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UAS reaccredited for AAS-Health Information Management program

UAS' HIM program is the only Alaska program accredited by CAHIIM

Sitka, Alaska

Date of Press Release: October 28, 2021

Terissia Bell, Program Director for UAS Health Information Management
Terissia Bell, Program Director for UAS Health Information Management

The UAS Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management Program (AAS-HIM) was successfully reaccredited on Friday, October 22. The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) found that the program met all 26 standards with no need for corrections. There are 362 CAHIIM accredited programs and only 2% of these programs pass with this distinction. The UAS AAS-HIM Program is one of seven programs that has received this result, and is the only Alaska program accredited by CAHIIM.

During the accreditation process, the accreditors assessed the HIM Program by reviewing self-assessments and other documentation such as course proposals, course syllabi, and course assessments used to indicate subject mastery. They also interviewed the HIM Program Director, program faculty, administrators, advisory board members and program students.

Sitka Campus Director Paul Kraft stated, “I’m pleased with the results of the review but not entirely shocked. The exceptional work that is accomplished by the faculty in this program shows our commitment to serving students as our highest priority. It is a credit to our full time, and part time faculty, our health care partners and the staff that support this program. It takes an entire team to produce these results.”

By studying health information, students acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals.

Based at the UAS Sitka Campus, the Health Information Management program prepares students for a fast-paced, high-paying, in-demand field. A career as a health information professional offers the chance to blend an interest in medicine with the multifaceted information management challenges of tomorrow. UAS Sitka provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in health information technology, coding, or privacy and security. Courses taken for earning an occupational endorsement or certificate are applicable to the AAS degree.

Learn more about the UAS AAS-HIM program by visiting our website or by speaking to an advisor at 907-747-7707.

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Keni Campbell, Public Information Officer
University of Alaska Southeast
(907) 796-6509