Explore the Programs at Miami Dade College

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program officially begins every semester of each year.  If students have met the majority of pre-requisite courses, applicants may enter at the beginning of each semester if seats are available with the program coordinator and Chairperson’s approval.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A.  To apply to the program, you must have ENC 1101 – English Composition 1 completed.

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. Yes.  Your application will be reviewed.  If you do not meet the selection criteria, your application will stay on file for three years.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will receive a college credit certificate.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program is an evening program.  Pre-requisites and selected HIM prefix courses are offered online through Virtual College.  

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Yes.  The majority work either part-time or full-time.  Students are encouraged to work a maximum of 20 hours per week to be successful in the program.

Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center. 

Q. What is the median annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn an annual salary of $24,000 - $33,500 if employed full-time. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.

Q. What makes your program different from other other Healthcare Informatics Specialist programs?
A. Besides being affordable, our students are provided opportunities for clinical internship, service learning activities and afforded the opportunity to access three different types of electronic health record systems. Students will receive training in two different electronic health record systems and analyze data. The program offers AHIMA VLab, Neehr Perfect Software Systems and other learning resources to maximize learning. In addition, students will receive free student membership to American Health Information Management Association with the purchase of the new course textbook, Health Information Technology Applied Approach- 5th edition, which is used throughout the program.