|MWSU | Academics/Departments | Department of Nursing | Health Informatics and Information Management||B.S. HEALTH INFORMATICS and INFORMATION MANAGEMENT|
What majors and minors are offered?
The program offers a major in Health Informatics and Information Management and a minor in Health Informatics and Information Management. The major degree is a B.S. degree.
What are the admission requirements for the program?The admission requirements are the same as the institution's requirements.
How should I prepare for a Health Informatics and Information Management degree?
If you are interested in the Health Informatics and Information Management field, visit physician offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings and interview the Director of Health Information services. Check out http://www.ahima.org for more information. Another great site is http://www.hicareers.com.
How does the program work around my busy schedule?
One of the biggest advantages of the program is that students receive individualized attention regarding classes and schedules. The program is available for either full-time or part-time students. The professional classes can be taken in an online environment. Many of the general studies are also available online.
Is the program accredited?
The B.S. degree is not yet accredited, although the process to obtain accreditation has started. It is anticipated that the program will be accredited early in 2014. The AAS degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). It will continue to maintain its accreditation status until all of the current students have finished the program. http://www.cahiim.org
Why is it important that a program be accredited?
National accreditation is one way to ensure the quality of the program you choose. The organizations providing accreditation ensure the program meets certain standards of quality. The certification exams (RHIT and RHIA) can only be taken by graduates of a program accredited by CAHIIM.
How do students work together with faculty?
Students and faculty members work together in many ways, for example, planning activities for Health Information Professionals week. Students also serve on the Advisory Committee to help evaluate curriculum and make suggestions for program changes.
Faculty members work closely with students to determine the best sites to complete their professional practice experiences.
What type of awards have your faculty received?
Marsha Dolan, the program coordinator was awarded the Missouri Health Information Management Association (MHIMA) Outstanding Educator award in 2000 and 2007. Other awards include: 2007 ACE (Action Community for e-HIM Excellence) Community Member, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); Missouri Western State University Board of Governors 2008 Distinguished Professor award with distinction in teaching; 2008 Outstanding Community Education Coordinator award by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); 2009 MHIMA Outstanding Volunteer and Fellow of AHIMA; and 2010 Community Outreach Triumph Award by AHIMA.
Kay Folck, full-time faculty member was awarded the Missouri Health Information Management Association (MoHIMA) Outstanding Educator award in 2012.
What special facilities does the HIT program have?
The computer lab of the HIT program has many pieces of specialized software. The program also uses the AHIMA Virtual Lab to help students integrate their learning regarding electronic health records.