Berkshire Community College (BCC), will host an Open House for students who are interested in pursuing a Health Information Management Certificate or Degree On November 15, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in G-12 off of the main campus cafeteria.
The Open House will include presentations and a question and answer session with Charlie Kaminski, Dean of Business, Science Math & Technology as well as BCC’s Health Information Management Instructors. Professionals working in the field will also present how this field is growing and the need to employ skilled workers into today’s healthcare field.
There will be an Admissions booth so anyone interested can apply right on the spot.
A Health Information Management Certificate or degree is designed for students with a background in medical coding that look towards expanding their knowledge and skill set to qualify for higher level positions in the Health Information Management field. This program will prepare students to sit for the CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) examination and the certificate is stackable right into the associate’s degree offered at the College. Students should have an interest in the healthcare field, but are not as interested in hands on assistive care.
“We find that students who work in this field often have the opportunity to work from home,” Kaminski said of the program. “They are very interested in the healthcare field and want to learn about anatomy and physiology – but they also have a skillset in computer technology that allows them to find really meaningful work, that pays very well, but doesn’t involve direct care with patients.”
Students also study accounting, computer literacy, economics, and oral and written communications to provide them with the board-base skills needed for a successful career in the growing field of health records management.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Medical billing and coding is a growing field in Massachusetts. The average annual income for medical billers and coders in Massachusetts, at $47,980, is higher than the national average as well, which the BLS shows to be $38,040.
Spring classes begin on January 22.