Health Information Management


The East Central College Health Information Management (HIM) program trains students to fill a pivotal role within the medical environment – connecting clinical, operational and administrative functions. Skilled HIM professionals ensure an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed.

HIM professionals are responsible for the quality, integrity, and protection of patient’s health information.

The online-based degree is available for full-time and part-time students.

 

 

cahiim-accredited-seal-1The HIM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

A degree in Health Information Management (HIM) is in high demand! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States with career opportunities in:

  • Acute and long-term care hospitals
  • Physician offices and clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Health plans
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient diagnostic facilities

US Salary Survey Report: HIM Professionals in 2019

By obtaining an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management from East Central College, graduates can earn an average of $48,205*.

*Midwest average. Healthcare Business Monthly.

The demand for an HIM degree isn’t going away, especially as medical records continue to move into the digital space. Hear from one ECC graduate who landed his dream job in Health Information Management.

Degrees & Certificates


Health Information Management, AAS

Program Description

Students enrolled in East Central College’s Health Information Management (HIM) program are trained to fill a pivotal role within the medical environment – connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. Skilled HIM professionals ensure an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed. HIM professionals are responsible for the quality, integrity, and protection of patients’ health information.

Program Format

The Health Information Management degree is a 65 credit-hour two-year program that prepares the student to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification.

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Duties

While most RHITs work in hospitals, they are also found in other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. RHITs may also be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

RHITs:

  • Ensure the quality of medical/health records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. An additional role for RHITs is a cancer registrar — compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Credentials/Certifications: The student is prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.
  2. Professional/Technical Skills: The student learns advanced skills and will be able to apply entry level HIM competencies achieved at the degree level.
  3. Critical Thinking: The student will be able to utilize different strategies to make decisions and solve complex problems through the application of HIM skills.
  4. Ethical/Legal Concerns: The student will understand the implications of legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks related to health care industry.

 

Health Information Management, Certificate of Achievement

The HIM Certificate of Achievement is an online 30 credit hour certificate. The ECC Health Information Management certificate program prepares students to demonstrate entry-level competency in medical coding and insurance billing with an emphasis on physician offices and outpatient settings.

The certificate track includes instruction in medical records, health information software applications and data entry, coding, and classification. Coursework also includes the fundamentals of medical science and treatment procedures, medical terminology, and basic anatomy and physiology. All courses with the HIM prefix are fully online.

In addition, students learn about the regulations pertaining to coding, billing, health information documentation, Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

At completion, students are eligible to sit for a national certification exam to earn their Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential. CCA professionals can demonstrate the entry-level competencies necessary to be successful in a health billing and coding environment.

Program Outcomes

  1. Professional/Technical Skills: The student learns foundation HIM skills and will be able to apply entry level HIM competencies achieved at the certificate level.
  2. Critical Thinking: The student will be able to utilize different strategies to make decisions and solve complex problems through the application of HIM skills.
  3. Ethical/Legal Concerns: The student will understand the implications of legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks related to health care industry.

Transfer Options:

The East Central College Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management is designed for students seeking employment immediately upon graduation.
However, many of the credit may qualify as transfer credit at four-year schools! Students seeking to transfer should contact the institution of their choice for more information.

Articulation Agreements:

East Central College has entered into an Articulation Agreement with Stephens College, Columbia, MO. At Stephens College, they offer a pathway for ECC HIM graduates to earn their B.S. in Health Information Administration.
East Central College has entered into an Articulation Agreement with Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. At Maryville U, they offer a pathway for ECC HIM graduates to earn their B.S. in Healthcare Practice Management.
By these agreements, East Central College, Stephens College and Maryville University express a shared commitment to increasing opportunities for student access to and success in a 4-year institution of higher education.

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Program Outcomes

Program Faculty

Nanette Sayles, EdD, RHIA, CCS, CHPS, CPHI, CDIP, CHDA, CPHIMS, FAHIMA
Professor, HIM and Interim HIM Program Director