The NorthWest Arkansas Community College associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


What is accreditation? Accreditation is a mechanism for assuring academic quality in higher education. The institution that sponsors an accredited CAHIIM program is required to have accreditation by a regional or qualified institution which must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and must have provisions for Title IV Eligibility. This allows that institution to provide:

  • Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid.
  • Ability to Transfer Credits: Accreditation provides for establishing the acceptability
    of credits from school to school


Professional programmatic accreditation means that in addition to the college, regional or national accreditation, programs in health information and health informatics may choose to seek CAHIIM accreditation, which is a voluntary peer review process to evaluate the program of study against CAHIIM Standards.


Program accreditation by CAHIIM is necessary in order to be eligible for the AHIMA professional HIM Certification Exams. A graduate is required to have completed an accredited CAHIIM program in order to be eligible to take the exam and become certified. CAHIIM accredited programs are quality programs that provide professionally required knowledge and skills, and employment marketability. Graduating from a CAHIIM accredited program offers employers assurance that you have the expected professional knowledge and skills, and have experienced a curriculum that is relevant to today's electronic health record (EHR) environment.


About CAHIIM: The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) recognizes degree-granting programs in Health Informatics and Information Management that have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum Accreditation Standards as set by the CAHIIM. These programs are awarded accreditation status by the CAHIIM, which provides public recognition of such achievement.


What if my program of choice is a candidate and not yet accredited by CAHIIM? Students enrolled in or that graduate from Candidacy Programs will be eligible to apply for the AHIMA professional certification exams once the program has achieved CAHIIM accreditation. It is the responsibility of the Program Director to inform students when this program status has been achieved.


Where can I obtain additional information about CAHIIM accreditation?


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