A collaboration of four University of Wisconsin campuses led by UW Extended Campus the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree. You are eligible for admission to this degree if you have completed at least 60 semester credits of transferable coursework with a 2.0 or better grade point average (GPA).
As a result of meeting the Healthcare Information and Management System Society’s (HIMSS) rigorous standards for quality health IT or healthcare education, the UW Health Information Management and Technology program has been named an Approved Education Partner and Academic Organizational Affiliate of HIMSS.
The Baccalaureate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation by CAHIIM is your assurance that our program meets the rigorous academic quality and competency standards established by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and CAHIIM. Completing a CAHIIM-accredited program qualifies you to sit for industry credentialing exams such as the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) offered by AHIMA.
The student retention rate for this program during academic year 2018-2019 remained at 90 percent.
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT RATE
In 2018, 90% of all graduates of the HIMT program were either working in a healthcare related career or pursing an advanced degree in a master’s program within one year post graduation. Sample position titles include: HIM Specialist, HIM Application Specialist, Medical Coding Educator, and Document Integrity Supervisor.
EXPERIENCE IN THE HIMT PROGRAM
In an end-of-course survey, based on a five (5) point Likert Scale, 90% of the students who responded to the end of course survey during 2018-2019 academic year scored this question with 3 points or higher. “The instructor provided timely responses.” In that same end-of-course survey, students were asked to provide examples of how they would improve the course. Examples of those responses included:
- More interactive discussion would be nice to have, to be able to share more personal thoughts and opinions on the materials.
- I think that the experience and knowledge from this Professor has created significant value to our course especially in understanding leadership styles and how we can apply them as leaders in HIT. I used his note sets and daily discussions to assist me with my discussions. He provided timely feedback and graded us in a timely fashion.
RHIA EXAM PREP
Students in the HIMT program are given access to RHIA exam prep material and instruction during the Pre Capstone course (HIMT 489). Students averaged a 16.5% increase in their overall score from the first attempt to their second attempt. Passing score for the RHIA exam is 70%. The current National average is 66% for all first time test takers. UW-Stevens Point students scored an average of 78% on the prep exams taken in the Pre Capstone course in 2018.
Enrollment in HIMT courses at UW-Stevens Point has increased 38% from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018.
COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST
The HIMT program at UW-Stevens Point has a mission to partner with local healthcare organizations and professional organizations to identify and offer affordable continued education opportunities for its students and for other healthcare professionals. Successful 2018 events and topics: Release of Information Workshop in the Dells with WHIMA, MRO, Sharecare and HIMSS; Healthcare Data Analytics Workshop in Stevens Point with Aspirus, WHIMA, MSTC, and HIMSS; Coding Roundtable Workshop with WHIMA, Rasmussen in Green Bay.
University of Wisconsin institutions offering the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission. The program has been approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.
To graduate, you must earn at least 120 credits (30 credits through UWSP), which include the general requirements for your degree and the requirements for at least one major. You may need to take some elective credits. You must earn at least 40 credits in courses numbered 300 or above and must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher for the courses within the Health Information Management and Technology curriculum.
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