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Richelle Marting, J.D., RHIA
Attorney and Clinical Assistant Professor
Class of 2008, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Master of Health Services Administration bridge program
Home town: Louisburg, Kansas
Richelle is a 2008 graduate of the health information management (HIM) bridge program, which allows students to achieve both a bachelor’s and master's degrees in five years. She went on to obtain a law degree, which further advanced her career in legal and regulatory HIM. In her role, she applies the principles of information management to ensure provider compliance with legal requirements, and provides legal counsel to clients with HIM issues. She chose this path because she loves the legal aspects of health information management.
“In school, I was intrigued by how a minor change in facts, or in language for regulatory requirements, can change the meaning for a health care provider.”
Richelle says her HIM background gave her a clear direction to a great career in a high-demand area of law.
“Many attorneys who practice health care law fell into that area by circumstance. Having an HIM degree gives me a unique skills set for clients who place a great value on my experience.”
Like many prospective HIM students, Richelle was drawn to the clinical side of health care. She wanted to pursue dentistry or medicine, but decided clinical care wasn’t right for her after working as a nurse aide. After an internship with an administrator of an assisted living facility, she realized she could combine her interest in health care with her love of business, science and technology. HIM was the perfect combination of her interests.
For Richelle, the KU HIM program was a great experience. She says the small class sizes allowed students to work closely with faculty. They even served as references for her during job searches and scholarship applications. But most importantly, the program was designed to give students the tools they needed to succeed in their careers.