Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Hello HIM Students!  I mentioned a couple of months ago that it is never too early to start looking for HIM jobs, even if it is just to see what types of opportunities there are AND to help you stay motivated and keep your eye on the prize!  HIM students often make the mistake of thinking they can't start applying for HIM jobs until they graduate with the degree. That's not true! There are plenty of entry-level and mid-level positions that you may be qualified for, and an employer might really love that you are an HIM program. In their eyes you will be someone who can learn and be mentored and then be an excellent candidate for promotion once you have that degree and credential!

If you are not already working in the field, I would like to challenge you this week to check out the websites of your local hospitals or health care systems and see what is out there.  It is a little tricky, because all of the positions are not usually under one Health Information or Medical Records heading but those are good places to start.  You should also look at good entry-level options such as medical receptionist, admissions, patient registration, etc. for really good foot-in-the-door jobs.  Once you have a handful of the HIM courses completed, you might be qualified for an HIM Technician position.  Always look at the preferred qualifications for a job and you might be surprised to find that you would be a good fit.  I took a look at the Yale New Haven Hospital employment site today and I was pretty excited about all the possibilities I saw there.

If you ARE working in the field, feel free to hit REPLY ALL and let your fellow HIM students know about the types of positions at your facility that an HIM student may be qualified for.  And better yet, if you know of any current openings, send those our way and you just might motivate someone to apply!

Have a great week!

Cindy Glewwe, M.Ed, RHIA

Director, Health Information Management Program 

Charter Oak State College

55 Paul J. Manafort Drive

New Britain, CT 06053

(860) 515-3833

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