Health Information Management/Coding

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Program Overview

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator:Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT, 816.604.4245
Application deadline: March 1

Degree and Certificate Awarded

Description

The demand for Health Information Management (HIM) professionals has increased due to the government mandates of the implementation of the electronic health record and the edition change for diagnostic and procedure coding to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Health Information Management professionals are at the cutting edge of healthcare technology. An HIM professional manages all components of the health record through data analytics while assuring the privacy, confidentiality, and the security of the data by meeting all state and federal regulatory and requirements.

Courses in the Program(s) include an introduction in science, technology, finance, and organizational leadership. The well-rounded curriculum will prepare the graduate for the workforce and on toward a successful new career path in diverse healthcare settings to include but not limited to hospitals, physician offices, behavioral health facilities, skilled-nursing facilities, home health organizations, hospice care, and research organizations.

The Health Information Technology Program is a two-year Associate's in Applied Science degree where upon graduating from the Program the student is eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The Coding Certificate Program is a one-year coding certificate where upon graduation; the student is eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) also offered by AHIMA. All courses taught in the Coding Certificate Program can be applied toward the Health Information Technology Program should the student desire to continue their education endeavors toward a college degree.

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (CAHIIM).

To Apply

  1. Apply for admission to MCC.
  2. Send your most current transcripts to:
    Student Data Center
    3200 Broadway
    Kansas City, MO 64111
  3. Apply (by March. 1) to the HITE or Coding programs:
    1. Download the HITE packet and complete the Health Information Technology or Coding Certificate application (pdf).
    2. Write a 1-2 page essay detailing why you are interested in this career.
    3. Mail application and essay to:
      Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT
      Health Information Technology/ Coding Certificate Programs
      Health Science Institute
      3444 Broadway, KCMO 64111-2764
        (or drop them off to the division secretary)
  4. Applications will not be processed until after the due date (March 1) and notification will be sent several weeks after that. We will continue to accept students until the programs are full. Qualified students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  5. If you are accepted into the program, you will be invited to attend a required orientation and enrollment session. Please do not attempt to enroll in any courses prior to orientation.
  6. For financial aid assistance, call 816.604.4067

 

Last Modified: 1/14/14