Health information management (HIM) is a rapidly growing field that provides different career options. Formerly many graduates in the Health Information Technology (HIT) 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 HIT graduates have also found employment with software companies, attorney offices, tumor registries, managed care organizations, and consulting firms.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conducted a survey in 2004 examining employment of HIM professionals in the United States .
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 at http://www.ahima.org/certification/rhit.asp
First year courses are taught at the Roane County Main Campus during the day and also at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences during evening hours. Second years courses are split between both of these campuses as well with some courses only taught during the day and others only taught in the evening. Some of the HIT courses are also taught via distance education utilizing the Internet and computer technology.
The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800; Email: email@example.com; www.cahiim.org.
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.
Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses
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Liability insurance: $30
Physical Exam and immunizations
Criminal background check (if required): $65
Graduation Fee: $25
RHIT exam fee: $205
Student membership to AHIMA: $35
Placement rate (Spring 2010): 100%
Graduation Rate (Spring 2011): 91% (10/11)
Certification exam pass rate (Spring 2011): 80%