Associate of Applied Science
in Health Information Management

 NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s (NWACC) Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares students to perform as entry-level technicians in the HIM workforce. Health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. Health Information Management is a two-year associate’s degree program that integrates medical science, ICD-9, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and HCPCS Level II coding systems, computer technology, and health care management. Successful completion of an accredited HIM Program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and eligibility to sit for the Registered Health Information Technology (RHIT) examination.

Graduates from accredited associate degree HIM programs may be employed throughout the health care industry including hospitals, physicians' offices, insurance companies, law firms, ambulatory care settings, consulting firms and healthcare IS/IT vendors to name a few possibilities.

The associate degree program consists of 20 credit hours in general education and 40 credit hours in health information management course work. Clinical Requirements: Students are required to complete two non-paid professional practice experiences (Clinical Internship I and Clinical Internship II) prior to graduation. Clinical placement is subject to criminal background checks, drug screening and other clinical facility policies.

Before enrolling in coding courses, students are required to have completed Anatomy and Physiology I. Anatomy and Physiology II, Disease Pathology, and Medical Terminology are co-requisites.

Students must meet NWACC admission criteria and the criteria for admission to the HIM Program or HIM Coding Certificate program before applying. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in Excel and Word along with general education courses. Students must complete all required course work with a grade of “C” or better.

The Health Information Management Program is designed to prepare entry-level health information professionals for the HIM workforce.

Accreditation:
The HIM associate degree program is designed to meet the accreditation criteria required by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). NorthWest Arkansas Community College Health Information Management AAS degree program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM).

Formats and Locations
Due to the nature of this program, classes are offered only in a face-to-face setting at NWACC’s Bentonville location in the Center for Health Professions.

Students must submit a completed Health Information Management packet into the HIM Program Director.

 

For more information on the HIM program, contact the Program Director at 479.936.5118 or tcikanek@nwacc.edu