About the HIM Profession
The first step in your career planning process is to discover your interests and then match them to careers. If you have an interest in healthcare and information technology, health information management (HIM) may be the right career choice for you. As one of the fastest growing occupations in one of the fastest growing industries, a HIM career places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology.
Visit the American Health Information Management Association’s Health Information Careers website!
Colleges & Certifications
Indiana has excellent accredited schools in which you can receive either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in health information management.
The American Health Information Management Association accredits HIT and HIA programs and approves Master’s level and coding certificate programs. You can search for programs by program level, institution name, state, or distance learning programs by going to the AHIMA website at college search.
Associate’s Degree – Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
IU Northwest – HIT Program
Indiana Tech – Fort Wayne – HIT Program
Ivy Tech – Indianapolis & Fort Wayne – HIT Program
National College – Indianapolis – HIT Program
Vincennes University – HIT Program
When you have finished your HIM training, the next step is to successfully complete a certification exam. Earning a credential validates your competence as an HIM professional to employers and the public. In addition to the RHIA and RHIT credentials, AHIMA offers numerous certifications:
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
- Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
- Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P)
- Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS)
- Certified in Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDIP)
- Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
- Certified in Healthcare Data Analytics (CHDA)
Details of these certifications can be found in the Certification section of AHIMA’s website.
Health Information Management (HIM) Programs
Health Information Technology (HIT) Programs