San Diego, CA. – The final deadline to apply to the Mesa College Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management is fast approaching next week on Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.  Interested students and working professionals are highly encouraged to apply.

“It’s an exciting time for Mesa,” noted Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President. “This is an excellent opportunity for interested students to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management at a public educational institution in the state of California for a fraction of the cost of other institutions.”

San Diego Mesa College is heading into the second year of providing a four-year degree. The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management Program provides accessible, high-quality industry-approved instruction designed to prepare students to work at a management level in a variety of healthcare settings including acute and subacute hospital, outpatient clinics, government health agencies, and electronic health records industry vendors. Current and returning students can enter the Program as juniors, and can also apply for financial aid. With this degree, workers in the field of health information are eligible for high level careers.

Classes will be held in a hybrid format, with both in-class and online instruction. Classes are at the Mesa College Allied Health Education and Training Facility. Upper division courses for California residents are $130 per unit. To be considered for admission, applicants must complete an application packet available at http://www.sdmesa.edu/academics/bachelors-degree.

The HIM degree will enable those currently working in the field to advance into highly sought management positions. Graduates obtaining their RHIA certification are qualified to be a Health Information Department Manager or Director, a Coding Manager, a Healthcare Systems Manager, a Data Analyst, a Quality or Compliance Coordinator, or a College/University Professor of Health Information Technology or Health Information Management.

Mesa College is the first community college in the state of California to offer upper division classes that lead to a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification. In January 2015, Mesa College was one of 15 California community colleges selected to offer a bachelor’s degree as part of the state’s Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program. It enrolled its first freshman cohort in fall 2015. For more information or questions about the Program, contact Connie Renda, Program Director/Assistant Professor, at crenda@sdccd.edu or 619-388-2606.

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