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

Students who successfully complete this program - by achieving a grade of 2.0 or better for each individual course in the program and program prerequisites - should have foundational knowledge of:

  1. Health care delivery and information systems, such as electronic health records, for hospitals and other health care facilities.
  2. Patient clinical records contents and current practices in coding and classification systems.
  3. Components of fee setting, prospective payment systems and how to optimize insurance reimbursements.
  4. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance requirements and billing procedures for various health care facilities.
  5. Legal and ethical issues related to health care information, including the release and security of confidential data.

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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 $147.42 $241.53 $330.49 $170.14
5 credits $645.10 $1,115.65 $1,560.45 $758.70
12 credits (full-time) $1,388.76 $2,337.72 $3,234.38 $1,632.56
15 credits $1,557.90 $2,518.65 $3,425.90 $1,826.60

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

Ways to pay for school

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

Next Steps

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