USM’s HIM Program Earns Candidacy Status

10/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The new University of Saint Mary Health Information Management (HIM)* program achieved an important milestone on the path to accreditation this month, earning candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

USM HIM Program Director Dr. Don Kellogg now begins the substantial task of securing accreditation—a process that involves meeting  key program goals, designing syllabi for all HIM courses, and documenting standards.

The next step is a site visit from the commission in 18 months. Following that visit, CAHIIM will determine if USM’s HIM merits approval, with Saint Mary ideally earning accreditation in May of 2014—in time for the first graduating class to sit for their professional exams.

“This is a huge first step for USM,” Dr. Kellogg said. “And, for our students, it means they can become members of the national organization—the American Health Information Management Association—which carries several benefits.

“This says we’re on the right track. Now the work really begins.”

“The HIM program is in excellent hands under the leadership of Dr. Kellogg,” said USM Academic Vice President Dr. Bryan Le Beau. “In addition to being a nationally-known expert in the field of HIM, Dr. Kellogg is a board member and commissioner, as well as former chair of CAHIIM, and we feel confident we will be successful in achieving program accreditation.”

USM’s HIM is a 2+2 program and is designed to help students capitalize on one of the fastest growing career fields in the U.S. HIM professionals master specialized information technology and are the key link between the clinical side and the administrative side in the health care industry. They allow the industry to best utilize important data and move health care forward.

USM’s HIM program was started in response to the growing job demand, and is one of the few such programs offered in the Kansas City area. The first class of students, which started this fall, exceeded enrollment expectations.

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* The HIM Bachelor program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).