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AHIMA, Purdue University Global Team Up to Offer Online Education to Health Information Students and Professionals

CHICAGO – Oct. 14, 2020 – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Purdue University Global announced today they're collaborating to make it easier than ever for health information (HI) students and professionals to complete the educational training they need to excel in an evolving field.

AHIMA will offer 13 medical coding and reimbursement online courses that allow students to earn an AHIMA Medical Coding and Reimbursement Micro-credential in just 13 weeks. The micro-credential demonstrates medical coding competency and prepares students to become an AHIMA-certified professional while accelerating their path to an academic certificate or degree.

Purdue University Global will recognize each course with academic transfer credit, and AHIMA members will receive a 20 percent discount on Purdue University Global courses to complete an undergraduate certificate or degree program.

"The collaboration between AHIMA and Purdue University Global is a huge win for HI students and professionals," said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. "Learners will have the opportunity to maximize their time and monetary investment. It's an unparalleled value."

Keith L. Smith, MA, EdD, MBA, LM, RMHC, the vice president and dean of health sciences at Purdue University Global, said the alliance with AHIMA will include stackable education options to help learners and working adults achieve their goals more efficiently. Learners who receive the AHIMA Medical Coding and Reimbursement Micro-credential will only need to complete three additional courses to earn the Purdue University Global Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. They will also have completed 25 percent of the credits required to earn a bachelor's degree in health information management from Purdue University Global.

"We hope students who earn the AHIMA Medical Coding and Reimbursement Micro-credential consider Purdue University Global as they continue on their education journey," Smith said.  

More information about the micro-credential and the collaboration between AHIMA and Purdue University Global is available at AHIMA.org.

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About AHIMA
AHIMA is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals. AHIMA represents professionals who work with health data for more than one billion patient visits each year. AHIMA’s mission of empowering people to impact health drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. Our leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business, and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide.

About Purdue University Global
Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online university, providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen careers. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves more than 31,000 students (as of June 2020), most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates several regional locations nationwide. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, please visit purdueglobal.edu.

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