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.
- 2019 graduation rate = 90%
- 2017-2018 RHIT first-time pass rate = 75% (National average RHIT first-time pass rate 76%)
- 2017-2018 Average score first-time test takers = 63% (National average score first-time test takers 63%)
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
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.
Program learning outcomes
- Successfully pass the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam.
- Accurately code diagnosis and procedures on emergency room, ambulatory surgery, observation, and inpatient health records.
- Assign MS-DRG’s to inpatient health records and AOCs to outpatient health records.
- Demonstrate ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical documentation and apply HIPAA privacy policies and procedures.
- Demonstrate understanding of Utilization and Risk Management programs.
- Demonstrate organizational ability, positive attitude, and professional appearance.
- Demonstrate satisfactory attendance.
- Demonstrate responsiveness to constructive feedback and possess interpersonal skills.
- Perform basic administrative medical assisting duties.