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About the Program

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The Department of Health Information Management offers an Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology. It is a part-time program that is 8 semesters in length and year-round with admission offered in the fall and spring. The program admits approximately 20 students in the fall and 12 in the spring.

The classes are on-line with the exception of professional practice rotations which are obtained in hospitals and other health care related agencies. Some travel is required. These rotations are scheduled according to the healthcare facilities’ policies and may necessitate participation during regular working hours.

This degree must be completed within 4 years from the first enrollment date into the program.

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Computer competency
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Personal endorsement
  • Written and oral communication

Do You Want Evening or Online Classes?

Most of our classes are online, except when we meet in the evening to hear a guest speaker, and the “hands-on” clinical rotations where students gain professional experience in the field. Because most classes are on the Internet students may schedule their “class time” with great flexibility during a semester! This is perfect for the working student, single parent, and the independent learner! Many of our students are career-minded and want to advance in their current positions by obtaining a degree or a coding certificate, or gain the credentials in HIM that include three semesters of coding with us and additional studies later.

Employment Outlook

HIM professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector expands over the next few decades. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. There are 40 different work settings and 125 different job descriptions, so there is something for everyone with this career choice.

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What kind of jobs can I get with this degree?

HIM professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth, unlike many professions where the breadth of options for the graduates is quite limited. Based on the graduates’ skills, education, and interests, job titles that RHIT professionals may hold include:

  • Admissions officer
  • Auditor
  • Billing analyst
  • Cancer registrar
  • Case mix analyst
  • Claims specialist
  • Clinic manager
  • Clinical coder
  • Compliance coordinator
  • Consultant
  • Data abstractor
  • Data analyst
  • Data quality manager
  • Data validation analyst
  • Director HIM
  • Educator/instructor
  • Grants writer
  • HIPAA officer
  • Insurance claims analyst
  • Medical staff coordinator
  • Optical analyst
  • Patient information coordinator
  • Photocopy service manager
  • Physician office manager
  • Privacy officer
  • Quality analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Security officer
  • Supervisor HIM
  • Systems manager
  • Transcriptionist
  • Trauma registrar
  • Utilization coordinator
  • Vital records analyst

A host of other settings who hire RHITs include:

  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Clinics
  • Coding and staffing companies
  • Consulting services
  • HMOs
  • Home health
  • Hospice, rehab
  • Hospitals
  • Law & insurance firms
  • Mental health and public health facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Physician offices
  • Private companies which need overseers of their own employee’s health records
  • Software & computer vendors

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Our program is offered to local and distance students.  A distance student is one who lives in Arkansas or in a neighboring state and who can drive to an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Arkansas as often as needed to take examinations as needed for classes. As much as possible, clinical sites located in or near each student’s hometown area are used so that students can stay in or near their local areas to do their clinical rotations with guidance provided by the department using standards from our program and with the preceptors at the local facilities. ”Live” classes that have guest speakers are digitally recorded and sent to each distance student on CDs for viewing on his or her home computer. Thus, students view their classes on the Internet and on CDs whenever they like. To take an examination, a distance student simply goes to the nearest AHEC and reports to their proctor there to take the examination. The student can generally schedule a test with his or her AHEC proctor within two to three days so that testing can be arranged for the distance students who work and/or have family obligations. There are now sixteen (16) AHECs located around Arkansas.

The program is structured with the goal of making learning easy to acquire for the working adult, the single parent, and for those who need to hear a lecture more than once in a “live” classroom setting. Internet courses supplemented with CDs offer the student the capability of hearing any class lecture as many times as desired.

Distance students are required to come to the Little Rock campus once at the beginning of the program for an orientation session.  Students also will be able to meet their classmates on this day. This is important since they will not be able to see them until graduation, but they will talk to them online and work on projects as teams and partners with them during the time spent in the program.