The Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) program at MCC prepares students for a career in medical billing and office management in public or private health organizations.
Successful HIMS graduates possess the skills necessary to manage staff and/or systems used in a healthcare environment to collect, store and communicate data that is used for the planning, delivery, reimbursement, protection and evaluation of patient care. HIMS professionals can analyze and simplify healthcare information to streamline the billing process.
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The MCC Health Information Management Systems program is ideal for students with an interest in healthcare and information technology.
Carol Widman, B.S., CPPM, program director/instructor
Jan Hess, M.S. Ed., RHIT, RHDS, RHIA, instructor
Dawn Goodsell, RHIA, instructor
Kristine Palmer, CDA, BAS, AAS, instructor
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If you have questions regarding the program, please contact the program director at the email provided above or at 531-622-3016. If you are ready to get started with program requirements or the application process, please call 531-622-2400 to schedule your advising appointment with a Success Navigator or Academic Advisor. You can also use this link to help navigate your next steps: https://www.mccneb.edu/Prospective-Students
The HIMS program is affiliated with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The full-time medical coding and billing instructor, as well as one of the adjunct instructors, are certified to teach the certified professional coder (CPC) review and administer the national certification examination.
Upon successful completion of the required courses in the Medical Coding and Billing associate degree program, students will complete HIMS 2910 CPC exam preparatory class. This course prepares students for the certification exam for Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Students will take the CPC exam as part of the Medical Coding and Billing degree program.
After receiving CPC certification, there are additional specialized credentials in the coding arena that facilitate career advancement.
- REQUIREMENTS FOR HIMS PROGRAM
- Students will be required to earn a C or better in each course.
Courses in either the hybrid or online setting require internet access. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for access. Students who do not have access at home can use computers with internet access, connectivity to Canvas, and other resources at each MCC campus. Students unable to come to an MCC campus should plan ahead to visit a local library or other facility that has access.
- Students complete internships at the end of each of the associate degree programs in the HIMS field. Many of these students are offered permanent career positions by the internship sites at graduation. As part of this internship, a criminal background check will be completed. A drug screening may be required by the internship site.
NOTE: For accommodations concerning the enrollment process for this program, please contact our Disability Support Services.