With summer semester behind us and fall semester around the corner, now is the perfect time to celebrate the 100 graduates of the University of Wisconsin Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program.
“We are extremely proud of our students and alumni,” said Wil Limp, program manager of UW HIMT. “In a very short amount of time, our alumni network has become as strong and competitive as any other program in the country.”
What Are the Graduates Up to Now?
Surveys show that 95% of HIMT graduates from the 2016-2017 academic year are either working in a health-related career or pursuing an advanced degree one year after graduating.
HIMT graduates have worked for organizations including:
- UnitedHealth Group
- Providence Health & Services
- VA Medical Center
- Aurora Health Care
- Hospital Sisters Health System
- Marshfield Clinic
- UW Health
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- Hennepin County Medical Center
- Sauk Prairie Healthcare
- UW Medical Foundation
- American Red Cross
- BayCare Health Systems
- Green Bay Oncology
“The high rate of students graduating and moving into health information careers is a testament to their hard work and dedication,” Limp added. “Many of them have families, jobs, and other obligations, and they still manage to graduate and make significant positive career changes.”
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HIMT: A Growing Field with Wide Appeal
Over the last decade, the health information field has transformed dramatically due to new technology and regulations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of medical and health services managers will grow by 20 percent between 2016 and 2026—far outpacing the average for other occupations in the United States.
Since it launched in 2013, the Bachelor of Science in HIMT has provided professionals the education and skills they need to enter and advance in the field. This online program is a partnership between four University of Wisconsin campuses: UW-La Crosse, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, and UW-Stevens Point. Students enroll at and earn an HIMT degree from one of the four campuses. They also can choose from two tracks of study in health information management and health IT.
Due to its strong course content, the program has garnered wide appeal among UW students in other degree programs as well. Limp said, “Even though this is an online degree completion program focused on health information management and technology, each semester, we see more ‘traditional’ campus students from programs such as nursing and business taking medical terminology, health statistics, and other HIMT courses.”