Pre-Health Information Management Certificate

Certificate

About the Program

Midlands Technical College currently offers an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Health Information Management (HIM) and a Certificate in Health Sciences in Medical Record Coder (MRC).

As a two-phase associate degree program, the HIM Degree Program requires general education instruction to be completed prior to the professional education and clinical experience component of the curriculum, with the award of a certificate in Pre-Health Information Management (Pre-HIM).  This format allows for a more prepared student to enter the HIM classroom, as well as the clinical sites. Information about the Pre-HIM certificate and the HIM Degree are found immediately following this introduction.

For information on completing Phase II to earn the Health Information Management Associate Degree, click here

As a one year certificate program, the Medical Record Coder (MRC) program offers a full-time, three semester, intense concentration in medical coding. Information about the MRC certificate is found under the Medical Record Coder heading farther into the Health Sciences section of this catalog.

Students must complete all Pre-HIM curriculum courses with a “C” or better within the time frame specified by the Health Science Department and may repeat no more than two courses. No course may be repeated more than once.

Movement into the second phase (HIM degree) is achieved by successful completion of the Pre-Health Information Management certificate with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

General education courses for students in the Health Sciences and Nursing Pre-Programs Certificates are available for students in classrooms and laboratories on both the Airport and Beltline Campuses. Allied Health Science courses with a laboratory component are taught only on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building and Lexington Hall. There are no required externships/internships for this program.

Special Requirements

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria for entry into the Pre-Health Information Management program include:

Preapplication Considerations

  • High school graduation or equivalent required.
  • High school credits in mathematics, science and English (e.g., algebra, biology, English) rec- ommended.
  • Keyboarding skill development recommended.

Acceptable Eligibility Criteria

  • TEAS V (September 2014-present): 60 total percent (minimum reading 70 percent, mathemat- ics 68 percent and science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • HOBET V (May 2012-September 2014): 60 total percent (minimum reading 70 percent, mathemat- ics 68 percent and science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • HOBET (May 2011-May 2012): 50 composite percent (minimum reading 50 percent, mathematics 50 percent and algebra 40 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • SAT 990 (minimum critical reading 475, minimum mathematics 515) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • ACT 19 (minimum verbal 17 and minimum mathematics 23) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; or
  • Associate degree or higher.

Admissions Criteria

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Submission of a current resume and questionnaire
  • Successful interview

Students will be expected to join the HIM professional organization, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as they begin their professional coursework (HIM 103).

Students must complete all courses with a “C” or better within the timeframe specified by the Health Science Department and may repeat no more than two technology courses. Advancement to the HIM Degree Program (Phase II) is achieved by successful completion of the Pre-Health Information Management Certificate with at least a 2.5 GPA.

 

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