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Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM)
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)


The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree provides a pathway for graduates of associate degree programs in health care fields to attain a baccalaureate level education in the dynamic Health Information Management (HIM) field. The specialized field of Health Informatics and Information Management is an exciting career choice. Health information professionals are in high demand as the health sector continues to expand.

CAHIIM logoThe HIM Applied Baccalaureate degree is offered completely online. This provides convenience and flexibility for students balancing work and family commitments, while providing an excellent, affordable education.

Accreditation Status

The Health Information Management accreditor of Tacoma Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

The College’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed 2027.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to:

200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100 
Chicago, IL, 60601 
Phone  312.235.3255 
Email info@cahiim.org

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national accreditation examination. 

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The Admission Virtual Information Session is part of the BAS admission process.


Application Factors

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 HIM BAS Program

TCC's HIM BAS degree program prepares students for successful employment. Here's a snapshot of what the program entails. 

Degree Requirements
HIM BAS Program Classes
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Bachelor of Applied Science Requirements

Associate Degree Requirements 90 credits +
Bachelor Degree Requirements = Total 180 credits

Prerequisites (90-100 credits)

Associate Degree in a health-related field,


Associate Degree in a business-related field,


At least 90 college-level credits

Lower Division Distribution Requirements

  • ENGL&101 - English Composition
  • BIO&175 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • HIT 160 – Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
  • MATH&146 OR MATH 136 - Introduction to Statistics

Lower Division Non-Distribution Requirements 

The following lower division non-distribution courses must completed with an earned grade of C or higher prior to taking 300 level HIM courses.

  • Medical Terminology
  • Excel 203 OR 2016 or 2019 MOS Core Level Certification 
    (Recommended for students beginning in fall 2020. Required for students beginning in fall 2021.)

General Education Electives
(at least 15 credits – must include the following)

The following general education electives must be completed with an earned grade of C or higher. They may be taken prior to, or concurrently with the HIM curriculum.

  • Computer Concepts
  • IT 246 - Database Implementation
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Terminology

Preferred Course Work

Students who have not completed coursework in the following areas may take individual study concurrently to meet these requirements. (arrangements made through HIM Advisor)

Independent Study (0-6 credits)

  • Healthcare Systems
  • The Medical Record
  • Healthcare Data
  • Health Statistics and Research
  • Terminologies, Nomenclatures and Payment Methodologies
  • Medical Coding

Upper Level General Education Distribution Requirements

The following general education distribution courses must be completed with an earned grade of C or higher.

These courses are scheduled as part of the core curriculum after successful completion of lower division course requirements.

  • ENGL 301 – Professional Writing and Communication in Healthcare
  • PHIL 320 – Ethical Decision Making
  • PSYC 301 – Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare

Choose one preferred Humanities and one preferred Social Science class from the list below.

Two general education distribution electives must be completed with an earned grade of C or higher. They may be taken prior to, or concurrently with the HIM curriculum.

Humanities (CMST 320 or PHIL 320 recommended)

  • CMST&101 – Introduction to Communication
  • CMST 110 – Multicultural Communication
  • CMST&210 – Interpersonal Communication
  • CMST&220 – Public Speaking
  • CMST 320 – Professional and Organizational Communication
  • PHIL&101 – Introduction to Philosophy

Social Science (PSYC 360 recommended)

  • PSYC&100 – General Psychology
  • PSYC&180 – Human Sexuality
  • PSYC&220 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 360 – Health Psychology
  • SOC&101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC&201 – Social Problems
  • SOC 262 – Race and Ethnic Relations

HIM BAS Upper Division Core

The following upper division core curriculum must be completed with an earned grade of C or higher.

  • HIM 301 – Foundations in Health Information
  • LS 301 – Research Skills for Healthcare
  • HIM 310 – Data Governance
  • HIM 320 – Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security
  • HIM 330 – Revenue Cycle Management
  • HIM 340 – Data Quality Management and Performance Improvement
  • HIM 350 – System Analysis and Design
  • HIM 410 – Healthcare Compliance
  • HIM 420 – Human Resources Management and Leadership
  • HIM 430 – Data Analytics
  • HIM 440 – Organizational Management in Healthcare
  • HIM 450 – Professional Practice Experience
  • HIM 455 - Capstone

What is the cost of the program?

Approximately $15,917.50 - $16,147.50

The following cost estimate is based on a full time student who needs to complete 90 Credits (60 upper division HIM credits + 30 lower division general education). 15 quarterly credits x 6 quarters

Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate/Student Approved Mandatory Fees information posted by Tacoma Community College. The following table reflects approximate tuition rates for a full-time resident student.

Breakdown of Costs
  Tuition/Fees $2104.75 x 6 = $12,628.50
  Student approved mandatory fees $187.50 x 6 = $1125.00
  Books and Miscellaneous* $2164.00 to $2394.00
  TOTAL $15,917.50 - $16,147.50


  Books and supplies ($300 per quarter) $1800.00
  Student membership in AHIMA (for non-RHITs) 
Professional membership in AHIMA (for RHITs) 
$70.00 ($35.00/yr) 
$300.00 ($150.00/yr) 
  RHIA Credential Examination fee $229.00
  Certified Background Check $65.00
  TOTAL $2164.00 to $2394.00

*all costs are approximate

Students are responsible for miscellaneous registration fees, purchasing any required textbooks, and are required to hold an active membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Check out the Types of Aid available for you at TCC. BAS students qualify for all aid types.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

  • Program Evaluation Survey: 100% of respondents would recommend program to a friend
  • Graduation Rate: 100%


Upon successful completion of the Health Information Management Bachelor of Applied Science program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and implement policies and procedures surrounding Information Governance, to include classification systems, health record content and documentation, data governance, data management, and secondary data sources. (*ELC 1)(COK, COM,CRT, IIT, RES)
  2. Assess, implement, and improve systems to ensure the protection of health information, to include health law, data privacy, confidentiality and security, and the release of information.  (*ELC 2)(COK, COM,CRT, IIT, RES)
  3. Analyze and Interpret data and implement technology used in informatics, to include health information technologies, information management strategic planning, analytics and decision support, health care statistics, research methods, consumer informatics, health information exchange, and information integrity and data quality. (*ELC 3)(COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  4. Apply the principals of revenue management and implement processes for management and reporting of the revenue cycle. (*ELC 4)(COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  5. Interpret policies and construct procedures for compliance of healthcare regulatory requirements, to include medical coding, fraud surveillance, and clinical documentation improvement. (*ELC 5)(COK,COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  6. Evaluate leadership models, theories, and skills required for successful leadership to include the areas of change management, work design and process improvement, human resource management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, project management, vendor/contract management, enterprise information management, all of which comply with the ethical standards of practice. (*ELC 6)(COK, COM, CRT, IIT, LWC, RES)

The symbol *ELC in the program learning outcomes above parallels to the corresponding AHIMA Entry Level Competency

All Program Level Outcomes also align with TCC’s Degree Learning Outcomes. TCC has six measurable outcomes that all degree recipients are expected to meet.

  • Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences; or, as applicable, specific professional/technical programs), integrate knowledge across disciplines, and apply this knowledge to academic, occupational, civic and personal endeavors.
  • Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas, and use sound thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for both academic and personal applications.
  • Living & Working Cooperatively/Valuing Differences (LWC): Respectfully acknowledge diverse points of view, and draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to collaborate in a multicultural and complex world.
  • Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.

Schedule of Classes 2020/21

Please note that your schedule will depend on your educational background and how many general education courses you need to be complete. 

Year One FALL QTR (12 credits) 

Course Number

Course Name


ENGL 301

Professional Writing and Communications in Healthcare


HIM 301

Foundations in Health Information


LS 301

Research Skills for Healthcare


Year One WINTER QTR (13 credits)

PSYC 301

Fundamentals of Research for Healthcare


HIM 310

Data Governance


HIM 320

Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security


Year One SPRING QTR (15 credits)

HIM 330

Revenue Cycle Management


HIM 340

Data Quality Management and Performance Improvement


HIM 350

System Analysis and Design

Year One SUMMER QTR (optional)

Elective or distribution requirement

Recommended: PSYC 360 – Health Psychology


Elective or distribution requirement


 Year Two FALL QTR (10 credits)

Course Number

Course Name


PHIL 320

Ethical Decision Making


HIM 410

Healthcare Compliance


Elective or distribution requirement



Year Two WINTER QTR (10 credits)

HIM 420

Human Resource Management and Leadership


HIM 430

Data Analytics


Elective or distribution requirement 


Year Two SPRING QTR (10 credits)

HIM 440

Organizational Management in Healthcare


HIM 450

Professional Practice Experience


HIM 455



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