and health information management education programs.

Completion of this program prepares you to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification exam. Only graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs may take this exam. 

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Two 120-hour internships prepare you for the workplace

National accreditation

TCC's Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) 

Student success

Ex-Navy corpsman awarded scholarship in Health Information Management

Continuing education

TCC's Center for Workforce Solutions offers non-credit medical billing and coding programs that you can finish in just weeks.

IMPORTANT Additional admissions requirements

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.

Admission to this program is very competitive. For more information, see the program packet.

Get program admission packetIf you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management.

As a prospective health professions student, you must also:

1. Attend an information session on Health Information Management, which is held the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. (except December) at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Topics covered are general information, admissions process, prerequisite courses, selection process, curriculum, hands-on learning in clinical settings, provisional acceptance requirements and more. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.

2. Complete and submit the Health Information Management application by May 15 for fall admission. Include unofficial transcripts from previous colleges you have attended.

3. Make sure you receive appropriate transfer credits from previous college studies.

4. Complete the following prerequisites with a grade of C or better

  • Biology (BIO) 141 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • English (ENG) 111 Composition
  • Math Essentials (MTE) 5 Linear Equations

After you’ve been accepted:

1. Submit the Health Professions Physical Examination Form showing satisfactory health status based on a physician’s exam within the previous 12 months.

2. Submit your immunization record showing you have met Virginia’s requirements for health care personnel.

3. Submit documentation of a negative TB test

4. Complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility.* 

* Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites. It is the decision of the clinical affiliate (health care or medical facility) whether a student will be allowed to participate in clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
67 credits x $172.35 per credit = $11,547.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Additional costs include a criminal background check ($46)

Where can you go?

Some graduates of TCC’s Health Information Management program go on to earn four-year degrees. Old Dominion University accepts the TCC degree for admission into its bachelor’s in health sciences.

Graduates can find careers in many different medical and business settings, including

  • Major health systems, such as Sentara, Chesapeake Regional and Bon Secours
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Law offices
  • Veterinarians’ offices
  • Long-term and skilled-care nursing centers
  • Insurance companies
  • Managed care companies
  • Electronic health record vendors
Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are detail oriented
  • have some business or medical background
  • have strong computer skills
  • can handle stress
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