Health Information Management Certificate

Program Outline

Here's how it works
Your certificate program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step toward understanding all the essential elements of Health Information Management. Your first course will be sent to you as soon as your enrollment has been accepted.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

This outline covers all the courses required for your study-at-home certificate program.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: The Health Information Management Certificate program helps students learn new job skills and expand upon existing health care management knowledge used in students’ current positions to help improve their overall office performance.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

HIT109 - Confidentiality of Health Information

Ethical and legal rules concerning the confidentiality of health information is presented with particular emphasis on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Background material will include operation of the legal system and principles of legal liability.

Study Guide: Confidentiality of Health Information
Final Examination Booklet: Confidentiality of Health Information
Textbook: Legal Aspects of Health Information Management

HIT113 - Health Information Management and Office Practice

Students learn to manage the flow of information in health care settings. Course coverage includes the development of organization, record storage, information management, and office administration skills. Students will learn the order of information for medical records, the appropriate steps for correcting records and how to locate records that have been incorrectly filed. The course also covers effective communication methods and the administrative process of a medical office.

Study Guide: Health Information Management and Office Practice
Final Examination Booklet: Health Information Management and Office Practice
Textbook: Job Training Manual: Medical Office Practice
Textbook: Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.