Metropolitan Community College - Health Data and Information Management
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Health Data and Information Management

ACCREDITATION

CAHIM Accredited Program

The Health Data and Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the HDIM program are eligible to take the national examination required for certification as a registered health information technician (RHIT).

WHAT IS 'HEALTH DATA AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (HDIAS)'?

Medicine is exploding with data. Data drives the quality and safety of healthcare. HIM professionals have an essential role in transforming that data into information to make wide-ranging changes in the provision of healthcare. Skilled HIM professionals accomplish this by facilitating the implementation of systems such as the electronic health record to ensure that the right information is available to patients, doctors, pharmacists and insurance companies at the right time and at the right cost. This is accomplished while maintaining privacy and security of personal health information as the healthcare industry moves toward an increasingly electronic and global environment.

IS IT FOR YOU?

The Health Data and Information Management program prepares graduates for a career in health information management (HIM). A career in HIM offers the potential to make a difference not only in the health of the community but also in your future. HIM professionals are the wizards who work behind the scenes to make health information available for real-time patient care and health-planning decisions. Getting to the facts quickly is imperative when you're in the business of saving lives. In today's fast-paced healthcare system, the healthcare team's success depends on accurate, organized health information.

JOB AND SALARY EXPECTATIONS

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Job prospects for HDIM graduates are very good, with employment projected to grow 8% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average for all health occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Median salary range for associate degree graduates as of 2019 is $42,630 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2015, CNN named the position of health information director number 27 on its list of top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

To learn about potential career paths with an HDIM degree, visit HIM Careers and select career map. The map shows a matrix of positions in health information management. Click on one and the interactive capabilities demonstrate potential options with added experience.

See what experts say about the future of a career in health information management.

PROGRAM FACULTY

Kelly Hajek, RHIA, Program Director, 531-MCC-2673
Dawn Goodsell, RHIA, Instructor, 531-MCC-2633

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Health Data and Information Management (HDIAS) - associate in applied science, prepares students to work in health information management (HIM) in organizations that create, manage, and utilize health information.

The Health Data and Information Management program started at Metropolitan Community College in spring 2013. The HDIM program leads to completion of the associate of applied science degree. It combines online instruction, online simulation activities and an in-person practicum experience to prepare students for entry-level employment in the health information management field. The HDIM courses are in an online delivery system only. General education and optional program requirements can be taken online or in person in a hybrid format. The practicum experience of 80 hours takes place at a healthcare organization during the usual work-week hours.

Learn more at: curriculum, course descriptions and frequently asked questions.

PROGRAM VALUES AND MISSION

The mission of the Health Data and Information Management program (HDIM) at MCC is to provide an affordable college education in health information management that is recognized professionally on both the local and national levels. The HDIM program strives to build the foundation of knowledge, skills and ethical decision making in order to prepare graduates to pursue employment in organizations that develop, maintain, utilize and secure health information.

HDIM PROGRAM GRADUATES COMMENTS

Here's what the graduates said:

"The HDIM program at MCC is a fantastic way to get a start in or advance in an amazing career field!  Whether you are new to the industry or just expanding on your knowledge of HIM, MCC has a fit for you.  The instructors are caring, patient and knowledgeable and remain a valuable resource throughout your transition into the workforce.  Wonderful program and I am so happy that I decided to return to finish my degree."
-- Nanci Trumble, RHIT (HDIM graduate 2017)

"Metropolitan Community College's HDIM program provided me the opportunity to engage with experienced educators who were passionate to teach the curriculum to best prepare me for my career in the healthcare industry!  The flexibility of the HDIM program allowed me to further my education while continuing to work full-time and plan my wedding.  I have formed lasting relationships with many of the individuals I engaged with through my courses, meetings and internship.  Thank you, Metropolitan Community College!"
-- Kim Semerad, RHIT (HDIM graduate 2018)

APPLICATION FOR HDIM PROGRAM

Admission to the HDIM program is selective. Applications for the HDIM program consist of the application, two letters of reference, an essay, an application checklist, techinal standards form and unofficial transcripts.  Application packets are accepted anytime, but are reviewed twice per year for the fall and spring cohorts as outlined below:

Deadlines for Health Data and Information Management application packets

Application Deadline July 1 December 1
Applicants Notified End of July Early January
Program Begins Fall Quarter Spring Quarter
Format Online Online


HDIM application packet

If you cannot start the HDIM program right away, you can start working on HDIM program requirements. All courses that do not have an HDIM or HITP designation can be taken before acceptance into the HDIM program. For more information, email kahajek@mccneb.edu

REQUIREMENTS FOR HDIM PROGRAM

  • Applicants must present evidence of ability to do college level work by completion of the following courses with a C or better in each course. Students with bachelors degrees are exempt from these course requirements:

    • English Level I

    • HMRL 1010 - Human Relations Skills, RDLS 1200 - College and Career Strategies, or INFO 1001 - Information Systems and Literacy
    • Humanities/Social Sciences (one course)*

    • Natural Science/Social Sciences (one course)*
      *Note: Students cannot take a Social Sciences course in both areas noted above. Only one area can be met with a Social Sciences course; a Humanities or Natural Science must fulfill the other requirement.

  • Students must complete MATH 1410 - Statistics, prior to enrolling in HDIM 2010 - Healthcare Statistics, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter in the program.

  • For guidance or recommendations regarding general education requirements, contact the HDIM Program Director or one of the embedded advisors in Health Careers.

  • Students must have information technology skills and use of a computer with Internet access to take courses online.

  • Current MCC students must be in good academic standing with no business office holds.

  • HDIM course registration is completed by the HDIM Program Director. Students cannot self-register for HDIM courses.

HDIM PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Reported outcomes for the HDIM programs as of July 31, 2017 are as follows:

  • Students passing the RHIT National Exam - 100%

  • Attrition/Retention Rate - 50%/50%

  • Graduation Rate - 100%

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