Health Information Technology
The HIM associate degree program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). RHIT (registered health information technician) certification is recommended in this field. Students must graduate from an accredited program with an associates degree and pass the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification test. Students cannot sit for the examination until accreditation is received.
Program retention rate 2015-2016: 84%
Prior to accreditation, students may sit for an AHIIMA coding certification. The CCS, Certified Coding Specialist, is an advanced coding certification which focuses on inpatient coding in hospitals. The CCS-P, Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based, is another advanced coding certification which focuses on coding for the professional and outpatient and physician offices.
Medical Coding and Billing
Medical coding & Billing certificate prepares students to sit for AHIMA’s (American Health Information Management Association) CCA (certified coding associate) certification exam and AAPC’s (American Academy of Professional Coders) CPC-A (certified professional coder apprentice) certification exam (for people with less than 2 years’ experience). Industry certification is not required for employment but helpful.