Purdue University Global Bachelor of Science degree in health information management granted initial accreditation

Joan S. Reed

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Global Bachelor of Science degree in health information management has been granted initial accreditation following a review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

The program, part of the School of Health Sciences, is deemed to be in substantial compliance with the nationally approved standards and guidelines for health information educational programs.

“Earning this accreditation assures that our Bachelor of Science degree in health information management is providing quality health information management education and preparing competent professionals to meet the needs of the workforce,” said Keith Smith, Purdue Global vice president and dean for the School of Health Sciences. “This accreditation was achieved as a result of a team effort spearheaded by Assistant Dean Nancy Szwydek and program chair Kristyn Rodvill. We congratulate them for their hard work and dedication.”

Upon graduation, Purdue Global health information management students now are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination, given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Graduates who were enrolled in the program while it was in accreditation candidacy status (beginning Jan. 14, 2019) also are eligible for the RHIA exam.

Additionally, the Medical Billing and Coding program, also part of the School of Health Sciences, has been reapproved as a comprehensive coding program and achieved the Professional Certificate Approval Program designation through AHIMA.

“Students can be assured they are meeting industry-related competencies and rigorous standards important for seeking employment in their chosen field,” Smith said.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

Media Contact: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, [email protected]

Sources: Keith Smith

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