HIIM Curriculum

The following career options within Health Informatics and Information Management build upon or supplement each other. The curriculum plans are designed so that a student can enroll in more than one major if desired. Click on any of the following career options to obtain further information. 

Please consult with an HIIM FACULTY ADVISOR prior to, or as soon as possible after you have received formal approval for entry into any of the three programs to assure that your curriculum plan allows you to finish your education at the earliest time.




The following are pre-requisite classes/skills needed prior to application to any HIIM program.


Human Biology (Anatomy and Physiology):

Students must have completed BIOL&170 Human Biology with a grade of 2.0 or higher (not a "P" or Pass grade).



Students must have completed English 101 Composition with a grade of 2.0 or higher (not just a "P" or Pass grade).



Students must have completed Math 080 Elementary Algebra or higher level math with a grade of 2.0 or higher (not just a "P" or Pass grade), or have placement results on Asset or Compass tests showing placement at Math 099 Intermediate Algebra or higher.


Computer Applications:

Students must be computer literate, at least at the basic level. They must have keyboarding skills at a minimum of 30 words per minute, work with a PC Windows environment, do word processing with MS Word, send and receive e-mails with attachments, and have basic internet skills.



If students have taken classes at other colleges or universities and wish to have them evaluated by HIIM program faculty advisors to determine whether or not they will be considered equivalent to HIIM courses, then official transcripts must be sent to BOTH the Shoreline Admissions Office and HIIM Program Director.


It is not the responsibility of the Program Director to obtain copies from the Admissions Office. Please be aware that all of the following must be taken within ten years of entry into the HIIM program or they must be repeated: Anatomy and Physiology (5 or more quarter credits, taught through a college/university Science Division). The following courses must be taught by health care professionals: Medical Terminology (5 or more quarter credits, Pharmacology (3 or more quarter credits) and Human Diseases (5 or more quarter credits). There is a challenge exam available for HIIM 134 Medical Terminology for those individuals, including health care professionals, who believe they have equivalent knowledge and need not retake these courses again.


Challenge exams at the college are $10 per credit, and if the individual passes the exam, he/she will have the course listed on his/her transcript as a credit course completed with a Pass grade. 


Please contact HIIM Program Director for additional details if you believe you qualify. Some currently practicing health care professionals, including nurses, may possibly have pharmacology and human diseases courses waived; this will be determined by the HIIM Program Director after review of appropriate transcripts and discussion with the applicant.


Bachelor's Degree Programs in Health Information Management:

There are a number of four-year degree programs in Health Information Management, both on-campus as well as online. For a complete list of accredited programs go to www.cahiim.org.


The University of Washington in Seattle has a bachelor's and post-bachelor's degree program, on-campus, evenings. Go to depts.washington.edu/hihim for additional information.