(Preparing for) Health Informatics &Health Information Management


Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree

Faculty and Advising Contact


Gloria Anderson

Rm 2333



Ellen Cadwell

Rm 2334



Leoned Gines

Rm 2815



Judy Penn

Rm 2807



Joyce Fagel

Rm 2814


Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor’s degree in Health Informatics and Information Management. The program prepares students to take the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) national certification exam.


Health Informatics and Health Information Management — What is it?
The collection, organization, retrieval and storage of health care information and records are essential to the delivery of health care and the promotion of public health. Health Information specialists increasing rely on computer technology and systems to provide health care workers, researchers, insurance companies and government agencies with the necessary information to provide patient care, prevent disease, allocate resources, and conduct research to advance community and global health.


Areas of Study in Health Informatics and Health Information Management: Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Health Care Statistics, Disease Concepts, Clinical Information and Records Management, Health Care Coding and Billing, Organizational Theory, Computer Applications, Electronic Health Care Records, Legal Concepts and Regulations, Quality Assurance and Risk Management, Current Issues in Health Care, Professional Standards and Professional Ethnics, Leadership and Interpersonal Communications.


Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Informatics and Health Information Management?
Graduates of Health Informatics and Health Information Management develop the knowledge and skills to collect, manage, analyze and deliver health care records and information. Health Information specialists must adhere to health care standards, government regulations and professional ethics.

Potential employers include:

Health Insurance Companies, Medical Clinics, Hospitals, Private Physician’s Office, Medical Centers, and other Health Care Facilities, Colleges and Universities. For more, please visit Career Counseling.


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the  AA-DTA . For international students, Shoreline also has  conditional admission agreements  that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.