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Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems -CAHIMS

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Program Description

This course series prepares students to sit for the certification exam for Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).  Health IT professionals assist in the implementation of Electronic Health Records in various healthcare settings, and in achievement of “Meaningful Use” per federal guidelines.  They are looked upon to analyze, improve, and implement technology and workflow solutions to improve patient care.  They also support the growing use of technology throughout all aspects of healthcare.

Program Outcomes

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate. Students will be prepared to sit for the certification exam for Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).

Certifying Organization: Healthcare Information Management and Systems society;; exam cost: $225 (not included in the program costs)

Financial Aid and Payment Options:

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

12 months.  Courses start in the fall at CCBC Essex and in the spring at CCBC Randallstown

Program Requirements

​Orientation sessions are held in the fall and the winter, see schedule for details.

Degree or certification in healthcare field or IT field or 5 years related work experience.  Prior completion of AHE 534 Medical Terminology for Health Occupations or AHL 717 Challenge Exam for Medical Terminology.  Students must be computer literate and have computer access.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Documentation of healthcare or IT background: degree or certification in the healthcare field or IT field or 5 years related work experience.  Documentation of completed medical terminology course AHE 534 or AHL 717.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



AHL 867

Foundations of Health Information Technology

(online course)


1) “Health IT and EHR’s: Principles & Practice, 6th ed.”; $90;

2)  ”Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, 5th ed.”; $105



AHL 823




AHE 641

Introduction to IT & Computer Science – for students with Healthcare background

Introduction to Healthcare Systems – for students with IT background


AHL 823 – None


AHE 641 – Introduction to Health Care; 4th Edition; $150



AHL 819

Working in Teams

(online course)





AHL 943

Health Management Information Systems


1)    Same as AHL 867;

2)    AHIMA Virtual Lab pass; $110



AHL 825

Quality Management

(online course)





AHL 944

Information Technology Vendor Management

(online course)






AHL 820

EHR Process, Design & Implementation


Same as AHL 867



AHL 827

Public Health IT

(online course)





Course Series Totals:





Additional Information

Skills for Success:

​Candidates must be self-motivated, independent learners, as the program is a mixture of online and hybrid (both online and classroom) courses.  They need strong writing and analytical skills.  In the workplace, they will need strong analytical, communication and management skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and in teams.

Career Opportunities:

​Depending on prior educational and work experience, there are a range of job opportunities as Systems Analysts, Workflow Specialists, Software Specialists, and Implementation Support Specialists.

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Program Contact Information


Lynette Higgins     


Owings Mills, Suite 302

Administrative Assistant:  

Nancy Pittinger   


Owings Mills, Suite 302

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