Health Information Management

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Health Information Management?

  • Ride the wave that is moving healthcare documentation from paper to digital, and improve patient outcomes with accurate and efficient data.
  • This program prepares students to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exam for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.
  • Program is accredited by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education).
  • Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
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.

Program Locations

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Online

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).

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,540.72
  • Books: $2,964.20
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $38.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,542.92

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10501101 Medical Terminology  3
  10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction  3
  10530125 Organization of Healthcare 2
  10806189 Basic Anatomy 3
-or- 10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology  4
  10530123 Introduction to Digital Information in Healthcare 3
  Term Total   14-15 Credits
       
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10530182 Human Disease for the Health Professions 3
  10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
  10530144 CPT Coding 3
  10530161 Legal Aspects of HIM 2
  10103124 Excel-Intermediate  1
  Term Total   15 Credits
       
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10804189 Introductory Statistics 3
  10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
-or- 10801198 Speech  3
  10530132 Health Data Analysis 3
  10809198 Intro to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3
  10530160 Performance Improvement for Health Professions 3
  Term Total   15 Credits
       
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10530146 Private and Government Reimbursement 3
  10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies  3
  10530167 Management of Health Information Services 3
  10530147 HIM Advanced Coding 3
  10530166 Inpatient Procedure Coding 3
  10530165 Health Information Practicum 1
  10530164 RHIT Test Prep 1
  Term Total   17 Credits
       
  Program Total   61-62 Credits

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Instructors

JULIE LARSEN, BS, RHIA, CCS, CDIP

Julie Larsen earned her BS in health information management and technology with a healthcare management emphasis from UW-Green Bay. She brings over a decade of experience in inpatient coding, education, and quality analysis to her teaching at Mid-State, including training coders and other healthcare professionals on inpatient coding, CDI DRG mismatch, quality analysis, and alignment processes. She has also generated educational materials and facilitated coding training and programs for hospital inpatient coders through classroom teaching and one-on-one training.

“I love the educator role because the environment constantly changes in health information, and the learning never stops. Watching someone learn about the opportunities and expanding their knowledge is a fulfilling experience.”

ANGELA VOIGHT, AAS, BS

Angela earned her BS in career and technical education and training from UW-Stout and her associate degree in Biomedical Informatics (AKA Health Information Management) from Mid-State Technical College. She is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with 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 two years.

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

Careers

  • Coding Manager
  • Coding Support Specialist
  • Medical Claims Reviewer
  • Chargemaster Coordinator
  • Coding 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

Accreditation Information


Mission - The Mid-State Technical College Health Information Management online program prepares students for success in the diverse and expanding field of healthcare information.

Vision - The Mid-State Technical College Health Information Management program delivers high-quality online learning through innovative instruction. 

The Health Information Management accrediting agency of Mid-State Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2023.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite #100, Chicago, IL  60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Mid-State HIM graduates, RHIT Credentialing exam results for first-time test takers over the last two years.

Timeframe Mid-State
Test Takers
Pass Rate Fail Rate
08.01.2019 – 07.31.2020 4

100%

0%
08.01.2020 – 07.31.2021 2 50% 50%

Mid-State Health Information Management Graduation Rates

Program Name Year Mid-State Graduation Rate
Health Informatics & Information Management 2019

18.42%

Health Informatics & Information Management 2020 *0.00%
Health Information Management 2020 3.70%
Health Information Management 2021 30.43%
Health Information Management 2022 15.79%

Data Definition: Third Year Graduation is a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) cohort assessment of new program students who completed their program within three years.

*Note: In 2020, the program name and number changed, resulting in impacts on the graduation calculation as students changed from the old program to the new program cohort. In addition, these students were not considered first-time students per the WTCS data definition, lowering the graduation rate in 2020.

Graduate Employment and Related Employment

RHIT Credentialing exam results for first-time test takers over the last two years for Mid-State students.

Timeframe Mid-State
Test Takers
Pass Rate Fail Rate
08.01.2019 – 07.31.2020 4

100%

0%
08.01.2020 – 07.31.2021 2 50% 50%

Student Experience in Health Information Management and Medical Coder Program

In an end-of-course survey for the Health Information Management courses, comments included:

“The instructor always reached out to us if we needed more help, better explanations, etc. even did Sunday morning "coffee meetings" for an informal discussion on any questions/concerns we had ....was really nice ...”

“I found the amount of communication and real-world facts and information she had available for her class was great.  Her feedback is genuine and not just a "generic" response.  She truly enjoys this field and is your biggest cheering section, in my opinion.”

“The instructor is always reaching out if we needed any extra help.”

Health Information Management and Medical Coder Graduate Survey Responses from December 2020 – May 2021

  • Instructors were great and very helpful. Good one-on-one assistance.
  • Prepared for the job.
  • Excellent experience. Great course content.
  • Ease of registration very welcoming staff.
  • I changed careers, this college gave me the skills and confidence to succeed. They made this a college experience giving me options to have extracurricular activities.
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“Mid-State’s Health Information Management program gave me in-depth knowledge of our current healthcare system. I now have the skills and confidence I need and truly feel I am an asset to my current employer.”

KATHLEEN PORTER
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