Health Information Management

Work in Healthcare Without Providing Direct CareLogo of CAHIIM Accreditation

In Health Information Management (HIM), you can code your own career success. You will fulfill a vital role in the healthcare field without providing care to patients. If you have an interest in the healthcare field and enjoy working with computers, you may find great success in HIM with an associate’s degree from MWCC.

As an HIM Professional, you help ensure that your healthcare facility agrees with state and federal laws regarding medical data. Rather than provide hands-on care to patients, your job ensures that their healthcare facility remains open, operational, and organized.

For more general information about this profession, you can visit the American HIM Association.

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Join this Fast-Growing Career Field

You can expect to find a job fast as an HIM Technician! Over the next ten years, the HIM field is projected to grow 14%*, opening up thousands of jobs all over the country. This field is seeing rapid expansion with major federal initiatives that will demand significant new hiring to meet workforce needs. As an HIM Technician, you can make an average of $42,000* per year in the north central MA area.

Finish Classes Online on Your Schedule

Most of your HIM courses are offered online, so you can finish your coursework on your schedule! You will take classes in:

  • Procedural Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Diagnostic Coding
  • Patho Pharmacology
  • Medical Legal Aspects
  • Physician Coding
  • Health Care Statistics, Data Literacy, and Quality Management

Prepare for Your RHIT Exam

After you graduate with your HIM associate’s degree, you will be prepared to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. After your HIM210 RHIT Exam Review course, you will be ready to ace this exam and earn your certification from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This certification, paired with your hands-on experience, can improve your potential job placement and salary!

HIM Program Effectiveness Rates

   Year

    %

Employed Within Nine Months After Graduation       2016         100%
Fall to Fall Student Retention Rates Fall 2016 to Fall 2018 80%
Graduating Students that Passed Mock RHIT Exam* 2016 to Spring 2018 100%

 

*The HIM program received full accreditation from CAHIIM in 2018 and to date no graduating students have taken the RHIT exam. 

Gain Hands-On Training in the Field

During your program, you will get two opportunities to work hands-on in an acute care facility to gain real world training in the HIM field. Your HIM103 and HIM200 Professional Practice Experience courses give you a combined 120 hours of hands-on experience in a healthcare office setting. This valuable experience will allow you to put your online training into practice and see the daily operations of an HIM Professional.

*Source: CareerOneStop

The HIM Associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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“When I heard about the Health Information Management program, I knew it would bridge my knowledge of computers with my interest in healthcare. Since most of it is online, I had the flexibility I needed to work while completing the program.”

Linda Coyne, 2016, Health Information Management

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