Health Information Management (HIM)
Online Degree Programs

Prepare for leadership positions in the growing career field of Health Information Management.

Under the new healthcare initiative, healthcare providers are now required to keep secure, electronic patient records. To accomplish this, there is a growing demand for specialists who can code, digitize and create electronic patient records as well as health information professionals to manage the entire process, check for accuracy and secure the information as required by law. You could be a part of this growing career field that is vital to providing quality patient care with a Health Information Management (HIM) degree from Herzing.

What is a degree in Health Information Management?

A bachelor’s or associate degree in health information management can help you get a job in medical records, managing and consulting, health education or supervisory/director roles. Our HIM degree programs provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the management of medical information.

How long it takes to earn your HIM degree from Herzing (estimates):

Bachelor's Degree

36 Months / 124 Credits

Associate Degree

20 Months / 63 Credits

As a Herzing student, you'll have access to state-of-the-industry virtual labs and a variety of health information management systems, such as drchrono, HealthPort, eSmartLog, QuadraMed MPI, and Tableau. Our curriculum is compliant with the CAHIIM 2014 AHIMA/CEE Academic Competencies requirements, which helps prepare our graduates for success.

Classes start October 28.
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Curriculum

Health Information Management Program Curriculum

For students interested in Health Information Management, Herzing University provides several paths to enter this growing career field. Students can start in the bachelor’s program right away and work to graduate in just three years! Or, begin in Herzing's associate degree program and seamlessly transfer coursework and skills into the bachelor's degree program after graduation.  Students fulfill a capstone project in partnership with the healthcare organization they are interning at under the supervision of a current RHIT or RHIA certified employee to put into practice what they have learned.

ProgramsCreditsMonths*
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management12436
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management6320
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
 

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Graduates of the bachelor program with a bachelor in health information management will have the most career opportunity as well as the best chances for advancement. Not only do they have all the basics of coding, health sciences and general education, they also have business, accounting and management skills. They know how to apply these specifically in the area of medical records and health information documentation. Taught in online courses, graduates of this program are qualified to take AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam. View Program Course Sheet

Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management

Students in the ASHIM program will learn entry-level skills related to those areas of the Health Information Management profession. All of the courses in this program are offered in an online format. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. View Program Course Sheet

What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA)

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Eligibility:

Only those who successfully

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree in a HIM program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) or are enrolled in their last term of study
    OR
  2. Graduate from a HIM program that is approved by a foreign association with which AHIMA has a reciprocity agreement.

Requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in our health information management associate or bachelor degree programs include:

  1. A U.S. high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Demonstrate a capacity to succeed in college-level courses. Options include successfully passing an entrance examination administered by Herzing, submission of an ACT score of 17 or better / a combined SAT score of 1,275, or valid transfer credit from prior college-level work.
  3. Interview with a Herzing admissions advisor and fill out an application.

We can answer any further questions you have about admissions criteria during the interview process.

To discover more detail about required classes in the health information management program, please view our course sheets fully outlining each of our HIM degree programs:

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Careers

What can I do with a degree in Health Information Management?

Medical Records Technician Ranked among Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2019 by U.S. News & World Report

Individuals trained in Health Information Management (HIM) can choose from many different career paths since they have knowledge in science, business and information technology. HIM professionals work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, health insurance companies, and software vendors.

Your career path. Learn more about a career in health information management and what you can do with your degree.

Is an MBA in your future?

Students in Herzing University's Health Information Management bachelor’s degree program can get a “jump start” on earning a MBA in Healthcare Management. Qualifying students could take up to 12 graduate credits while still an undergraduate and apply these credits toward both degrees, thereby saving time and money.

Online Health Information Management Degree Program

FAQs

Answer:

On average HIM students earn their associate degree in 20 months (1 year, 8 months) or bachelor’s degree in 36 months (3 years). Students transferring credits may complete the program in less time.

We understand you’re in this for a new career and want to get your degree as quickly as possible. Our priority is getting you to graduation with excellent education and support every step of the way.

Answer:

Finding your place and succeeding in your career depends on your strengths in relation to the skills needed in health information management, including:

  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Technical skills
  • Leadership skills

Because of the increased need for data-driven decision making and growth of information technology in healthcare, health information managers must be adept on the execution or managerial side of day-do-day tasks. Those strong on both sides can find great career success in HIM.

Answer:

Yes! You can earn your degree in health information management online. Studying health information management online is a great way to learn new skills on your own schedule.

Answer:

You can make more than $182,600 at the highest positions in HIM medical and health services, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Jobs for medical records and health information technicians are reported to range from roughly $26,550 to $66,260 per year depending on your state.

It all depends on your level of degree attained, certifications and experience in HIM. The ladder is tall and educated prospects are in high demand. Read more about the average salary for health information management jobs typically requiring an associate's or bachelor's degree in HIM.

Answer:

Given the increased demand in the industry, wide range of jobs you can pursue and the average salary you can earn, going back to school and earning your degree in HIM is definitely worth it. It’s a field with high growth potential and excellent career mobility. Here’s why earning your health information management degree is worth it.

Answer:

Certification is not a requirement for all health information management professionals, but it will give you an advantage in finding the job of your choice.

Two credentials in particular – RHIA and RHIT – can help you get your first job or push your career in health information management to the next level. Read more about what health information management certification is right for you.

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Tuition

The cost of tuition for Herzing HIM programs

Our goal is to make a career-focused education affordable for everyone. With Herzing University you are never alone. Financial aid options include:

  • Student loans & secured loans. Loans offer a way to pay for all or part of your tuition.
  • Scholarships. View the different scholarships we award to eligible students.

You can find a tuition estimate for our health information management degree programs by using our tuition wizard.

Disclosures

    Herzing University Health Information Management Student Achievement Data:

    Associate Degree Student Achievement Data

    • During the last reporting period of 8/1/2015 to 7/31/2016, there were a total of 252 students enrolled in the program. During that time 32 students graduated from the program. Of the 32 graduates, 27 were employed within one year and 24 of those were employed in health care.
    • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam during the 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017 time period shows a program mean score of 78.75.

    Baccalaureate Degree Student Achievement Data

    • During the last reporting period of 8/1/2015 to 7/31/2016, there were a total of 260 students enrolled in the program. During that time 18 students graduated from the program. Of the 18 graduates, 17 were employed within one year and 15 of those were employed in health care.
    • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam during the 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017 time period shows a program mean score of 94.20.
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    The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree at Herzing University Online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    The Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management degree at Herzing University Online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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    What Is Health Management?

    Health Information Management (HIM), also known as medical information management, is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Healthcare providers are now required to keep secure, electronic patient records. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology used within the healthcare delivery cycle.