Congratulations to the UW Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program on their impressive growth—2015 boosted student enrollment by 99.7 percent! Staff and faculty within the program believe this astonishing growth is a result of the program’s unique, dual-focus curriculum, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ promising forecast for the industry, and positive word of mouth among participants. CAHIIM accreditation, which the program received in April of this year, has added even more fuel to the fire.
UW HIMT: built for today—and tomorrow
The health information management field will grow more than 22 percent by 2022—a quicker rise than any other job field in the country.
UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL) Dean David Schejbal reflects on the program’s success. “This program has seen significant growth in the past two years. The unique degree programs we build at CEOEL are designed to meet state- and nationwide workforce needs, and the health information field is a great example of one that is experiencing rapid growth.”
Plus, its convenient online format makes it a flexible choice for busy, working adults who want to advance their careers. Says Schejbal, “The UW Health Information Management and Technology program is supplying qualified HIM graduates to fill industry demand, and at the same time, serves adult learners who are juggling work and family and need the flexibility of online education to earn a degree.”
Sole CAHIIM-accredited HIMT program in UW System
The UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology received a big boost in April when the health information management track offered by UW-Green Bay earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM accredits associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in health informatics and information management in the United States. To receive accreditation, academic programs undergo an exhaustive process of voluntary peer review and must meet the organization’s minimum accreditation standards.
Completing the CAHIIM-accredited UW Health Information Management and Technology program allows graduates to sit for industry credentialing exams such as the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. It also gives graduates a competitive advantage in the job market.
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Download a four-page overview of the UW Health Information Management and Technology bachelor’s program, including information on courses, careers, and tuition.
Qualifying for CAHIIM accreditation—a meticulous process
The people behind the UW Health Information Management and Technology degree program worked hard to earn CAHIIM accreditation, an achievement which required the following steps:
- Developing programs that meet the stringent educational standards recognized by CAHIIM
- Performing a rigorous self-assessment of the program curriculum, as well as its goals and outcomes, to ensure they meet the stated requirements for CAHIIM accreditation
- Conducting a formal site visit with a dedicated CAHIIM appraisal team, who perform an in-depth analysis of the program
- And finally, creating and presenting an outcomes-based Annual Program Assessment Report, illustrating the proven benefits the program provides its students.
Everyone on the HIMT team, from academic directors and distinguished faculty to student support advisers, has worked hard to build a quality program that benefits students and employers alike. The lasting advantages of these efforts are substantial—accreditation by CAHIIM assures that UW students receive a rigorous and relevant education, and that the employers who hire them will get qualified professionals who are well prepared to meet the challenges of not only today’s electronic health record environment, but tomorrow’s as well.
If you’re interested in exploring options in a health information career, now is the time! The UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology spring 2016 semester begins January 19, 2016. Applications are currently being accepted and enrollment will continue through the December 19, 2015 deadline.
To find out how you can expand your skills and increase your employment opportunities with the UW Health Information Management and Technology program, and how CAHIIM accreditation can be a benefit to you, visit the program’s website today. You can also contact a friendly enrollment adviser at 1-877-895-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.