UAS reaccredited for AAS-Health Information Management program

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Health Information Management Program at the University of Alaska Southeast, which provides students with knowledge, skills, and the ability to prepare to enter the profession, has been reaccredited.

    The University of Alaska Southeast announced recently that their online Associate of Applied Science Health Information Management Program has been successfully reaccredited.

    Based at the UAS Sitka Campus, The program is the only Alaska program accredited by this commission.

    "It's a combination of providing health care, but it's behind-the-scenes; the record-keeping, the information technology that's so critical for healthcare today," said Dr. Paul Kraft, Sitka Campus Director.

    Dr. Kraft said that receiving the accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and information management education, is like a gold stamp of approval, showing the program has met the needs of the industry.

    The accrediting body found that the program met all 26 standards with no need for corrections, an accomplishment that just 7 of the 362 others passed at this level.

    "It's very, very rare for the accreditors to come to the university spend time digging into all of our records, and say, 'yep, you've hit them all. You've checked all the boxes,'" he said. "In fact, one of the accreditors said 'I learned some things from you people that are doing things that I'm now going to take back and implement or integrate into our programs.'"

    The process of reaccreditation takes about six months, but could take up to a year.

    Dr. Kraft said he was not shocked at the result. "I just know their professionalism. I know they're very focused on providing the best education that they can to the students and meet the needs of the industry. So it was a nice little bonus at the end to hear the news."

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