MA, RHIA, CHDA
Program Director/Assistant Professor
Health Information Technology
Health Information Management
Dean of Health Sciences and Public Service
San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr.
San Diego, CA 92111
frequently asked questions
To assist you with your planning and to gain information related to the admission
process, information sessions are offered at Mesa in Building S, the Allied Health
Building. Check the website (www.sdmesa.edu) for dates and locations. RSVP’s are
not required for attendance at the one-hour orientation session. Please check the
website just prior to attendance for any scheduling changes that may occur.
Other helpful websites include:
RHIT certification is recommended but not required. Please note, this is a change from 2016.
Students must complete California state requirements for General Education. These do not need to be completed prior to entering the HIMS program but they do need to complete all coursework within the 2 year program. Once transcripts are evaluated, a counselor will assist you in planning for any additional classes you may need to graduate.
Submit a complete application packet with appropriate documentation to the Dean of Health Sciences and Public Service. The application must be received in the Dean’s office. See the Application Instructions page for full details.
The program admits up to 32 students. Completion of all designated prerequisites does not guarantee admission. See the Application Instructions page for full details.
Students with complete applications will be placed on a “qualified applicants” list. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The program admits up to 32 students. Completion of all designated prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
All "qualified applicants" will have their application packet evaluated using a scoring
rubric. The top candidates will be sent an invitation to interview.
See the Application Instructions page for full details.
All applicants are responsible for maintaining a current e-mail address on file with the college so as to be able to receive requests for confirmation of continued interest in admission into the program. The applicant must return each such notice by the stipulated date to maintain the admission status.
All coursework must be completed at colleges accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies in order to qualify – see below. Make an appointment with a counselor (619-388-2672) so that they can submit a request to have your transcripts evaluated by our District office. You may also refer to a college catalog.
No. This is a cohort model and all students must take all classes, on the times and dates they are offered, in order, no exceptions.
This program is not currently accredited since it is a new program. We will be applying for accreditation and have followed the CAHIIM guidelines in developing the curriculum to be taught in this program. We expect to be fully accredited for the first graduates in 2018. Once a program is accredited, students may challenge the national certification exam, Registered Health Information Associate (RHIA).
For California residents, the lower division courses numbered 0-300 are $46 per unit and the upper division courses numbered 400 and above are $130 per unit. Non-resident tuition costs for lower division courses numbered 0-300 are $193 per unit. Non-resident tuition costs for upper division courses numbered 400 and above are $277 per unit. For complete details of all applicable fees see COST OF ATTENDANCE
While in the program, the student will be required to complete and pay for a physical exam, TB skin test (or equivalent), required immunizations, a background check/drug screening required by the clinical sites and additional clinic-specific requirements to begin clinical experiences. A reliable means of transportation is necessary while in the program. In addition to the cost of textbooks, there is a fee for use of educational software used in some of the coursework.