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The first step in your career planning process is to discover your interests and then match them to careers. If you have an interest in healthcare and information technology, health information management (HIM) may be the right career choice for you. As one of the fastest growing occupations in one of the fastest growing industries, a HIM career places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology.

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What is Health Information Management
How to Get Started On Your HIM Career
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What is Health Information Management

HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.


How to Get Started on Your HIM Career


You need to complete either an associate's or bachelor's degree in HIM from an accredited institution. The list below identifies the accredited HIT and HIA programs in Maryland. These programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Be sure to review information regarding the MdHIMA scholarship.


After completing your formal education, the next step is to successfully complete an AHIMA certification exam. A credential validates your competence as a HIM professional to employers and the public. There are two key credentials for professionals in the HIM field:

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA): This credential requires a bachelor's degree and successful performance on the RHIA certification exam.

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT): A RHIT credential requires an associate's degree and successful performance on the RHIT certification exam.

Educational Programs

For a complete listing of the accredited HIM programs to include distance education programs, click here.

Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
Phone: 410-777-7498

Program Coordinator:

Tracey L. Lloyd, M. Ed., RN, RMA, Health Technologies Chairperson
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
Phone: 410-777-7239

Email: tllloyd@aacc.edu

Offers: Accredited Associate HIM Program

Baltimore City Community College Liberty Heights Campus
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: 410-462-7735

Program Coordinator:
Jacqueline C. McNair, MA, RHIT
Email: jmcnair@bccc.edu
Offers: Health Information Technology program

The Community College of Baltimore County
800 South Rolling Road
Baltimore, MD 21228
Offers: Health Informatics and Information Technology A.A.S. Medical Coding Certificate

Coppin State University
2500 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
Phone: 410-951-3970

Program Chairperson:
Mona Calhoun
Email: mcalhoun@coppin.edu
Offers: Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Information Management

Kaplan College - Hagerstown Campus
18618 Crestwood Dr.
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Phone: 301-766-3626

Acting Program Director:
Michelle Pittman, BSHCA, RHIT, EMT
Email: mipittman@kaplan.edu
Offers: Health Information Technology Degree and Medical Coding Certificate, and Medical Transcription

Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus
7600 Takoma Avenue
HIT Program, Office HC 242
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 240-567-5521

Program Director:
Corinne Smith, MBA, RHIA, CCS
HIT Program Director

Offers: Health Information Technology Degree, Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller Certificate

Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774
Phone: 301-322-0735

Program Director:
Tasha Green
Email: greente@pgcc.edu
Phone: 301-467-6456
Offers: Health Information Technology Degree and Medical/Coder Specialist Certificate

College of Southern Maryland
HIM Program Coordinator:
Jacqueline Stanfield, MHA, RHIA, CHPS
Email: jstanfield@csmd.edu
Phone: 301-934-2251 Ex. 7506
Fax: 301-934-7642
New program
Courses and program in development

College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: 800-447-5444

University of Maryland University College
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783
800-888-UMUC (8682)
Online Degree
Offers: Master of Science in Health Administration Informatics


If you've already earned a college degree and possess the prerequisites, you can earn a postgraduate certificate or second degree in HIM. The accredited HIM program in your area can provide more details. High school students considering a HIM career can begin a foundation with the following courses: business, computer science, English, math, biology and chemistry.

Financial aid is available to qualified students through the AHIMA Foundation, which offers both loans and scholarships. For more information, contact AHIMA or call the AHIMA scholarship hotline at 312-233-1128. For information on federally sponsored programs call Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243.