Health Information Management
The mission of the B.S. in Health Information Management program is to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills to prepare for careers as Health Information Managers, who are members of health care teams and are responsible for management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements. Career opportunities in health information now extend well beyond the health information department and the acute care facility. Professionals with technical expertise, problem solving skills, knowledge of clinical medicine and superior communication skills are needed to ensure quality health care documentation, protect patient confidentiality, and develop and maintain the electronic health record. The need for accurate and up-to-date health records is not confined to health care facilities. These professionals are employed by managed care organizations, insurance companies, law firms, physician offices, consulting firms, software companies and the pharmaceutical industry. For those interested in the more traditional role, health information professionals continue to be employed as department managers in hospital centers. In this position, the major areas of responsibility include: determining health information policies, planning, budgeting, acting as a liaison with other departments, evaluating employee performance, educating departmental staff, medical staff and ancillary departments to assure quality information, and serving on important committees such as quality management and utilization review.
B.S. in Health Information Management
This is a joint degree program with Rutgers University's School of Health Related Professions. Upon successful completion of the coursework at Georgian Court University and Rutgers University, the student is awarded the B.S. in Health Information Management degree jointly. Rutgers’ Health Information Management Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education Programs (CAHIIM). Upon completion of course requirements, the graduate is eligible to apply to write the national registry exam. A passing grade on the examination establishes the graduate as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).
During the first two years of study, the student completes Georgian Court University general education, graduation requirements, and prerequisite courses for Rutgers University. Georgian Court University courses required as prerequisites for the Rutgers portion of the program include English composition, anatomy and physiology, statistics, college algebra, accounting, management theory, and 4-6 credits of computer science courses. Students must earn at least a “C” in each of the prerequisite courses and have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 to be eligible for admission to Rutgers (requirements subject to change). In the fall of the sophomore year, or by the deadline specified by Rutgers, the student applies to the Rutgers' School of Health Related Professions B.S. in Health Information Management program. Admission is competitive and is not guaranteed. Students admitted to Rutgers spend the fall and spring semesters of the junior and senior year taking health information management courses at Rutgers’ School of Health Related Professions campus in Newark. The courses in the Rutgers part of the program will be online by fall 2015. For more information about this specific program, visit http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/informatics/HIM/index.html. For more information about the career in general, visit http://www.hicareers.com .
Dr. Michael Gross, Program Advisor
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