search

Health Data and Information Management

ACCREDITATION

The Health Data and Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the HDIM program are eligible to take the national examination required for certification as a registered health information technician (RHIT). 

What is 'Health Data and Information Management (HDIAS)'?

Medicine is exploding with data. Data drives the quality and safety of healthcare. HIM professionals have an essential role in transforming that data into information to make wide-ranging changes in the provision of healthcare. Skilled HIM professionals accomplish this by facilitating the implementation of systems such as the electronic health record to ensure that the right information is available to patients, doctors, pharmacists and insurance companies at the right time and at the right cost. This is accomplished while maintaining privacy and security of personal health information as the healthcare industry moves toward an increasingly electronic and global environment.

Is it for you?

The Health Data and Information Management program prepares graduates for a career in health information management (HIM). A career in HIM offers the potential to make a difference not only in the health of the community but also in your future. HIM professionals are the wizards who work behind the scenes to make health information available for real-time patient care and health-planning decisions. Getting to the facts quickly is imperative when you're in the business of saving lives. In today's fast-paced healthcare system, the healthcare team's success depends on accurate, organized health information.

Job and Salary Expectations

Job prospects for HDIM graduates are very good, with employment expected to grow much faster than average – more than 21 percent through 2020 – according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salaries for associate degree graduates range from $30,000 to $40,000. In 2015, CNN named the position of health information director number 27 on its list of top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

To learn about potential career paths with an HDIM degree, visit HIM careers and select Career Map. The map shows a matrix of positions in health information management. Click on one and the interactive capabilities demonstrate potential options with added experience.

See what experts say about the future of a career in health information management.

Program Faculty

Kelly Hajek, RHIA, program director, 531-MCC-2673
Dawn Goodsell, RHIA, program faculty, 531-MCC-2633

Program Description

Health Data and Information Management (HDIAS) - associate in applied science, prepares students to work in health information management (HIM) in organizations that create, manage, and utilize health information

The Health Data and Information Management program started at Metropolitan Community College in spring 2013. The HDIM Program leads to completion of the associate of applied science degree. It combines online instruction, online simulation activities and an in-person practicum experience to prepare students for entry-level employment in the health information management field. The HDIM courses are in an online delivery system only. General education and optional program requirements can be taken online or in person in a hybrid format. The practicum experience of 80 hours takes place at a healthcare organization during the usual work-week hours.

Learn more at: curriculum, course descriptions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Program Values and Mission

The mission of the Health Data and Information Management program (HDIM) at MCC is to provide an affordable college education in health information management that is recognized professionally on both the local and national levels. The HDIM program strives to build the foundation of knowledge, skills and ethical decision making in order to prepare graduates to pursue employment in organizations that develop, maintain, utilize and secure health information.

HDIM Program graduates comments

Here's what the graduates said:

     "I selected the health information management field because I am interested in the back-end work of healthcare. I am not fond of direct patient care, but I like to assist others in treating and helping patients. I like putting together the puzzle pieces of medical information to ensure that physicians and nurses can effectively care for their patients. It’s a career field that is constantly changing and evolving to keep up with technology, I like that it is something that you will continually need to work at and that it puts you front and center of all the exciting breakthroughs the medical field has to offer."

Jessika Black (HDIM graduate 2015)

     "I believe that the HDIM program is key in helping me get the position (hospital coder.) The company knowing I am working toward finishing up my degree and being able to sit for the RHIT certification also allows me to continue to advance in my career path. My previous job experience played a role in receiving the job offer; however without returning to school and completing the HDIM program, I would not have the knowledge and ability to start training in my chosen career path before even graduating."

Lauri Turek (HDIM graduate 2015)

Application for HDIM Program

Admission to the HDIM program is selective. Applications for the HDIM program consist of the application, two letters of reference, an essay and unofficial transcripts. Access the application at HDIM program. Application packets are accepted at any time until deadline date - July 10, 2017.

If you cannot start the HDIM program right away, you can start working on HDIM program requirements. All courses that do not have an HDIM or HITP designation can be taken before acceptance into the HDIM program.  For more information, email HDIM@mccneb.edu.

Requirements for HDIM Program

  • Applicants must present evidence of ability to do college level work by completion of the following courses with a C or better in each course. Students with bachelors degrees are exempt from these course requirements.
    • English level I and English level II
    • Humanities or social sciences (one course)
    • HMRL 1010 Human Relations Skills or RDLS 1200 College Success Strategies
  • Students must complete INFO 1001: Information Systems and Literacy and MATH 1310: Intermediate Algebra or higher prior to enrolling in HDIM 2010: Healthcare Statistics, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter in the program.
  • Students must have information technology skills and use of a computer with Internet access to take courses online.
  • Current MCC students must be in good academic standing with no business office holds.
  • Students must be accepted into the HDIM program to register for HDIM courses. Course registration is completed by the HDIM Program Director. Students cannot self-register for HDIM courses.

Credit Classes and Registration