Prepare for one of the critical roles in health information management (HIM) at Rowan College at Burlington County.

The HIM field covers various areas that acquire, analyze and protect digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. RCBC offers several HIM programs to help you start your career supporting our healthcare infrastructure.

Medical Billing Specialist Certificate (SPC.MBS)

Prepare to sit for the Certified Professional Biller credential. Medical billing is the process of submitting and following up on claims with health insurance companies in order to receive payment for services rendered by a healthcare provider. 

To learn more about this certificate, click here.

Coding Certificate (SPC.ACO)

Medical Coding is the use of numbers or alphanumeric codes to identify specific health interventions taken by medical professionals. Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations due to its impact on revenues and description of health outcomes. Earning a nationally-recognized coding credential from AHIMA or AAPC demonstrates one’s ability to meet this challenge. 

To learn more about this certificate, click here.

Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT)

Prepare for a critical role in health information technology maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. Graduates of this program work in many settings, including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care provider agencies. 

To learn more about this degree, click here.

Cancer Registry Management Career Certificate (SPC.MCR)

Pair this certificate with your existing technical and clinical knowledge to prepare yourself to become a data management expert who reports cancer statistics for various healthcare agencies. Perfect for healthcare professionals looking to move into a cancer registrar role. 

To learn more about this certificate, click here.

Cancer Registry Management (AAS.MCR)

Prepare to become a data management expert who reports cancer statistics for various healthcare agencies. Registrars work closely with physicians, administrators, researchers and health care planners to provide support for cancer program development, ensure compliance of reporting standards and serve as a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer. 

To learn more about this degree, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to apply to any of the Health Information Management Programs?
The following application deadlines apply to the Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT), Cancer Registry Management (AAS.MCR) degree programs and the Cancer Registry Management Career Certificate (SPC.MCR) certificate:

  • June 1 deadline for fall start – decision date July 1.
  • October 1 deadline for spring start – decision date November 1.

The Coding Certificate (SPC.ACO) and Medical Billing Specialist Certificate (SPC.MBS) programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year.

Should I complete general education courses before I apply to Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT) or Cancer Registry (AAS.MCR) degree programs?

The Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT) and Cancer Registry Management (AAS.MCR) degree programs require the following general education courses to be taken before applying to the degree programs:

  • ENG101 English Composition
  • BIO110 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture
  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • MTH107 Introduction to Statistics

All general education courses must be passed with a “C” grade or better and applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.77 or higher.

What career opportunities are available for health information professionals?
The AHIMA Career Map features in-depth information about the many career options for HIM professionals, and includes updated salary study results, and job data. Click here for more information.

Is a credential required to work in the healthcare industry?
Most employers are looking for individuals who hold a national credential. However, some employers will hire recent graduates and give them a timeframe (typically 1-year) to earn a national credential.

Is it true that some employers give a coding test?
Yes, many employers require that you pass their coding test prior to meeting with the hiring manager. You should be prepared with your own codebooks (ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT) and a medical dictionary.

What do the abbreviations RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, CTR, CPB mean?
AHIMA Credentials.
Click here for additional information.

  • RHIT - Registered Health Information Technician (* 2-year degree)
  • RHIA - Registered Health Information Administrator (* 4-year degree)
  • CCA - Certified Coding Associate
  • CCS - Certified Coding Specialist
  • CCS-P - Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based

* Degree Program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

National Cancer Registrars Association Credentials
Click here for additional information

  • CTR – Certified Tumor Registrar

AAPC Credentials
Click here for additional information

  • CPB – Certified Professional Biller

Is the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT) at RCBC accredited?
Yes, the AAS.HIT program at RCBC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Is the Coding Certificate Program (SPC.ACO) accredited?
 No, the Coding Program is not accredited. However, graduates of the Coding Certificate Program are eligible to take the CCA, CCS or CCS-P credential exam offered through AHIMA. In addition, most of the credits earned in the Coding Certificate Program will transfer to the accredited Associates Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT).

How much does it cost to attend RCBC?
Tuition & fees are based on many factors including in-county, out-of-county, out-of-state and program type.  For details, click here

Note:  any course that has a prefix of HIT, MCR or HIM - refer to the Health Science Tuition and Fees.

Are challenge exams available?
Yes, challenge exams are available for some HIT and MCR courses. The cost to challenge a course for credit is $25 per credit. Arrangements must be coordinated through the HIM Department. Rates are subject to change without notice.

If I completed courses at another school where do I send my transcript(s)?
Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of the Registrar
Rowan College at Burlington County
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Important note:  To be considered official, transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope from the college or university. A transcript is required from the school that you earned the letter grade. Therefore, if you attended multiple schools, an “official” transcript is required from every school that you earned a grade of “C” or higher that you would like evaluated for possible credit.

How do I register for a credential exam?
If you plan to take an AHIMA credential exam (RHIT, CCA, CCS, or CCS-P) visit the AHIMA website for details.  The website includes information about exam registration, eligibility, specifications, allowable books, review guide recommendations and more.

If you plan to take the Certified Tumor Registry (CTR) exam visit the National Cancer Registrars Association website for details.

What books are required to take a credential exam?
See - How do I register for a credential exam?

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) credit for taking relevant HIM courses?
Download AHIMA’s Recertification Guide here, refer to the section titled Qualifying Continue Education Activities and Calculation of CEU’s.

Will you accept a recent background check from another employer?
At this time, background checks required for the HIT Associates Degree and the Cancer Registry Management Degree MUST be completed through Adam Safeguard.

Virtual Information Sessions

Join us for these events to learn all about our Health Information Management programs! 

To schedule a meeting with a health information management representative, email us at HIM@rcbc.edu.

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December 2, 2021 from 6 to 7 pm Webex
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