Health Information Management

NOTE: This program is not currently accepting new students and will be discontinued as of January 2020.

Get Your A.S. in Health Information Management (HIM)Logo of CAHIIM Accreditation

As a Health Information Technician, your role will include aspects of medical billing, IT, and management to help ensure that patients receive the healthcare they need. Enroll in this CAHIIM-accredited associate degree at MWCC if you are interested in computers, want to improve the quality of healthcare, and have the flexibility to adapt to constantly changing policies and rules. 

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Join the Fast-Growing HIM Career Field

You can expect to find a job fast as a Health Information 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 a Health Information Technician, you can make an average of $42,000* per year in the north central MA area.

Finish HIM 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
  • Legal Issues in Health Care
  • 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 HIM 210 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 a professional health information technician.

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

*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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