Health Information Management • Program Facts

The program accepts students each semester:  Fall, Spring, and Summer, with a limit of 40 per year.

 The Health Information Management associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Informatics Management Education (CAHIIM)  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information management jobs are expected to increase by 22% from 2012-2022.  This is estimated to be 40,000 to 50,000 more jobs in this career field.

The HIM program was established in 1998 as a traditional face-to-face program.  In 2007-2008, the HIT program transitioned to an "online only" program to meet the needs of working students and professionals.

Program Statistics for years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013:  
Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT)   100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate                                       100%
Student Graduate Survey - satisfaction rate              100%

Last years' graduates as a group (2013) scored higher than the national average in all seven (7) AHIMA domains!   Most associate degree students are between the ages of 35 and 50, and age 30 for the certificate programs.  Some students start the the program shortly after completing high school.

Students may apply to the program anytime after prerequisites are met.  Students are accepted prior to each semester (Summer, Fall, and Spring).  Most of the students in the programs are considered part-time; taking 2 to 3 classes each semester since most have part-time or full-time jobs.  There are approximately 80-90 students taking HIM classes or prerequisite courses to gain admission to the program.

Many students admitted into the program have already completed one degree, and some have bachelor's or master's degrees.  The reason they pursue the associate degree training is to be eligible for the RHIT upon graduation.  The RHIT credential, and the RHIA credential for the bachelor's degree, continue to be a preferred credential that healthcare employers seek when hiring Health Information Management candidates.

Students who live outside the local Midland area are able to locate clinical sites in their area with the assistance of the HIM program.  More information and directions are given to students upon acceptance into the program.

  • Instructors for HIM


    Email address

    Jones, Jamie, RHIA
    Lambert, Leonora, MCS, RHIA Faculty
    Meshirer, Shawnda, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
    Mosley, Katy, PA
    Roberts, Jody, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
    Teel, Melinda, BS, RHIA, CCS

    Program Director
    Neichter, Elizabeth, RHIA, EdD


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