Why You Should Earn a Degree in Health Information
If you are interested in a healthcare career but prefer working with computers and information to actual patient care, a health information management degree might be right for you. There are many reasons to pursue a career in this field right now, and we at CCNN want to be sure you know as much as possible about the program and field to help you make the right choice. So, read on to learn some of the best reasons to earn your degree today.
You’ll Learn Valuable Skills
The skills you can gain in this program are the skills employers are looking for. Learn how to read patients’ medical records, to oversee insurance and billing processes, and to use the software and technology required in the field. Coursework includes Anatomy, Pathology in Coding, Hospital Billing and Coding, and more. These classes can give you the foundation, skills, and knowledge of terminology needed for the different careers available.
Variety of Career Paths
You may not have heard of this medical field, but it provides a wide range of career opportunities. From Medical Billing and Coding to Electronic Claims Processor, there are jobs here for a variety of personalities and skill sets. In each of these paths, you’ll need to manage patient health data, be accurate and detail-oriented, and prioritize confidentiality. If you prefer working with people, managing schedules, and filing records, you might excel as a Medical Office Manager. A Health Information Technician, on the other hand, works with data more than people and must organize large amounts of information. Because there are many different career paths, you can find the one that fits you best.
Careers in healthcare are growing much faster than many other fields. This expansion is expected to continue, and health information, in particular, is experiencing growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 13% from 2016 to 2026. This is faster than the 7% average for most careers. Due to an aging population and the widespread use of electronic records, the need for skilled professionals will continue to increase for the foreseeable future.
How to Earn Your Health Information Management Degree
If the variety, job outlook, and skill set interest you, it’s time to act! Even if you’re not sure which career path you want to follow, enrolling in CCNN’s Health Information Management Program can help you make that decision while you prepare for a meaningful and stable career. Call 775-241-4445 to learn more about our program today!
Health Information Management Program at CCNN
Sometimes in life and in school, it’s easy to lose track of what we’re working for. We can get so deep in the weeds that we forget there are actual, tangible goals we set out to accomplish. For three Career College of Northern Nevada Health Information Management students, their goals just became crystal clear as they recently passed their Certified Coding Associate exams, putting them one step closer to a career in medical coding.
CCNN students Jeanette Craig, Jessica Mendoza and Shayla Johnson recently passed the rigorous coding certification test offered to those considering a career in health information. It’s the culmination of CCNN’s 18-month Health Information Management program which teaches students about healthcare, medical billing codes and insurance reimbursement methodologies.
It’s all with an eye toward a career as a health information technician, a job that involves organizing and managing health data using both paper and electronic filing systems and coding systems to categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes.
If that sounds like a detail-oriented career, it is, says HIM program department chair Lori Hoffman.
“This program is heavy on anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology,” Hoffman says. “To succeed in this program, you really need to have a strong focus on paying attention to detail. It starts when a patient renders services to schedule an appointment and follows through to their appointment and beyond. It’s all based on providing quality care for all patients.”
Now that the students have passed the CCA exam, they will next prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, which focuses on outpatient services, Hoffman says. From there, the students’ final class will be an externship at a local doctor’s office or hospital. The make students complete 120 hours prior to earning their Associate Degree, and it gives them a real-life preview of what it’s like to work in the health information management field. CCNN also supports the students by connecting them with medical networking organizations such as AAPC and AHIMA, giving them even more opportunities to further their careers.
Hoffman says the time students spend at CCNN creates a lasting bond between student and teacher. She can’t help but swell with pride when her students excel.
“I’m really proud of them because you see students that come from all different aspects of life, whether bad things have happened them or maybe they just want a change in career. It’s an overwhelming, rewarding feeling to watch them come out of their shells as they go through the program. A new chapter of their lives have just opened up for them,” Hoffman says.
Interested in a career in health information management? Here are some signs this ever-growing field might be right for you:
You see yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities and unlimited career potential.
You like the idea of working with patients and their families.
You have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law and computers.
You enjoy and are not intimidated working alongside professionals such as: physicians, nurses, social workers, lawyers, administrators and executives.
You can work well alone or with a team.
You like diversity in your day to day work environment.
You like the idea of working in the healthcare without the “blood and guts” part of the job.