Name: Rachel Hendrickson, RHIA
Current Employer and Position:
Community Memorial Hospital- Cloquet, MN
Clinical Informaticist (December 2015- present)
Program/Degree/Anticipated Graduation Date:
Health Information Management, B.S. Degree, Spring 2012
Health Informatics, M.S. Degree, Spring 2017
Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica’s HIIM program?
I chose The College of St. Scholastica’s HIIM Program because it offers a diverse curriculum of courses and prepares students for a wide array of careers. The HIIM field is always evolving, and The College of St. Scholastica’s HIIM Program ensures that students are educated on relevant and exciting topics through hands-on experience.
What is your favorite part of taking HIIM classes at The College of St. Scholastica?
My favorite part of taking HIIM classes at The College of St. Scholastica is the flexibility that the program allows. I completed the majority of my undergraduate HIM degree in the classroom, but as a working professional, I am now able to take the courses needed to complete my Masters degree in Health Informatics entirely online.
What topic in HIIM do you find most interesting/inspiring?
I think that data analytics is one of the most interesting and exciting topics in HIIM. Data can significantly aid in healthcare decision making, and there is a growing need for professionals who can successfully analyze data. Health Information Management and Health Informatics professionals are a great fit for roles in data analytics.
What advice would you give to someone considering entering a HIIM Program at The College of St. Scholastica?
If you are looking to get into an exciting and challenging field and want to learn from an exceptional group of faculty members, look no further than the HIIM Program at the College of St. Scholastica.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking and attending live music and theater.
What is your favorite travel destination?
My favorite travel destination to date has been the study abroad trip I took to India while obtaining my undergraduate degree in HIM from the College of St. Scholastica.