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Admission Steps

Interested in Health Information and would like to learn more? Please attend one of our free Information sessions on the dates listed below:

These sessions give information regarding admissions criteria, program expectations, career options, curriculum, and pre-requisities. An open question and answer session will follow the presentation. The Power Point slides and the AHIMA Student Recruitment have been provided below:

 

Information Session Presentation 
AHIMA HIM Student Recruitment 

 

Admission Steps

Step 1:

Complete Collin College reading, writing, and mathematics assessments, placing at the College-Level (TSI Testing).

Step 2:

Complete all pre-requisites for the HIM Program (HITT 1305, HITT 2471, BIOL 2404) with a “C” or better. To be considered for the program, the applicant should have a 2.5 GPA or better. Please note: a 2.5 GPA or better is required to progress through the HIM program once a student is admitted.

Step 3:

Completion of the HIM Admission Packet by deadline (2nd Friday in November, for spring eligibility; 2nd Friday in May, for fall eligibility). 
               -  Application (Student Handbook)
               -  Code of Conduct/Success in HIM form
               -  Functional Abilities Form            

Step 4:

Schedule and complete the TEAS Exam prior to the application deadline. It is a proctored exam. 

 

To schedule testing, please contact Cassie Peak(CPeak@collin.edu). Include your name, Collin ID(if you have one), your phone number and your test date preference. Remember to use your cougarmail address if you have one. The test dates will be filled on a first come/first served basis so place your requests early. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the director of HIM, Michelle Millen, at MMillen@collin.edu.  

 

This semester, students will not be required to pay a fee for the TEAS exam. If you are attempting the test more than once, you will be required to pay for any additional exams, please note in the email that this is your "X" number of attempts. 

 

  • September 29th at 9 A.M. 
  • October 13th at 1 P.M.
  • October 27th at 1 P.M.

 

No calculator or outside material is allowed in the test. Scratch paper will be provided. Please only bring a photo ID and pencil with you the day of the test, all other materials will not be permitted. The exam is hosted at the Central Park Campus in McKinney, Health Sciences Center, H237. 

 

TEAS is the preferred test for the HIM Program. If you have scores from the HESI or PSB tests within the last three years, submit them to the HIM program director for consideration. 

 

Information regarding the structure of the exam can be found at: https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS.aspx

 

ATI TEAS Study Guide is available at the Central Park Campus Library. 

 

Step 5:

Submit a 500 word essay on the subject, “Why Health Information?”  The essay should demonstrate a working knowledge of health information management.

Step 6:

Request two letters of reference from people you may have worked with or teachers (not family or friends) that can attest to your character and aptitude for healthcare. These letters should be mailed directly to: Attn: Director of the Health Information Technology Program, Health Sciences and Emergency Services, Collin College, 2200 West University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071.

What Happens Next?
Once you've submitted your application, eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview with HIM faculty/staff. Continue to check your cougarmail for details. Once the interview is complete, a formal  “Welcome to the program” will be sent to your cougarmail. Retain this formal notification for verification.

Application evaluation

All applications are evaluated in the same manner.

- Pre-requisites: BIOL2404, HITT1305, HITT2471. A grade of "C" or better in each course. 

- TEAS Evaluations: 60% or better overall score.

- Overall GPA (2.5 or higher)

- Essay 

- Letters of reference

Considerations before you apply…

Immunizations, insurance, a drug screen and background check are required for HIM students to be placed in a Clinical setting. Clinicals will be conducted in a Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm timeframe. Students who work should make arrangements with their employers. More information regarding Clinicals can be found under the “Current Students” heading.
Note: It is strongly recommended that applicants self-disclose any potential infractions that may hinder clinical placement and career opportunities.

Clinical components:

1. Immunizations are required by our Clinical partners. It is important students understand they will not be placed in a Clinical setting without the proper documentation of immunity. The following immunizations are required:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity
  • Varicella - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity
  • Hepatitis B - 3 series shot/titer proving immunity. This series takes six months to complete
  • Tetanus/ Diphtheria/ Pertussis - within the last ten year

      The following should be completed only prior to Clinical placement…

  • Tuberculosis Screening - annual screening
  • Influenza Vaccination - within current season

 2. Current health insurance is required for Clinical placement.

 3. Drug screens will be conducted prior to Clinical placement. The cost of the test is $29.87 payable by the HIM student.

 4. Background checks will also be conducted prior to Clinical placement. The cost is covered by the HIM program. Instructions will be provided by the HIM office.

We appreciate your interest in Health Information Management. Due to State Authorization requirements, Collin College is currently not offering programs to students who reside outside of the State of Texas. We regret that we are unable to meet your educational needs and encourage you to continue to pursue your educational goals. In the event you relocate to Texas, we encourage you to reconnect with us. 

Contact Information

Questions related to the HIM degree or certificate including program admission, course progression, etc. Please contact:

Michelle Millen, MSCPM,RHIA
Program Director
MMillen@collin.edu
972.548.6676

 Questions related to college opeartions including admission to the college, financial aid, registration, etc. Please contact:  

Tori Hoffman
Academic Advisor
THoffman@collin.edu
972.548.6779
 
Upcoming Events:
October 9 - 11, 2017
  AHIMA National Convention
  Los Angelas, CA
November 2, 2017
   DFWHIMA Fall Workshop
   Fort Worth, Texas 
-  2018
   DFWHIMA Spring Workshop
June 24-26, 2018
   TxHIMA Convention 
   Austin, TX