Embark on a rewarding journey in health information management technology at Lakeland Community College. Our CAHIIM-accredited associate degree program equips students with the essential skills to thrive as health information technicians. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to take the RHIT exam, opening doors to exciting career opportunities.
As part of our program, you'll delve into the diverse realm of health care data and the management of information resources. From collecting and processing data to analyzing and disseminating vital information, you'll gain comprehensive knowledge in this vital field. Develop expertise in working with medical records and statistics, coding medical data, maintaining health record systems, and ensuring the secure usage and release of health information.
Health information management is a combination of business, science and information technology.
This health information management technology program might be for you if you:
- Want to work in the health care field but rather work behind a computer.
- Do not want to be involved in taking care of patients.
- Would rather work with nurses and other health professionals.
- Want a Monday-Friday job with typically nights, weekends and holidays off.
- Medical coding - Assign codes to patient charts
- Medical records and electronic health records - Use health technology to assign codes using encoder software
- Healthcare data analysis - Apply knowledge about the revenue cycle that is used in the health industry and by health insurance agencies
- And more
Graduates will receive their Associate of Applied Science degree in health information management technology after successfully completing the 65 credit hours of course work, which can be earned in two years.
Consider medical coding, which is one of the best jobs without a college degree. You can complete Lakeland's medical coding program in about one year. Want to know more? Contact our program director to see how you can get started.
For up to date information on average salary, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
"After I attended Riverside High School, I went on to get a four-year degree, so I already had a bachelor's degree in nursing when I decided to come back to school and pursue a health information management degree in 2015. After graduating from Lakeland, I began working at Anthem. If I could tell a student who is considering the program anything, it would be that this was the best decision to further my education. Having the RHIT credential opens up endless opportunities in medical coding, auditing, and data analytics. The possibilities are endless. I enjoy this field because I perform clinical audits for correct coding. I love that I also have an opportunity to educate providers and other auditors. Basically, I love this career since it allows me to use my clinical background together with coding to make sure claims are properly coded for proper reimbursement. It was easy to choose Lakeland as the place to pursue this degree, because it's close to my home. And another great reason is the program's director Chris Jerson. Chris is a great educator!"
- Kim Mackey
"I had been working in foodservice and was getting tired of working holidays and weekends and missing out on family events. After speaking with the program director Chris Jerson, and doing some research on my own, I chose to start the program at Lakeland. For anyone considering it, this is a great program, and the teachers are very knowledgeable when it comes to the material. They care about their students and want them to succeed. Personally, I love this field because every day is something different - you don't see the same thing twice. The sense of purpose is that I get to help people. My grandparents were both doctors, and they were always helping and taught me to help others as well, so having a career in the medical field I feel like I am continuing my grandparent's legacy."
-Peter Bracht, Lakeland class of 2015
Hometown/high school: Ashtabula/ Ashtabula Harbor High
Employer: Aquity Solutions
Registered health information technicians (RHIT) must pass a written examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To take the examination, a person must graduate from a two-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
The Health Information Management Technology accreditor of Lakeland Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the associate degree in health in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2023. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|100%||RHIT pass rate 2021-22|
|86%||Employment rate 2021-22|
|100%||Retention rate 2021-22|
Lakeland's graduates will successfully demonstrate the HIMT entry-level competencies.