KC’s Health Information Technology Program Receives Accreditation


Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce that its Health Information Technology (HIT) program has received official accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Informatics and Management Education. Information (CAHIIM), the accrediting body for degree programs in health informatics and information management.

CAHIIM accreditation is a voluntary process to ensure that students receive relevant and up-to-date training that gives them the best qualifications and allows them to excel in their careers. The program is constantly reviewed to give students a competitive edge in the job market. Graduates of KC’s HIT program are now eligible for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification, a key certification for career advancement.

KC’s efforts were led by Assistant Professor of Health Information Technology (HIT) Kristina Rickhoff and Professor of Office Systems Technology Nathan Wilkins. Rickhoff says the accreditation process was demanding but worth it. “It gave us the opportunity to build a strong and sustainable program to help our students become nationally recognized health information technicians. I couldn’t be happier with the support from administration, faculty, staff, students, and the public to help us achieve this monumental achievement.

KC President George Evans thanked Rickhoff and Wilkins for their efforts. “Having successfully completed the accreditation process recognizes the hard work of the college faculty and administration. Our quest for accreditation is driven by our desire to ensure that we provide the best possible education, one that meets the standards of a national accrediting agency such as CAHIIM. I am very grateful for the hard work of professors Rickhoff and Wilkins.

An Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology from Kaskaskia College opens the door to many areas of the healthcare industry, including management, medical coding, consulting, patient privacy and information security. KC’s program is unique because it is taught entirely online, providing students with a flexible and innovative curriculum with the resources available to ensure students achieve their goals. Recently, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job prospects in medical registrars, medical records specialists, and health information technologists are among the fastest growing job sectors. faster.

CAHIIM is an independent accrediting body whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality accreditation standards for educational programs in health informatics and health information management ( HIM). When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the standards set by the board of directors.

To learn more about KC’s HIT program, please contact Kristina Rickhoff, Assistant Professor of Health Information Technology (HIT), at 618-545-3318 or [email protected]


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