2020-2021 Catalog

Health Information Management (Certificate)

The Health Information Management Certificate is designed for students with a background in medical coding that look toward expanding their knowledge and skill set to qualify for higher level positions in the Health Information Management field. This program will prepare students to sit for the CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) examination. In addition to serving as a valuable career-building credential, this program also allows for student continuation in the Health Information Management option of BCC’s Business Careers associate degree program.

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 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

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program credits, plus the following Additional Requirements.

Program Courses

AHS-115Fundamentals of Human Disease


AHS-121Essentials of Pharmacology


BIO-150Introduction to the Human Body


CIS-102Fundamental Computer Literacy


ENG-101Composition I


HIM-106Medical Coding II


HIM-132Reimbursement Methodologies


Total Credit Hours:22

Additional Requirements

Demonstrated college-level skills in reading & writing

Gainful Employment Disclosure 2019

Below you'll find program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program.

Program Name: Health Information Management Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in: one (1) year.

Costs for this program if completed within normal timeframe:

  • $5,269 in-state tuition and fees
  • $5,568 New England/New York resident tuition and fees
  • $10,651 out-of-state tuition and fees
  • $1,150 estimated books and supplies
  • $1,472 estimated transportation

There may be additional costs to consider such as reduced income if you will be cutting back on work hours, child care, room, board, and general living expenses while enrolled.

Loan debt of the typical graduate of this program: As fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time, median indebtedness is being withheld to preserve their confidentiality.  

Program meets licensure requirements in Massachusetts.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions, please see: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/


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