Release of Health Information Specialist (Health Information Management)

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide the technical knowledge and skills needed for employment as a release of health information specialist. Release of health information specialists assemble, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with administrative, legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Duties could include retrieving patient medical records, protecting the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained, and releasing information to persons or agencies according to regulations.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Release of health information specialists work in hospitals, doctors' offices, insurance companies, and government agencies.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

Student outcomes for the Release of Health Information Specialist Career Studies Certificate: Students who complete the career studies certificate will be expected to

  • Recognize and implement professional policies and procedures related to the legal and ethical use of medical information;
  • Interpret health record documentation using knowledge of anatomy, physiology, clinical indicators and disease processes, pharmacology, and medical terminology;
  • Apply knowledge of major reimbursement systems in the United States to the preparation of universal billing claims; and
  • Demonstrate behaviors and dispositions that are in accord with professional ethics and behavior, including integrity, respect for privacy, and commitment to professional growth.






SDV 1011 Orientation to Health Science 1


HLT 105
PED 117
Personal Wellness Elective 1


ITE 1152 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3


HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3


HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I 3


HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems 3


HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation 2


Release of Health Information Specialist Career Studies Certificate 16


1 SDV 100 may be substituted for SDV 101.

2 CSC 155 may be substituted for ITE 115.

Name Program Email Phone
Phyllis James Release of Health Information Specialist CSC 804/601-4398

Common Job Titles1: Coder; Health Information Clerk; Health Information Specialist; Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech); Medical Records Analyst; Medical Records Clerk; Medical Records Coordinator; Medical Records Director; Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech); Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 1,046

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,400 - $60,900

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.