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April 01, 2013

MVC Now Offers Health Information Systems Associates Degree

Missouri Valley College, a private, coeducational, career-oriented, liberal arts college with growing national and international outreach, a destination for students from all fifty states and forty foreign countries, has will soon offer health information systems associates degree.

Speaking about the new degree, Sharon Weiser, Missouri Valley College vice president of academic affairs, said MVC would offer an associate of applied science in health information systems beginning in the fall 2013 semester.

The new program enables students to pick combination of computer information systems and basic medical information and health care administration courses. The officials at the college said that the HIS degree program is a mixture of flexible learning schedules suitable for all types of students; traditional, non-traditional and returning learners.

"Those with a dual interest in computers and medical sciences have a perfect career choice in health information technology," said Karla Bruntzel, dean of the school of nursing and health sciences. "The timing for such a choice could not be better, as American medical doctors now confront a huge procedural shift from handwritten patient notes to electronic medical records. Health care facilities in our community have expressed to us the need to offer this program and we're excited to get it going, we expect a lot of interest in the degree."

Students picking the Health information system program can advance in knowledge of healthcare and information technologies that are required to improve the quality of patient care and to find the best ways of sharing patient information between various providers, insurance companies and governmental agencies without compromising patient privacy.

A college degree is the optimal training for a career in health information systems, MVC officials said.

Edited by Ashley Caputo
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