Health Information Management Certificate

About the Health Information Management Certificate

CAHIIM Accredited Program

The Health Information Management (HIM) graduate certificate provides students who already have a bachelor's degree the knowledge and skills needed in order to serve as a critical link between health care providers, payers and patients. The curriculum is designed to help students develop characteristics associated with an effective leader in health information management: critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, communication and interpersonal skills, and ethical values.

Graduates of the HIM certificate program are eligible to apply to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) registration examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The certificate program is available part-time or full-time and can be completed online, face-to-face, or hybrid.

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Program Goals

The goal of the HIM Certificate Program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully earn the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.

Upon completion of the HIM Certificate Program, students will be able to:

  • Manage patient health information and medical records, administer computer information systems, collect and analyze patient data, and use classification systems and medical terminologies
  • Apply medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery in order maintain the privacy and security of personal health information
  • Manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets
  • Interact with all levels of an organization - clinical, financial, administrative, and information systems - that employ patient data in decision-making and everyday operations

Course Sequence

The Health Information Management Certificate is available to all students holding a baccalaureate degree. The certificate requires successful completion of 24 s.h. from the following courses:

  • COHE 6310: Health Care Accounting and Financial Administration (3 – Fall)
  • COHE 6460: Classification Systems (3 – Spring)
  • COHE 6480: Health Data Structures (3 – Summer 11)
  • COHE 6490: Foundations of Health Information Technologies (3 – Fall)
  • COHE 6630: Quality Management in Health Care (3 – Spring)
  • COHE 6640: Management of Health Information Services (3 – Fall)
  • COHE 6803: Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management (3 – any)
  • HIMA 6060: Health Informatics (3 – Fall and Spring)

Certificate students may transfer credits to other graduate programs but acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into other programs.

Admission Information

To be eligible for the HIM Certificate program students must be admitted by the ECU Graduate School as a degree or non-degree student.

Applicants for the HIM Certificate program must present evidence of an undergraduate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses within 5 years of making application to the certificate program:

  • HIMA 3120: Health Care Delivery Systems
  • HIMA 3000: Medical Terminology for Health Professionals
  • BIOL 2130/2131: Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • BIOS 1500: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • MIS 2223: Introduction to Computers
  • HSMA 3115: Human Diseases

The prerequisite courses cannot be taken concurrently with HIM Certificate courses.

To enroll in classes, you must apply for admission to the ECU Graduate School, have official transcripts sent, and pay an application fee. In addition, applicants must also complete the "prerequisite courses" Excel form located at and include it with the Graduate School application. There are no standardized tests required; however, you must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in either undergraduate or graduate studies.

The program accepts applications for fall semester admissions only. The deadline is May 15th.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Terri Stansbury, Student Services Specialist, at or 252.744.6167.


Q: Are students accepted for admission into the program only in the Fall semester?
A: Yes, applications for admission are only considered for acceptance in the Fall semester and the application deadline for the Fall semester is May 15.

Q: Can I take any of the pre-requisite courses at the same time I take HIM certificate program courses?
A: No, the pre-requisite courses cannot be taken concurrently with HIM certificate courses. They must be completed before beginning study in the HIM certificate program.

Q: Do I have to take the pre-requisite courses at ECU?
A: No, you can take these courses at another 4 year or 2 year institution. They can be transferred into ECU by title so make sure the course you take is equivalent by title and number of semester credit hours to those listed above.

Q: How long will this program take to complete?
A: That will depend on whether you pursue the HIM certificate as a full time or a part time student. Full time, 3-4 courses per semester, will take about 3 semesters to complete. Part time, 1-2 courses per semester, will take you about 4-5 semesters to complete.

Q: What is the cost of tuition for the HIM certificate program?
A: Take this link for the most current information about graduate study tuition.  If you intend to be an on campus student, check under, “Main campus” If you intend to be a distance education student,  check under “Distance education/continuing education”