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For those who strive for a well-paying job, flexible work environment and job security, health information might be the perfect field for you!

Registered Health Information Technologists (RHITs) specialize in coding medical diagnoses and procedures, maintaining accurate and detailed information in patients’ medical records and assisting healthcare employers in an ever-changing insurance landscape. A health information technology career offers you many employer options. Graduates of Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Health Information Technology (HIT) program are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and private physician practices.

“In our local area, the candidate pool is small for qualified employees in health information technology, and I see people looking to add more coders to their teams all the time,” explained Megan Weis, MHA, RHIA, the manager for coding and reimbursement for Medical Associates Clinic & Health Plans and a graduate of the College’s HIT program. “There are so many rewarding things about this career; every day is different and you could work at home. The healthcare industry is never going away. Health information professionals have a great deal of job security.”

Consider a career on the business side of healthcare where your skills are in-demand. Be Bold. Visit www.nicc.edu/hit to learn more!

Respiratory Care

Lauren Wheelock

Lauren Wheelock

When our respiratory system is not functioning as it should, or our breathing is labored, difficult and requires extra effort, respiratory therapists can get our breathing back to normal. The Respiratory Care program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) trains these critical healthcare professionals.

Lauren Wheelock, a 2014 Respiratory Care and 2012 Business Administration graduate, transferred to the College after several years of career searching at the University of Iowa.

“When I graduated from high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I attended Iowa, but after two years I enrolled at Northeast Iowa Community College because the one-on-one environment was so much more career focused,” Wheelock explained, who is employed as a respiratory therapist for University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics. “Every day is different in respiratory care. I have seen extremely critical patients in acute care make a full recovery, and that’s rewarding. The adrenaline keeps me going! I think on my feet and
I need to make accurate, immediate decisions – I love my career.”

Respiratory care professionals help patients breathe easier and live healthier lives. Qualified graduates may earn an annual income ranging from $42,512 – $48,982. Be Bold and make a difference. Learn more about the Respiratory Care program at www.nicc.edu/respiratorycare!

Nursing: New Agreement between Upper Iowa University and NICC Leads to Four-Year Degree for Students

Upper Iowa University and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) have made earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree easier.

Many nurses in our region are nearing retirement and healthcare providers – hospitals, clinics and medical offices – are in desperate need for licensed, highly skilled nurses to fill current and projected employment needs.

Recently, the two schools created a Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP), the first agreement of its kind in the state of Iowa.

This agreement allows students to enroll in the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) program at the NICC Calmar or Peosta campus and at the same time, enroll and take online B.S.N. courses from the Upper Iowa University B.S.N. program. Students in the CEP cohort can earn an A.D.N. from NICC, become a Registered Nurse and then complete their B.S.N. from Upper Iowa University in less than a year.

Students are able to live and work locally while completing the four-year degree because the final year of the program is 100 percent online!

Contact Susan Schneider, NICC Director of Nursing, at schneiders@nicc.edu to learn more.

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