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2020-2021 Catalog 
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Health Information Management Certificate

The ECC Health Information Management certificate program prepares students to demonstrate entry-level competency in medical coding and insurance billing with an emphasis on physician offices and outpatient settings. The normal completion time for the program is 18 months, assuming appropriate placement scores.

The certificate track includes instruction in medical records, health information software applications and data entry, coding and classification. Coursework also includes the fundamentals of medical science and treatment procedures, medical terminology and basic anatomy and physiology. All courses with the HIM prefix are fully online.

In addition, students learn about the regulations pertaining to coding, billing, health information documentation, Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

At completion, students are eligible to sit for a national certification exam to earn their Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential. CCA professionals are able to demonstrate the entry-level competencies necessary to be successful in a health billing and coding environment. ECC also offers a AAS degree in health information management.

Campus Offered Credits Required
Online 30



East Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504


Program Director

Stephanie J. Buchholz, MS Health Informatics, MSN, RN, RHIA


Nanette Sayles, MS HIM, EDD, CHDA, CPHI

Program Secretary

Sarah Haines

Dean of Career and Technical Education 

Richard Hudanick



Career and Technical Education