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January 2005 Issue

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Allied Health Tackles Health Information

Published January 2005

This month, the College of Allied Health Sciences begins a distance learning baccalaureate program in health information management. The new curriculum will focus on industry trends to prepare a practitioner to meet the demands of today's marketplace.

Students are required to take 10 credits per quarter for nine quarters--completing the program in just over two years.

The health information management industry is growing rapidly--bolstered considerably by the advent of electronic medical records. Health information management joins together the health care and IT worlds. In addition, recent and ongoing legislative efforts, primarily centered on HIPAA regulations, are highlighting the importance of health information management and increasing the visibility of these professionals.

The profession is expected to grow approximately 4 percent annually through 2012, greater than the national average job growth rate.


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