Health Information management and technology
DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM
The health information field is changing, and that change is happening now. Our collaborative online, degree completion program offered with our UW partners is one of the only programs that provides you with essential skills in both health information management and technology. As a graduate, you will be uniquely prepared to pursue jobs in a wide array of healthcare environments.
61 credits. 100% online. CAHIIM accredited.
The health information field is changing, and that change is happening now. Our collaborative online, degree completion program offered with our UW partners is one of the only programs that provides essential skills in health information management and technology (HIMT). The program prepares you to sit for AHIMA's credentialing exam. You also become an expert in RHIA skills that are rapidly growing in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the HIMT field is “projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.”
Become expert in HIMT skills focusing on one of two concentrations.
Health Information Management
Emphasizes organization and management with a focus on human resources, financial and resource management as well as strategic planning and development.
Health Information Technology
Focuses on information technology and systems needed to succeed in today’s ever more technology-focused healthcare environments. You will learn to build and use software and hardware systems to manage, retrieve, and analyze data to drive improvements in patient care.
- Degree completion program—designed for students who have completed at least 60 college credits (NOTE: For students needing to complete general education requirements and the requisite 60 college credits, UW Parkside HIMT advisor works with you individually to design an online pathway toward acceptance into the HIMT program.)
- The length of the program varies based on number of credits transferred and completion of specific program courses. Transfer guides are in place for most associate degree programs
- All course content is online for convenient study and homework options
- This online program is very flexible making it a great choice for busy adults who are balancing work, family, and other commitments, while studying to advance their careers
- No need to be online at a specific time for classes
- Structured curriculum with 17 core courses, 4 track courses, no electives
- Includes a Capstone experience, coordinated individually for students by the Capstone Instructor, Program Director Betty Rockendorf, utilizing industry contacts and location specific to student preferences
- Learn from top faculty from across the UW System
HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE
Already have a bachelor's degree? Explore a career in health information management with the UW Extended Campus Health Information Mangement Certificate. Upon completion you will be eligible to sit for professional credentials offered thru the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). (Credentials earned thru AHIMA are the gold-standard for Health Information Management professionals.)
Keeping HIM Education Relevant to Workforce Needs
By Betty Rockendorf, MS, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM
"The primary focus of health information management (HIM) educators is preparing a modern workforce through the delivery of curricula content to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. From the inception of the accreditation of educational programs in HIM (formerly medical records) in the 1930s, AHIMA has established standards and competencies for accredited programs in HIM to achieve this goal."
Promoting HIM as a STEM Career
By Betty Rockendorf, MS, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM
STEM, those well-paid and technically challenging jobs, are crucial to our economy and our future. The more Health Information Management (HIM) is seen as a STEM career, the more opportunities will exist for HIM to elevate the profession, leading to increased earning potential and recognition.
Have you ever stopped to consider how HIM jobs share many of the same aspects as STEM careers?
Graduation Rate | 100% of UW-Parkside graduates, attending full-time, finished the HIMT program in less than 3 years. 100% of UW-Parkside graduates, attending part-time, finished in 5 years. (Average completion for part-time students is 52 months, just over 4 years (48 months))
Employment Rates | 92% of UW-Parkside HIMT graduates are employed within one year of graduation.
Retention Rates | 76% retention rate for UW-Parkside HIMT students.
Capstone Success Rates | 100% of Capstone site supervisors felt graduates will meet employer expectations.
RHIA Exam Pass Rate | 75% of UW-Parkside graduates passed the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) credentialing exam on the first attempt.
NEED FOUNDATION CREDITS FOR THIS DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM?
This degree completion program is designed for people with 60 credits. If you have less than or no college credits, the Associate of Arts and Science program provides the opportunity to earn online "foundation" credits for a Bachelor of Science degree. To help you reach your educational goals, advisors and faculty at UW-Parkside work with you to choose courses that create a clear pathway toward a 100% online bachelor's degree in Health, Information, Management, and Technology.
The Health Information Management accreditor of University of Wisconsin-Parkside is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management and Technology has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at 312-235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a result of meeting the Healthcare Information and Management System Society’s (HIMSS) rigorous standards for quality health IT or healthcare education, the UW Health Information Management and Technology program has been named an Approved Education Partner and Academic Organizational Affiliate of HIMSS.
A UW bachelor of science in health information management and technology can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including
- HIM department manager
- Health data quality manager
- Health data coder or analyst
- Health data statistician
- Clinical data manager
- Electronic health records (EHR) privacy and security coordinator,
- EHR project manager
- Compliance coordinator
- HIT Professor