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New Britain, CT – March 19, 2024 – Charter Oak State College, Connecticut’s public online college, (, has announced seven new undergraduate certificate accreditations, plus a seven-year reaccreditation of its online B.S. in Health Information Management. The accreditations from CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management) and NCRA (National Cancer Registrars Association) ensure a programs academic quality, that programs uphold the standards and requirements set by the accrediting body, and that graduating students are well prepared to meet the needs of employers in their field of study.

The following degrees and certificates have received accreditation:

Undergraduate Degree:

B.S. Health Information Management – CAHIIM-accredited (continuing accreditation for 7 Years)

Undergraduate Certificates:

New! Cancer Registry – NCRA-accredited (National Cancer Registrars Association).

  • This certificate and accreditation prepares and allows graduates to sit for the ODS (Oncology Data Specialist) exam.

Clinical Documentation Improvement – CAHIIM-accredited

  • This Certificate places students on a pathway toward earning an online B.S. in Health Information Management, and a M.S. in Health Informatics.

Health Insurance Customer Service – CAHIIM-accredited

Leadership in Health Care Administration – CAHIIM accredited

Physician Practice Management – CAHIIM-accredited

  • This Certificate is designed to prepare students to sit for the CPPM offered by the AAPC, plus places students on a pathway toward earning an online B.S. in Health Care Administration, and a M.S. in Health Care Administration.

Provider Credentialing Specialist – CAHIIM-accredited

  • The Certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the credentialing field and prepare for industry credentials.

Health Insurance Customer Service – CAHIIM-accredited

Brooke N. Palkie, Ed.D, CPHIMS, RHIA, FHIMA; Chair, Division of Health Science and Technology, said of the accreditations, “We are focused on providing the highest quality programs in our field, at an affordable price point and with great flexibility for working adults. Meeting the standards of our accrediting bodies in the field lets our students know that we are committed to their graduating with knowledge and skills desired by employers in the workforce today.”

Online Certificates Create Pathways to Degrees

The College has created formalized pathways for certificate students to move seamlessly into bachelor’s degree programs with options for master’s degree programs as well. By graduating from an undergraduate online certificate, a student earns College credit that can be directly applied toward a bachelor’s degree saving a student both time and money and helping to keep the cost of their degree affordable.

Palkie said, “Charter Oak State College is focused on providing effective career pathways through education. Pathways provide students with clear and structured direction to achieve academic and career goals. They also offer a personalized and flexible approach to learning, allowing students to progress when it is most relevant to their professional aspirations.”

Palkie continued, “We are dedicated toward improving the lives of working adults and in that respect are focused on providing the most affordable path to degree completion, as well as a comprehensive educational experience that positively impacts our alums competitiveness in the marketplace.

To view the College’s full offerings of online degrees and certificates in its Health Science & Technology division visit Classes begin May 20.


Charter Oak State College ( is Connecticut’s only dedicated, public, online college, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields including Business, Health Care, Nursing, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity. The College offers Master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership, Health Informatics and Health Care Administration. Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and governed by Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education.