May 16, 2016

Financial Aid now available for students applying to Bachelor’s Degree at Mesa College

Applications for Fall 2016 upper division classes open through May

By Office of Communications

allied health

Workers in the field of health information looking to get higher paying jobs just got more good news. Not only can they complete a four-year degree at San Diego Mesa College at a fraction of what it costs at private institutions, but they can begin college this fall as juniors, and they can also apply for financial aid. This thanks to the Department of Education, which approved the college’s application for eligibility and certification last week.

32 spots are currently open to students who qualify to enter the program as juniors, and they will be among the first to graduate with a four year degree in Health Information Management in 2018.

Applications for the program will be accepted through May 31.

Classes will be held in a hybrid format, with both in-class and online instruction. Fall classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mesa College Allied Health Education and Training Facility on the college’s Kearny Mesa campus. Upper division courses for California residents are $130 per unit.

“It’s an exciting time on the Mesa,” noted Dr. Pamela T. Luster, president. “This is a historic first opportunity for interested students to receive a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management at a public educational institution in the state of California.”

To be considered for admission, applicants must already have received a Registered Health Information Technician RHIT certification and must complete an application packet available at  Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2016.

The HIM degree will enable those currently working in the field to advance into management positions. Graduates obtaining their RHIA certification are qualified to be a Health Information Department Manager or Director, a Coding Manager, a Healthcare Systems Manager, a Data Analyst, a Quality or Compliance Coordinator, or a College/University Professor of Health Information Technology or Health Information Management.

Mesa College is the first community college in the state of California to offer upper division classes that lead to a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification. In January 2015, Mesa College was one of 15 California community colleges selected to offer a bachelor’s degree as part of the state’s Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program. It enrolled its first freshman cohort in fall 2015.

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