The mission of the Health Information Management program is to develop credentialed graduates who are able to successfully transfer the knowledge and skills gained in their classroom and clinical learning experiences to employment in the field of health information management.
Health Information Management (HIM) is a rapidly growing field that provides different career options. Formerly many graduates in Health Information Management, formally known as Health Information Technology, worked in acute care hospital medical record departments as coders or in other record management capacities. However, with the increased focus on healthcare research, electronic health records, protection of personal health records, data analysis and information technology, the profession continues to grow.
Today a Health information Technology graduate may be found working within the HIM department of an acute care hospital, long term care center, ambulatory care center or physician office. Roane State Community College HIM graduates have also found employment with software companies, attorney offices, tumor registries, managed care organizations, and consulting firms.
Health Information Technicians work primarily in an office setting. However, some tasks, such as coding and tumor registry, may be performed at home through use of a secure Internet connection. Working from one’s home is however usually reserved for employees who have gained experience by working in the office for a period of time. There are also jobs available that permit a Health Information Technician to travel; these include consulting and software trainers. As technology advances, the work environment will continue to change for HIM professionals.
Upon successful completion of the Health Information Technology Program, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. Successful completion of the exam allows the graduate to use the RHIT credential. For more details on the RHIT exam process, please see the AHIMA website.
Starting Fall 2019, both the first and second year classes will be offered via distance education utilizing the internet and computer technology. Zoom technology will be used in the Coding Classes to enhance student learning. Medical Terminology may be offered on campus in addition to the distance education offering.
The Health Information Management Program accreditor of Roane State Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSCC Application - Steps 1 and 2 are required for admission to the College and Allied Health Sciences programs
The cost of registration, textbooks, liability insurance, licensing examination fee, physical exam, student membership in AHIMA and background check average approximately $3,500 per year. Students are responsible for providing transportation to classes and assigned clinical practice sites and all expenses associated with travel. All expenses are subject to change.
Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
*Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.
April M Insco
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(865) 354-3000 ext. 4922
Program Director, RHIA, CCS
Nikki L Newberry
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(865) 354-3000 ext. 4313
Faculty, RHIT, BSOM
Health Sciences Admission Advisor
(865) 354-3000, ext. 4705
April M Insco • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4922 • Click name for email address
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