Health Information Management Systems

What is Health Information Management Systems?

The field of health information management is one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare industry where employment is secure and advancement opportunities are plentiful. Health information management professionals possess the skills necessary to manage staff and/or systems used to collect, store, retrieve and communicate healthcare data that is used for the planning, delivery, reimbursement, protection and evaluation of patient care. Such skills will enable you to work in a variety of healthcare organizations and other health-related or commercial industry settings.

Is it for you?

Interested in working in health care, the largest industry in the U.S., without having to care for patients? Healthcare technology puts you in a growing industry where there's a strong career outlook for technologists like clinical coders, data analysts, patient information coordinators and health record technicians.


Fueled by new information privacy regulations, careers in healthcare technology are among the 20 occupations projected to grow fastest through 2012. Associate degree programs prepare you in just two years or less to work as a skilled professional in hospitals, physician's offices, clinics and other medical or mental health facilities, as well as for pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, government agencies and vendor firms.

Jobs and Salary expectations

A 2006 survey revealed actual salary figures instead of indicating a range. More than 13,300 individuals responded to the survey. The survey results revealed that across all work settings the average income is $55,676. But this number doesn't tell the whole story. It doesn't reflect the great diversity of those working in HIM (based on work setting, job title, education level, certification and more). To learn more click here

In the Omaha metro area, a certified professional coder's salary starts with no experience around $13 per hour and move up to $20 per hour as they get experience. A certified outpatient coder salary starts at $17 per hour and moves up to $25 per hour or more. In this area, UNMC, Alegent Health, Mid-West Neuroscience, Ortho-West, Immanuel and several physician offices have hired our students as well as Mercy Midlands Hospital in Council Bluffs. Heartland Medical Billing has hired MCC students as full-time employees upon completion of their program requirements. Students who have successfully taken the CPC and COC certification can even work from home in the Omaha area. 

Program Faculty

  • Mary Cantwell - Coding and billing contact and HIMS Department coordinator
  • Karen Fowler - Office Management program contact
  • Dawn Goodsell - HDIM coding and billing
  • Carol Widman - Medical Transcription program contact
  • Janice Hess
  • Kelly Hajek - Health Data and Information Management director

Program Descriptions

Metropolitan Community College offers an associate degree with three options in Health Information Management Systems (HIMS).  (see catalog)

  • Coding and Billing*
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist II
  • Office Management


Upon successful completion of the Coding and Billing associate degree program, students can sit for the certification exam for Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The preparatory class for taking the test is HIMS 2910.

MCC also offers the Certified Outpatient Coding (COC) certification examination sponsored by the AAPC. As physicians move from private practice to join hospital groups, career opportunities in outpatient facilities are opening for coders. The preparatory class for taking the exam is HIMS 2920.

Upon successful completion of the Healthcare Documentation Specialist II associate degree program, students can sit for the certification exam for the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS ) sponsored by AHDI.

Certificates of Achievement are available  in Medical Office  with two options .  (see catalog)

  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist I
  • Office Assistant


HEALTH Data and INFORMATION management (HDIM)


Credit Classes and Registration

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation." The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Medical Office Assistant (MOOA1) - Certificate of Achievement
Healthcare Documentation Specialist I (MOLC3) - Certificate of Achievement