School and Ranking Information
There are about five schools in Columbus, Ohio, that offer health information technology programs. The top three schools are ranked below based on national rankings, number of degrees awarded and program options.
- Winner: Ohio State University is the winner, given its strong national ranking from U.S. News and World Report and its high graduation rate. It offers a bachelor's degree program.
- Runner-Up #1: Columbus State Community College is the 1st runner-up, and it awarded the most degrees in the field from 2011-2012. It offers certificate and associate's programs.
- Runner-Up #2: Franklin University, which offers online and bachelor degree-completion programs, is the 2nd runner-up.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Ohio State University||Columbus State Community College||Franklin University|
|Ranking||52nd best national university in 2014**||N/A||N/A|
|Location||Columbus, OH||Columbus, OH||Columbus, OH|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, private not for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$10,037 (undergraduate, in-state),
$25,445 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
| $3,400 (undergraduate, in-state),
$6,800 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
|Health Information Technology Programs Offered||Bachelor's||<1-year certificate, associate's||Bachelor's|
|Health Information Technology Degrees Awarded (All Levels)in 2011-2012||27*||297*||5*|
|Most Popular Health Information Technology Program in 2011-2012||Bachelor's (27 awarded)*||<1-year certificate (274 awarded)*||Bachelor's (5 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||82% (2006)*||9% (2009)*||12% (2006)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News and World Report.
Winner: Ohio State University
- Health information management program at Ohio State University holds an accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- The NCES reports the student-to-teacher ratio was 19:1 in 2012
- Program is usually completed in 8 semesters
- Coursework prepares students to enter graduate programs in medicine, physical therapy and a variety of other fields
The health information management program at Ohio State University prepares students to take the national certification exam to become Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA). Before entering the program, students must complete prerequisite courses and attend a major information session (MIS). Once admitted to the health information management program, students will study reimbursement systems, fundamentals of health information management and database administration. Graduates of this program may pursue careers as department directors, systems coordinators or privacy officers. Employment opportunities include hospitals, physicians' offices and home health agencies.
Runner-Up #1: Columbus State Community College
- Offers an associate's degree program and many certificate options
- Hybrid online and on-campus program
- The NCES reports the student-to-teacher ratio was 20:1 in 2012
- Associate's degree program requires 69 credit hours
Columbus State Community College offers an associate's degree in health information management technology. To be admitted to the associate's degree program, students must take the COMPASS test, complete prerequisite courses with a 'C' grade or better and pass a drug screening and background check. This program is designed for students to start in the autumn quarter. If the program is started during a different quarter, it will take more than 6 quarters to complete. Courses of study include health statistics, human anatomy and pharmacology. This program is web-based, with students only needing to attend campus for proctored exams and class meetings. Throughout the course of the program, students will participate in professional practice experiences in local healthcare facilities.
Runner-Up #2: Franklin University
- This is a degree-completion program
- Program is offered in an online format only
- The NCES reports the student-to-teacher ratio was 13:1 in 2012
- Program is not accredited by the CAHIIM, so students won't be eligible to take the AHIMA certification exam
Franklin University offers a bachelor's degree-completion program for students who already hold an associate's degree in health information management. Students who complete 6 prerequisite courses will also be eligible to enter the program. If either the associate's degree or prerequisite coursework was completed more than 5 years ago, students will be required to submit a resume with their application. Once admitted to the program, students will study healthcare management, information security and privacy and healthcare database administration. Possible career choices include clinical coder, health information management project manager and data quality manager.