Health Information Management: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Oversee Medical Data with a Career in Health Information Management.


What is Health Information Management?

NorthWest Arkansas Community College's (NWACC) Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares students to perform as entry-level technicians. Duties include organizing and managing health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems.

About the Program: 

Health Information Management (HIM) is a two-year Associate Degree program that integrates medical science, coding systems, computer technology, and health care management. Students will take 20 credit hours in general education and 46 credit hours in HIM coursework.

A HIM technical certificate is embedded into our Health Information Management Associate of Applied Science Degree program and requires acquisition of 32 credits, which all can be used toward the HIM associate degree.

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.

NWACC's Health Information Management (HIM) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Graduating from a CAHIIM accredited program offers employers assurance that you have the expected professional knowledge and skills, and have experienced a curriculum that is relevant to today's electronic health record (EHR) environment.

A graduate is required to have completed an accredited CAHIIM program in order to be eligible to take the AHIMA professional HIM Certification Exam and become certified.

About CAHIIM:

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) recognizes degree-granting programs in Health Informatics and Information Management that have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum Accreditation Standards as set by the CAHIIM. These programs are awarded accreditation status by the CAHIIM, which provides public recognition of such achievement. 

Where can I obtain additional information about CAHIIM accreditation?

Visit: http://cahiim.org/index.html

The NWACC HIM Program RHIT pass rate:

Year NWACC Students National
2016 70% 67%
2017 100% 69%
2018 100% 76%

* 2016 First year of CAHIIM accreditation

The NWACC HIM Program Retention Rate 2017-2018:

83% - Retention rate
17% - Non-academic attrition
0% - Academic attrition

The NWACC HIM Program Graduation Rate 2017-2018

83% Graduation rate