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Akron - Health Information Management Program Outlines

ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE

Akron Campus

  1. Regional Accreditation: Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1413, 800-621-7440, www.ncahlc.org). This means all students attending Herzing University are attending an accredited institution.
  2. State Approval: All programs at the Akron Campus of Herzing University are approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-3414, 614-466-2752 or 877-275-4219, www.scr.ohio.gov).  The campus’ Ohio Registration Number is 04-01-1704T. All bachelor degree programs at the campus are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents (25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-3414, 614-466-6000, www.ohiohighered.org/contact-us).
  3. Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at the Akron Campus is approved by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing (17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-7410, 614-466-3947, www.nursing.ohio.gov). Consequently, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at the Akron Campus is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  4. Medical Assisting Services: The Diploma in Medical Assisting Services program at the Akron Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida, 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Consequently, students completing the program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants, www.aama-ntl.org.
  5. Dental Assisting: The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting and the Diploma in Dental Assisting programs at the Akron Campus are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA, 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2678, 312-440-4653, www.ada.org/100.aspx). Consequently, graduates are eligible to take the examinations leading to certified dental assistant (CDA®) certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
  6. Medical Laboratory Technician: The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician program at the Akron Campus is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018, 773-714-8880, www.naacls.org). Consequently, graduates are eligible to take the examination for the medical laboratory technician certification offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
  7. Legal Studies: Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Legal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs available online at the Akron Campus are eligible to take the certified paralegal examination through the Association of Legal Assistants, www.nala.org. These online programs are not programmatically approved by the American Bar Association (ABA, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654-7598, 800-285-2221, www.americanbar.org). There are no plans to seek this approval for these online programs. Some employers may prefer graduates from an ABA-approved program. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this approval on their hiring decisions.
  8. Health Information Management: The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management programs offered online by Herzing University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM, 233 North Michigan Avenue, 31st Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60601-5800, 312-233-1100, www.cahiim.org). Students enrolling through this campus must take their core HIM courses online.  Graduates of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the registered health information technician (RHIT) certification exam, and graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the registered health information administrator (RHIA) certification exam, both offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  9. Accounting: The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University, even when combined with the Herzing University MBA, may not fulfill all of the requirements for a graduate to take the certified public accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure as a CPA in some states/jurisdictions. In addition to requiring a specific amount of study beyond a bachelor’s degree (typically, a total of 150 semester credit hours, but this varies by jurisdiction), most states/jurisdictions require specific coursework, as well as several years of professional experience working in accounting, to be eligible to apply for licensure. Some states (including, but not necessarily limited to, Texas) require the accounting program to have a specific programmatic accreditation for graduates to apply for licensure as a CPA, which Herzing University programs do not have, and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state board of accountancy regarding CPA eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in any accounting program. Students planning to pursue certifications other than the CPA exam should also contact the respective certifying organization to confirm requirements for certification prior to enrolling in any accounting program.
  10. Business Programs: Herzing University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas, 913-631-3009, www.iacbe.org). Herzing University has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs. Candidate status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
  11. Other Programs: No other programs at this campus have specialized programmatic accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of specialized programmatic accreditation on their hiring decisions.

For students interested in Health Information Management, Herzing University provides several paths to enter this growing career field. The diploma program in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist lays the foundation for entry-level positions in the field. Diploma graduates who want to further their education and career opportunities can easily go on to the associate degree program. Associate degree graduates can seamlessly transfer their coursework and skills into the bachelor’s degree program. Or, students can start in the bachelor’s right away and work to graduate in just three years!

Health Information Management Program Comparison Chart

Program availability varies by location.

ProgramCreditsMonths
Diploma in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist4412
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist6120
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management6320
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management12436
*Average number of months for students to complete program

DIPLOMA IN INSURANCE BILLING AND CODING SPECIALIST

This diploma program is the first step in launching your career in medical billing and coding. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as medical billing specialists, medical coders, and insurance claims analysts.Download Program Course Sheet

ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN INSURANCE BILLING AND CODING SPECIALIST

This program takes what you learned in the diploma program and adds the general education classes needed for an associate degree. This provides more career flexibility and better chances for advancement. Download Program Course Sheet

ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Students in the ASHIM program will learn entry-level skills related to those areas of the Health Information Management profession. All of the courses in this program are offered in an online format, and some courses are also available in a traditional classroom format - see your local campus for availability of traditional classroom courses. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. Download Program Course Sheet

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Graduates of the bachelor program will have the most career opportunity as well as the best chances for advancement. Not only do they have all the basics of coding, health sciences and general education, they also have business, accounting and management skills. They know how to apply these specifically in the area of medical records and health information documentation. Taught in a combination of on campus and online courses, graduates of this program are qualified to take AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam. Download Program Course Sheet

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf .

Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA)
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Eligibility:
Only those who successfully
    1.    Complete a bachelor's degree in an HIM program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) or are enrolled in their last term of study
OR
    2.    Graduate from an HIM program that is approved by a foreign association with which AHIMA has a reciprocity agreement.
Herzing University Online is accredited by CAHIIM* so graduates of the BSHIM are eligible to sit for this exclusive credential.
For more information on RHIA certification, review the Candidate Handbook from AHIMA.
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).



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