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Health Information Management Systems

Degrees and Programs

The health information management systems (HIMS) associate degree from Northeast Community College represents a continuum of practice concerned with health-related information and the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate, and communicate information in a medical entity. Hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, health insurance companies, and government agencies are potential employers in both paper-based and computer-based patient record environments.

As a comprehensive health information technology degree program in Nebraska, students at Northeast can expect to earn skills and knowledge in:

  • HIMS medical coding
  • Medical office procedures
  • Legal and compliance aspects of health
  • Pathopharmacology
  • Structure and function of the human body
  • Medical billing and reimbursement
  • Advanced health informatics
  • Quality management and process improvement
  • Professional practice
  • Reimbursement methodologies
  • Medical terminology
  • And more


Program graduates earn an associate degree in HIMS and will be eligible to take the Registered Health Technician Examination (RHIT) for Health Information Technicians. The Health Information Management Systems program accreditor of Northeast Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management Systems has been reaffirmed through 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


200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
telephone: (312)235-3255;

The Nebraska Health Information Management Association (NHiMA) is the state HIM association. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the national HIM association.

Northeast HIMS programs offer students the options and flexibility to help meet their specific goals. Online or in-person programming is available for an AAS degree, a certificate or a diploma in Health Information Management Systems. An advisor can help you decide the option that is best for you.

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Courses and Program Options

* Program is available online.

Career Information

As an HIMS professional, you will hold many diverse roles, while sharing a common purpose: providing reliable and valid information that drives the healthcare industry. A degree in health care management is a good option for students looking wanting a health care job in an office setting. You will be a specialist in administering information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research.

HIMS professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector expands throughout this century. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US.

Job opportunities include:

  • Medical records technician/specialist
  • Health care management
  • Health information manager
  • HIM medical coder
  • Clinical documentation specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Medical billing
  • Office management
  • Insurance claims analyst
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Outpatient coding compliance auditor
  • Medical research analyst
  • Clinical systems manager
  • HIM consultant

Salary Information

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for medical records and health information technicians positions in 2022 median pay is $47,180.

Northeast Graduate and Employment Report

2021 2022 2023
First Time RHIT Pass Rate: Northeast Candidates 100% 40% 78%
First Time RHIT Pass Rate: All US and Canadian Accredited Candidates 69% 68% 80%
Graduation Rate: Northeast HIMS Program Graduates 100% 100% 100%

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