Claremont Graduate University's Health Information Management Program Receives CAHIIM Approval

CAHIIM is the accrediting commission established in 2004 by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), designed to identify and maintain minimal education standards for health informatics and health information management programs.

Claremont, CA, May 30, 2009 --( “CAHIIM is just like WASC, AACSB or any other accrediting body,” said Matt Hutter, Director of External Affairs for SISAT. “This approval provides a great deal of legitimacy to the program that we’ve developed and we are very proud to be one of only six MA programs in the nation to hold this distinction.”

Approval is the first step towards program accreditation. To date, there are no accredited master’s degree programs in HIM, though site visits are set to begin this summer.

“Having CAHIIM approval in HIM is similar to holding AACSB accreditation for MBA programs,” Hutter explained. “It is something that indicates a standard of quality, relevance, and academic rigor. It is also something employers and prospective students inquire about.”

The HIM program was launched in 2007, and was recognized by AHIMA early on as a model program. “As the development and adoption of health IT continues to emerge as a nationally-significant topic, CGU SISAT is honored to be recognized as an educational leader in this area,” Hutter said.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.

About the School of Information Systems and Technology
Based at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California, SISAT is one of the top programs to offer a masters or PhD in information systems, health information management and more.

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