HIM Education and Careers

 

FHIMA Scholarship  
Outstanding Profession Practice Experience Site Award  
Students - Great Opportunity to Assist at FHIMA 2014 Convention  
Careers in HIM  
The Value of an AHIMA Credential  

RHIA and RHIT Exam Fee Partial Reimbursement Program

 
FHIMA Resources for Bringing the HIM Profession to Middle and High Schools  
ARRA Funded HIM’s HITECH workforce Development Training Program  
FHIMA Mentorship Program  
Health Information Technology Programs    
Health Information Administration Programs    
Coding Certificate Programs    
Student Toolkit    

Careers in HIM

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.

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What is Health Information Management
 

HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.

 
Growth and Income
 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HIM professionals is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2008. On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await HIM graduates. More than half of new HIM graduates with a bachelor's degree start with salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. Five years out, many are earning $50,000 to $75,000. New HIM graduates with an associate's degree can earn $20,000 to $30,000 annually.

 
How to Get Started on Your HIM Career
 

Education:

You need to complete either an associate's or bachelor's degree in HIM from an accredited institution. The list below identifies the accredited HIT and HIA programs in Florida. These programs are accredited by the Commission of the Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).



Learn more about the AHIMA Foundation and apply for an AHIMA Foundation scholarship


Students - Great Opportunity to Assist at FHIMA 2014 Convention

FHIMA announces an exciting opportunity for HIM students! We will be
selecting up to four students to serve as “FHIMA Student Assistants” at the
2014 FHIMA Annual Convention.

Click here for application and information. Selected students will be notified in early May!


Outstanding Profession Practice Experience Site Award

FHIMA Announces a NEW Recognition Award – Outstanding Profession Practice Experience Site Award!

FHIMA would like to recognize health care facilities that have committed to the future of the HIM Profession by accepting HIM program students for professional practice experiences (PPE).  We are encouraging Florida HIM Programs to nominate a health care facility that has demonstrated this commitment by offering students quality professional practice experiences.

Below are the criteria for selecting an outstanding health care facility for the PPE Site of Excellence Award. 

Criteria for FHIMA PPE Site Award:

  • Nomination must be made by a CAHIIM accredited school (RHIT or RHIA program) in Florida. 
    PPE Site must be in Florida.
    Nomination letter from the CAHIIM accredited school must be thorough and describe types of experiences/projects provided by PPE Site that makes it “outstanding.”

  • PPE Site must routinely complete evaluation forms on students and review the evaluation form with the student to close the loop on the learning process.

  • PPE Site must have taken at least one student in each of the last 3 years (provide the number of students in each of the last 3 years).  Students can be taken in different areas of the facility for this requirement (not all students must be in coding for example).

  • PPE Site must have at least one representative on a local (Florida) CAHIIM accredited school advisory committee in the current and past school year (2 years).

  • PPE Site must have at least one BTG mentor for FHIMA in the current and past school year (how many in each of the last 2 years), provide names for verification. 

  • Student testimonial(s) – up to three allowed.

Click here to nominate a healthcare facility for the Outstanding Profession Practice Experience Site Award.

Submissions and supporting material due to FHIMA on May 24, 2014.


FHIMA Resources for Bringing the HIM Profession to Middle and High Schools

Have you been asked to participate in a local “Teach In” or career fair event at a local middle or high school near you? Here is a ready-made, ready-to-go presentation that you can use or customize for your audience! We need to get the word out about our profession and participating in a “Teach In” or career fair event is the perfect opportunity. The “Teach In” event is a nation-wide event for schools is typically held in November, however you can use this anytime at any event to educate students about HIM careers!

FHIMA PowerPoint for bringing the HIM Profession to Middle and High Schools

Printable brochure about the HIM Profession and the Florida Health Information Management Association


FHIMA Mentorship Program

The FHIMA Mentorship Program promotes communication and professional relationships between students, who are currently in a CAHIIM approved HIA or HIT program in the state of Florida, and mentors who are experienced, energetic and committed HIM professionals willing to contribute to the future excellence of the HIM profession. Mentors share their experiences, offer advice and encouragement, answer questions and act as leaders/advisors to the student in which they are assigned.

Please note that this is not an internship program for students!

Learn more and apply online!


NOTE:  This is a listing of ACCREDITED programs that have been accredited through AHIMA. Only those programs accredited through AHIMA are listed. We do not list schools/programs that are not accredited through AHIMA.

CAHIIM accreditation is the ONLY accreditation that is acceptable if you want to earn AHIMA credentials of RHIA or RHIT. You will NOT be able to sit for the RHIA, RHIT exams if the school’s HIM or HIT program is not CAHIIM accredited. It is very important that when researching schools, you make sure they are CAHIIM accredited! Many HIM schools/programs will tell you they are accredited, when they are actually accredited by some other accrediting organization other than CAHIIM. These other accreditations will do you no good! You need to make sure they have the CAHIIM accreditation BEFORE applying or enrolling! Contact CAHIIM at www.cahiim.org for any questions and to check to see if your program is
CAHIIM accredited!

For Master's Level Programs in Health Information, see www.ahima.org under "Schools/Programs" for Accredited Programs.

For all AHIMA Accredited Programs for all levels, please go to www.ahima.org under "Schools/Programs."

Health Information Technology Programs

Broward Community College
Health Information Management Program
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33066
(954) 201-2084
Dana Bryant, RHIA
dbryant1@broward.edu

College of Central Florida
Health Information Management Program
3001 SE College Road
Ocala, FL 34474
(352) 854-2322 Ext. 4-1
Suzanne B. Garrett, MSA, RHIA
garretts@cf.edu

College of Business and Technology - Cutler Bay Campus
19151 South Dixie HWY
Cutler Bay, FL 33157
(305) 273-4499 Ext. 100
David Lugo, MBA, RHIA
david@cbt.edu

Daytona State College
Health Information Management Program
1200 International Speedway Blvd West
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Geraldine Rimstidt, (Acting Director)
(386) 506-3823
rimstig@daytonastate.edu

Florida Southwestern State College
8099 College Pkwy.
A-112
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Deborah Howard, MA, RHIA, CCS
(239) 489-9419
dhoward3@edison.edu 

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Health Information Management Program
North Campus-HIM Program
4501 Capper Road - North Campus
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Eudelia Thomas, MS, RHIA
(904) 766-6749
ethomas@fscj.edu

Hodges University
Health Information Management Program
4501 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Linda Coutts, RHIA
(239) 938-7797
lcoutts@hodges.edu

Indian River State College
Health Information Management Program
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5599
DeVonica Vaught, RHIA
(561) 462-7535
dvaught@irsc.edu

Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale
1500 NW 49th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Odalys Martinez, MSMIS, RHIA
(954) 776-4456
omartinez@keiseruniversity.edu

Lake-Sumter State College
Health Information Management Program
9501 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL  34788-9751
Brandy Ziesemer, MA, RHIA, CCS
(352) 435-6414
ziesemeb@lssc.edu

Miami Dade College

Health Information Management Program
Medical Center Campus
950 NW 20th Street, Room 2241
Miami, FL 33127-4693
Mary Worsley, MS, RHIA
(305) 237-4156
mworsley@mdc.edu

Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave MS60
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Julia Steff, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
(561) 868-3902
steffj@palmbeachstate.edu

Pensacola State College
HIM Program - Warrington Campus
5555 W. Highway 98
Pensacola, FL 32507
Donna Shumway, M.Ed., RHIA
(850) 484-2213
dshumway@pensacolastate.edu

Saint Johns River State College
Health Information Management Program - Associate Degree
2990 College Drive
St Augustine, Florida 32084
Brandy V. Gustavus, MSCPM, RHIA, CMC
Phone: (904) 808-7454
Fax: (904) 808-7470
brandygustavus@sjrstate.edu 

Saint Petersburg College
Health Information Management Program
PO Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Sheila Newberry, RHIT, MED
(727) 341-3623
newberry.sheila@spcollege.edu

Santa Fe College
Health Information Management 
3000 Northwest 83rd St., Bldg C-Room 002
Gainesville, FL 32606
Julie Shay, RHIA
(352) 395-5024
julie.shay@sfcollege.edu  

Seminole State College of Florida
850 S. State Rd 434
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Mary Lou Hilbert
(407) 404-6044
hilbertm@seminolestate.edu

Southern Technical College – Fort Myers
1685 Medical Lane
Fort Myers, 33907
Victoria Jennings, RHIA, CCS
(239) 939-4766
vjennings@southerntech.edu


Health Information Administration Programs

Florida A&M University
Division of Health Information Management
324 Lewis-Beck Allied Health Building
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
(850) 561-2021
marjorie.mcneill@famu.edu

Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale Baccalaureate
1500 N.W. 49th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3309
Degree Awarded: Accredited Baccalaureate HIM Program
Odalys Martinez, MSMIS, RHIA
(956) 776.4456
omartinez@keiseruniversity.edu

University of Central Florida
Health Information Management Program
P.O. Box 162200
Orlando, FL 32816
Alice Noblin, PhD, RHIA, CCS
(407) 823-2359
anoblin@mail.ucf.edu


Coding Certificate Programs

Miami Dade College Medical Campus
950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127-4693
Christine Dundas, RHIT, CCS, MLIS
(305)237-4265
cdundas@mdc.edu

Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Julie Sheff, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
(561) 868-3902
Steffj@palmbeachstate.edu

Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street
Building C, Room 102
Gainesville, FL 32606
Julie Shay, RHIA
(352) 395-5024
Julie.shay@sfcollege.edu

Seminole State College of Florida – Altamonte
850 South SR 434
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Mary Lou Hilbert
(407) 404-6044
hilbertm@seminolestate.edu


Student Tool Kit

Are you interested in a career in the HIM profession? Are you already a
student in an HIM program? Check out this Student Took Kit! You will find
information and resources about our amazing profession. Preparing yourself
for a career is all about transforming your dream into a practical career
plan that makes the dream possible.

The Student Tool kit will show you the steps to take, advise you on the
decisions to make, and direct you to the resources to enable you to move
from dreaming to planning.

It is an exciting time in the Health Information Technology & Health
Information Management Industry!

  Download Student Tool Kit