Health information management
Health information technicians (or registered health information technicians) can count on being in demand.
Registered health information technicians
- manage medical records and health information systems
- enhance the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry
- instruct ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
- summarize data into useful information
- comply with standards and regulations regarding health information
- protect the privacy and security of patient health information
- ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users
- code health information for reimbursement and research.
Each year in the fall a new group of students begins Stark State’s four-semester health information management program. Prospective students must meet specific criteria (see application requirements), but fulfilling the criteria doesn’t guarantee admission to the program.
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to become a registered health information technician (RHIT).
Graduates also may pursue a bachelor’s degree in health information management (HIM) via distance learning at the University of Toledo or other HIM or related bachelor degree options.
Your pathway to a degree
You can start with a medical billing specialist certificate and a medical coding certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in health information
- 2018 graduation rate 94%
- 2016-2017 RHIT first-time pass rate 96%
National average RHIT first-time pass rate 69%
- 2016-2017 Average score first-time test takers 68%
National average score first-time test takers 64%
The health information management program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the dean of student services and the applicable licensure/certification board.