Health Information Management major gets CAHIIM accreditation

Charter Oak State College building

Charter Oak State College's online Health Information Management bachelor's degree program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the governing academic authority in the field of Health Information Management.

Cindy Glewwe Edgerton, M.Ed, RHIA, Program Director said, "This is an incredible achievement for the college which demonstrates the program's compliance with the high standards required by CAHIIM to ensure a quality Health Information Management program."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has cited Health Information Management as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. with a projected job growth rate of 23% from 2012 to 2022. Graduating from a CAHIIM accredited Health Information Management program allows students to take the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) exam, an important credential in the field.

"With this accreditation," Edgerton continued, "students can be assured that they have enrolled in a great program. Plus, as a public college, we are one of the most affordable online options."

Developed by experts in this fast-growing field, the program equips students with the health care knowledge and skills needed to manage patient data and improve patient care in today's health care environments.

Successful candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management should be familiar with working in a health care or health care-related environment, and have an aptitude for biological sciences and information technology. Students who already possess a health care credential (i.e. RHIT, CPC, CCS, RN, etc.) may be able to receive credits for it, reducing the number of required courses.