Health Information Management Requirements & Curriculum
Program Specific Admission Requirements:
Complete Health Information Management Application for Admission packet, including criminal background check.
Completion with a grade of "C" or better in high school (or college equivelent of): Algebra 1; Algebra 2 or Geometry; Chemistry or Biology. Students may enroll in MECC's developmental courses if these requirements are not met (a minimum of MTE modules 1-5).
Prerequisites for program admission include BIO 145, ENG 111 and HIM 113 and successful completion of MTE 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Orientation to Health Related Occupations-SDV 101, and HLT 105 are recommended prior to enrollment.
Health Information Management professionals are at the crossroads of the clinical and operational areas of healthcare. Using knowledge in the areas of information technology, patient confidentiality, data analysis and coding, Health Information Management professionals work in a variety of settings including hospitals, physician practices, government agencies, healthcare software companies, insurance companies, and nursing homes, many with the opportunity to work from home after on the job training. You may be interested in a career as a Health Information Management professional if you enjoy clinical content and processes but dislike direct patient contact.
MECC’s Health Information Management graduates are prepared for the examinations:
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA) through American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Certified Professional Coder – Hospital Outpatient (CPC-H) through American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) through National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
MECC’s Health Information Management program is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM). If accreditation is achieved after two year sustainment of the program, all graduates will be notified by the Program Director they will be eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Examination:
- Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT)
Employment Outlook & Salary
As with other professions in the healthcare field, the need for Health Information Management professionals is expected to grow in the coming years due to the large increase in the elderly population and advances in medical treatment leading to an increased average life expectancy. In addition, increased adoption of electronic medical records require Health Information Management professionals with an understanding of workflow and data analysis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Health Information Management professionals as one of the 20 fastest growing careers in the United States with a median wage in May 2010 of $32,350.