Health Information Management (HIM)

Associate of Applied Science in Partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College

This program is offered in partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College. The Health Information Management AAS degree is offered via distance through Lord Fairfax Community College and Reynolds Community College supports the coordination of internships for students in the Richmond area.

Students currently enrolled in Reynolds Community College Health Information Management courses who wish to complete the Health Information Management AAS degree must enroll at Lord Fairfax Community College and complete at least 25% of their coursework at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, interpret, and analyze patient data and to communicate information related to the research, planning, provision and evaluation of everyday operations in health care services.

Additionally, students gain skills to manage positions related to the functions. This program is beneficial to individuals who are seeking career advancement and eligibility for the national certifying examination - Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Occupational objectives upon completion of this program include: Health Information (Medical Records) Assistant/Technician, Medical Coder, Coding Manager/Supervisor, Health Information Supervisor/Office Manager, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Privacy Officer, Health Data Analyst.

ACCREDITATION: The Health Information Management (HIM) associate degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For more information about the associate degree in Health Information Management please visit the LFCC website at




First Semester - Fall
BIO 145 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Health Sciences1 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIM 111 Medical Terminology I 3
HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Info Systems I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Information Management2 1
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications 3
Second Semester - Spring
HIM 112 Medical Terminology II 3
HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation 2
HIM 250 Health Data Classification Systems I 4
HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology 3
Third Semester - Summer
HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems3 3
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3
Fourth Semester - Fall
HIM 249 Supervision & Management Practices 3

HIM 230

ITE 120

Information Systems & Technology in Healthcare, OR

Principles of Information Systems

HIM 255 Health Data Classification Systems II: (CPT) 2
HIM 231 Health Records Applications I 3
PED/HLT Physical Education or Health Elective 1
Social Science Elective4 3
Fifth Semester - Spring
HIM 229 Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings 2
HIM 232 Health Records Applications II: Advanced Coding 3
HIM 220 Health Statistics 2
HIM 290 Coordinated Internship5 3
HIM 298 Seminar and Project 1
Humanities Elective4 3
Program Total 64


In order to complete this degree in two years (beginning fall semester), courses must be taken in the order presented in the pathway.

1BIO 141/BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may be substituted for BIO 145

2 Course MUST be taken in first semester. May also take SDV 100.

3Prerequisite: ITE 115 strongly recommended before HIM 130

4See list of approved electives

5Prerequisite: Instructor permission required; all HIM core courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to the coordinated internship. Most sites require a criminal background check, flu-shot, and proof of immunizations. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.