Health Information Technology Certificate

MWSU offers a one-year Certificate program in Health Information Technology (HIT), a B.S. degree in Health Information Management, and a minor in Health Informatics and Information Management. Students finishing the A.A.S. degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician certification exam because the HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The Bachelor of Science in HIM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates from CAHIIM accredited baccalaureate degree programs can take the Registered Health Information Administration exam.

The Certificate program will prepare the student for an entry-level position in the field of health information management with such employers as hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices, and insurance companies.

Health Information Management prepares confident, innovative, and contributing professionals who can identify and use a variety of information resources and technologies and work throughout the healthcare industry in settings that span the continuum of care. The baccalaureate degree health information management graduate serves as a pivotal team member in the planning, design, implementation, management, use and evaluation of electronic health records and other electronic information systems. Job responsibilities also include serving as brokers of information services. Among the information services provided are definition of requirements and design for clinical and administrative systems development, data administration, clinical data management, data privacy and security management, decision support and data analysis, management of information-intensive areas such as quality/performance improvement, case management and outcomes measurement as well as management of the health information management departmental services. Baccalaureate degree graduates may hold positions as compliance officer, data quality manager, data sets/nomenclature/classification standards manager, educator, healthcare consumer advocate, privacy/security officer, project manager, reimbursement or revenue cycle manager to name a few.

Students gain both theoretical knowledge, and practical experience in healthcare settings to prepare them to respond to the challenge of working in health informatics and health information management. Students should be aware that some courses involve professional practice experiences for a significant number of hours. Because these experiences are usually only available during typical working hours, working students must make arrangements to be absent from their work. Students work closely with their advisors since many of the courses have prerequisites and must be taken in sequence. Some professional management experience sites may require criminal background checks, current medical history, proof of liability insurance, and proof of negative TB tests. Students will be required to travel and may be required to temporarily relocate in order to complete the practical experience. Working students may have to make arrangements to be absent from their work in order to complete class requirements.

Students wishing to complete only the certificate can complete the requirements on a part-time basis over a two-year period. Part or all of the program may be offered online. Check with the department for further information.

Classes are offered in a variety of settings, including web-based learning management system, face to face, and a hybrid method.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program may be found online at www.missouriwestern.edu/finaid/gainful-employment-disclosures.

 
Certificate Requirements
HIF 300Health Data Management3
HIT 132Pharmacology2
HIT 275Coding and Classification System I3
HIT 276Coding and Classification Systems I Lab1
HIT 277Coding and Classification Systems II3
HIT 278Coding and Classification Systems II Lab1
HIT 279Reimbursement Systems2
ALH 106Medical Terminology2
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 375Pathophysiology4
CSC 201Microcomputer Applications3

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn 9 of the last 15 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  3. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  4. Earn a grade of C or higher in all certificate coursework.
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program may be found online at www.missouriwestern.edu/finaid/gainful-employment-disclosures.