CCBC and Coppin State University sign Articulation Agreement leading to a CSU Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management

Oct 15, 2015

Careers in Health Information Technology have some of the fastest growing job outlooks in the country—22-23% increase is predicted over the next ten years. According to the US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook*, the current (2012) median income for medical records and health information technicians with an associate degree and/or professional certification is $34,160/year. Add a bachelor’s degree or higher in Health Information Management to the mix and the median salary for Medical and Health Service Managers jumps to $88,580/year!

To help students qualify for these lucrative professional positions, the Community College of Baltimore County and Coppin State University recently signed an articulation agreement that allows CCBC students pursuing an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in Health Informatics and Information Technology to transfer up to 70 credits toward the fulfillment of Coppin’s Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. All course credits with a grade of “C” or better and delineated in the articulation agreement are transferable and students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to transfer.

According to Irby Hunter, MD, RHIA, MHA, CPC, program director for HIIT at CCBC, “This agreement opens the door to today’s healthcare environment and prepares our HIIT (Health Informatics/Information Technology) students for entry-level positions that have long-term professional and income growth potential. While CCBC’s program focuses on information technology providing a strong background in systems management, Coppin’s focus on Health information Management offering the perfect complement of business and management courses for our students.”

“This agreement with Coppin State University exemplifies CCBC’s goal to ensure that our graduates can transfer into strong programs at four-year colleges and universities that will impact their lives and future earning potential in a major and positive way,” notes CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis.

Another important aspect of this new agreement is the potential eligibility of CCBC students who complete their AAS in Health Informatics and Information Technology to receive academic scholarship assistance from Coppin. Scholarships available include (but are not limited to) the Talon Transfer Merit Award ($3,000/year; up to 4 semesters), the Gold Transfer Merit Award ($2,000/year; up to 4 semesters) and the Blue Transfer ($1,000/year; renewable up to 6 semesters). According to Coppin State University President Maria Thompson, “We recognize the need for financial and scholarship assistance for many of our transfer students. This agreement highlights our shared priority of access, affordability and student success. Careers in fields like Health Information Management provide an important pathway for our students to reach their full potential and become competitive in the marketplace.”

Students interested in the Health Informatics/Information Technology degree program at CCBC should visit the CCBC website at www.ccbcmd.edu and enter Health Informatics/Information Technology the program search box or call 443-840-2222 (CCBC) to speak with an advisor.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited August 02, 2015).