Health Information Management

Health Information Management

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The past 200 years have produced gigantic leaps in medical care, but it wasn’t until about five years ago that medical record keeping began to catch up. Since then, the medical industry has seen a revolution that is moving healthcare documentation from paper to digital. The result is vastly improved accuracy and efficiency—as well as skyrocketing demand for health information professionals.

A Closer Look

Health information technicians use computer programs and specialized methods to securely create and manage patients’ medical and treatment histories, known as electronic health records (EHR). Their work entails the use of classification systems for coding, categorizing, and reporting. The data is then used to positively impact patient care and safety, reimbursement, facilities planning, marketing, risk management, research, and more.

Health information professionals have sharp software and computer skills. Many also possess good communication skills and work closely with other healthcare workers to make clarifications and obtain information.


What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Health Information Management program prepares individuals to enter the emerging field of electronic health record management. Students learn to use computer programs and established methods to securely process, compile, maintain, and report electronic health information data for patient care.

In this program you’ll learn to abstract and code clinical data using classifications systems as well as analyze health records according to industry protocols. You’ll build knowledge about reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, and more. Graduates are eligible to take the AHIMA national certification exam for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).


Careers

  • Chargemaster Coordinator
  • Coding Specialist
  • Coding Support Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Electronic Health Record Trainer
  • Health Information Technician
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Information Supervisor
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Patient Financial Services Specialist
  • Privacy Officer
  • Quality Improvement Analyst

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Health Information Management program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

KERRY HEINECKE

Kerry has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and 17 years of experience working in software and health information management for medical providers. She has taught in the Wisconsin Technical College System for over 10 years. To keep up with emerging trends, she attends professional development sessions for HIIM educators and serves on a number of industry leadership boards.

“I teach by trying to reach students' hearts because I want to help people discover their passion in life.”

ANGELA VOIGHT

Angela earned her associate degree from Mid-State and has four years of experience as a medical coder for local hospitals. To keep her skills and professional certifications up to date, she attains 56 credits of continuing education every year.

“I enjoy teaching because of the 'aha' moments.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,731.38
  • Books: $4,502.52
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $220.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $14,453.90

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Accreditation Information

The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) under the Associate Degree HIM standards. Accreditation by CAHIIM ensures that the HIM program meets the exacting academic standards thereby allowing students to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Credentialing exam results for Mid-State HIM graduates consistently exceed national results.  Mid-State results for first-time test takers over the last two years:

Timeframe Mid-State Average Score National Average Score Mid-State Pass Rate National Pass Rate
Oct '16 - Sept '17 86 83.63 100% 70%
Oct '15 - Sept '16 89 83.10 100% 67%
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Job Placement Rate
Job placement rate for graduates in a health information management-related field for 2017 is 86 percent.

Employer Satisfaction Rate
The employer satisfaction rate with the program is 100 percent. Responses from participating employers continue to indicate that the program meets the employer’s expectations for technical and soft (employment) skills. In addition, they report that they experience reduced training times for new employees who come from the program. They also report that they would hire or recommend graduates of the program.

Student Experience in the HIM program
In an end-of-course survey, based on a five (5) point Likert Scale, 83.33 percent of the students who responded to the end of course survey in spring 2018 scored this question with four points or higher:  “In general, I was satisfied with this course.”  Examples of comments include:

  • Good pace and great instructor.
  • I have learned a lot about how health records work, the information was all very clear and informative!
  • I liked the pace of intro to health records, and the virtual labs that we had to do, so I was able to get some examples of what HIM entails.
  • The cool information that I learned, like organization. I didn't realize how important that was. Overall, I learned a lot!

 


Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00
10530111 Introduction to Health Records 3.00
10530125 Organization of Healthcare 2.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
-or-
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 2
10530122 Electronic Health Records 3.00
10530144 CPT Coding 3.00
10530161 Legal Aspects of HIM 2.00
10530182 Human Disease for the Health Professions 3.00
10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or-
10801198 Speech 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 3
10156101 Database Concepts and Design 3.00
10530132 Health Data Analysis 3.00
10530160 Performance Improvement for Health Professions 3.00
10530166 Inpatient Procedure Coding 3.00
10801197 Technical Reporting 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or-
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 4
10530146 Private and Government Reimbursement 3.00
10530147 HIM Advanced Coding 3.00
10530163 Health Information Clinical 2.00
10530164 RHIT Test Prep 1.00
10530167 Management of Health Information Services 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
-or-
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 68