February 1, 2011 | | Leave a comment Health-related degree programs are becoming increasingly popular as a result of recent legislation that requires more professionals in this industry to be trained. The transition from paper to electronic health records requires hospitals and other care facilities to hire individuals who possess a health informatics degree to implement these systems. As a result, many colleges are pushing to become accredited to offer a health informatics degree program. For instance, Western Governors University recently received approval to offer one such program. Officials from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) recently announced the accreditation of the school's online health informatics degree program. The approval allows students in this course of study to be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator certification exam. The accrediting process includes a peer review, an on-site visit and a review of degree requirements that evaluate the course of study using CAHIIM standards. "Our bachelors degree in health informatics, which is all online and very affordable at less than $5,800 per year, is ideal for healthcare or information technology professionals who wish to move into this high-demand career field," Patrick Partridge, vice president of marketing and enrollment for the school.