Credit Certificate Program
The Health Information Management (HIM) certificate program represents 30 credits of coursework focused on the Clinical Coding specialty within Health Information Management. Many students who pursue the HIM Certificate may already have degrees in other disciplines and therefore are not looking to gain, or need, that level of training. Instead, they simply want to have credentials that will validate for a prospective employer that they posess skills in Clinical Coding. Having a certificate option offers our students a choice and thus allows them to choose the path that best meets their career and educational goals. Having said that, for students who do wish to continue their education beyond the Certificate, may continue into the degree program in Health Information Management, which itself is articulated with the Bachelor’s Degree program in HIM at Charter Oak State College.
The HIM Certificate offers students a curriculum that is focused on the medical coding and reimbursement aspects of the health information management field while still introducing student to privacy, compliance, and ethics. Information technology is an integral part of the medical world, and health information management is a growing field which has experienced expansion in recent years with the transition in healthcare from traditional practices using paper to highly efficient electronic record-keeping. HIM professionals are involved in the design, collection, storage, utilization, and transmission of data required to meet the professional, legal, and administrative record-keeping requirements of healthcare delivery systems. They also work with clinical, financial, epidemiological, administrative, and coded healthcare and insurance data.
The Middlesex Community College Health Information Management Certificate coding program is approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program January of 2018 – January of 2021 with annual interim approval during these years.
This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program.
The AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:
- Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
- Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
- Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
- Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession
This page was last updated 8/28/18