Herzing University Online degree program accreditedWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Herzing University Online recently received accreditation for its Associate of Science in Health Information Management degree program.
“[It] allows our program graduates to be able to sit for the national certification exam,” said Mary Kay Taylor, program chair of the health information management, health care management and insurance billing and coding program. “The only way graduates are able to do that is by graduating from a programmatic accredited program.”
This program helps students prepare for jobs in health information management and sharpens their skills in planning, collecting, analyzing and disseminating patient and clinical data in the healthcare industry, according to a news release.
“[The accreditation] validates that our curriculum meets the industry standard in health information management,” Taylor said.
Not every program found at other universities is accredited through the Commission of Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), Taylor said, adding that this puts Herzing one step above the others without accreditation.
According to the news release, it is an important credential to have now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates the health care industry’s transition to electronic medical records.
“Our Health Information Management program is increasingly important in helping the industry to find qualified staff, and providing students with a path to a high growth career in health care,” said Online President Blake Faulkner in the news release.
Natasha Taylor, a medical billing and insurance coding graduate of the New Orleans campus, said that her degree helped her get her current job.
““If it weren’t for Herzing, I wouldn’t have the job I have. I love my job so much; I’d go there even if I wasn’t getting paid,” she said.
With this degree, students can go on to work in “hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies and software vendors,” according to the news release, which stated the area of study was “perfect for anyone with an interest in computer science, business administration, health science or health administration.”
Herzing University Online offers both a bachelor’s of science (which takes three to four years to acquire) and an associate degree of science in health information management (which typically takes 16-24 months to acquire).
The mission of the university is to be “career-focused” and “convenient.” The university does that by providing an online format of courses towards master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees.
“It’s convenient in that students can log in at any time of day and their research is available to them,” Taylor said.
“Any support that they would need, as far as tutoring support from their instructors, we offer a curriculum that will be supportive of the student no matter where they are.”
Applications are now being accepted for the Health Information Management program. For more information, students may contact admissions at (866) 771-0605, ext. 832 or by visit www.herzingonline.edu.
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