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Health Information Management Program

Health care costs and the necessity to enhance the management of health care delivery systems have created an explosion in the demand for health care information specialists – people with the knowledge and skills necessary to process, analyze, and distribute health care information in diverse practice environments. By studying health information, students will 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.

UAS Sitka’s 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 A.A.S. degree. 

The Health Information Management (HIM) Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) at UAS is the only Alaska program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information

  • Knowledge skills and abilities fundamental to the HIM profession 
  • Critical thinking and communication skills
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional and legal standards of conduct for the HIM environment
  • For the period of August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021, the program had a 75% pass rate for the RHIT examination.
  • Three of the seven graduates surveyed for 2020/2021 reporting year were highly satisfied with the overall HIM AAS degree program. One survey was incomplete and 3 students did not respond to the survey.
    • Surveys for 2021/2022 will be sent in June 2022.
  • There are 45 students enrolled in the HIM program for 2021. There were 51 students in the program in 2020.
    • Four students are pending admission for the spring semester as of 09/13/2021.
  • Five students graduated from the HIM program in 2020; this is a rate of 9.8% of our HIM students using 2020 enrollment numbers.
  • UAS had five students graduate from the AAS-HIM Program in 2020 three students have full time jobs in the medical field, two students are continuing their education. The percentage of graduates that have gained employment is 100% (3/3).
    • This statistic will be updated for 2021 after the fall semester.
  • The typical HIM student at UAS is part-time and takes longer than 2 years to complete the AAS.

HIM Program Mission Statement

The HIM Program at UAS provides students with knowledge, skills and ability to prepare to enter the HIM profession. The HIM Program at UAS will provide a high quality education in health information management and technologies while encouraging lifelong learning and ethical behavior. The HIM Program will meet the standards established by AHIMA at the associate degree level.

Program Degrees

Health Information Management Program

All courses are available online so access to a computer and high speed internet is required. Some courses require professional experience or internships at an approved facility.

Applicants should be aware that professional practices are part of HIM courses, and that transportation to various health agencies for these experiences is the responsibility of the student.

HIM students will need a current student membership in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Health Information Management Program

Our Student Success advisors are on hand to help you find and apply for available scholarships and grants. Please refer to our Financial Support section for an overview of your options.

HIM Program Changes - Effective Fall 2020

Information on UAS HIM Program Update - Curriculum Changes

Be sure to contact an HIM or Student Success Advisor for help with your degree planning:

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