This Certificate of Completion is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in health information to enter the workforce directly upon completion of the certificate or to seek further study in the field. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees comprised of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
19 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

  • Utilize electronic health records for common tasks performed in healthcare facilities.
  • Describe patient clinical record contents and current practices in coding and classification systems.
  • Identify the components of fee setting, prospective payment systems and how to optimize insurance reimbursements.
  • Explain Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance requirements and billing procedures for various healthcare settings.
  • Describe legal and ethical issues related to managing health information, including the release and security of confidential data.
  • Apply knowledge of medical and clinical terminology, anatomy and physiology, human diseases and pharmacology.
  • Apply the steps in processing a release of information request.

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The job outlook for entry level health information positions is very good. These positions can have a wide range of job titles including Patient Access Coordinator or Representative, Patient Access Scheduling Coordinator, Patient Access Specialist, Patient Access Technician, Patient Care Coordinator, Patient Services Representative, Risk Adjustment Representative, Surgery Scheduler, Health Information Management (HIM) Technician, HIM Assistant, Registration Specialist, among others. For salary information in your state, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

Potential employers include: Hospitals, nursing homes, medical and dental offices, insurance companies, community health centers, public health agencies, urgent care centers, behavioral health centers, rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Estimated Additional Costs
Approximately $75 - 150 per course, depending on course selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

Next Steps

How to apply

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