Health Information
Management Degree (HIM)

Overview

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.

Bachelor's Degree

36 Months / 124 Credits

Associate Degree

20 Months / 63 Credits

 

Classes start July 8.
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Benefits

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.

Here’s why you should consider Herzing University to pursue your HIM degree: how long it takes to get your degree, online course flexibility, and an established culture of faculty and staff support empowering students courageous enough to embark on a new career path.

How long does it take to get a degree in health information management?

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. And our priority is getting you to graduation with excellent education and support every step of the way to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in health information management.

You can find a cost estimate by using our tuition wizard. There are potential grants, loans, scholarships and student employment options available for students seeking financial aid. You aren’t alone – Herzing University helps you every step of the way to invest in yourself and your future.

Can I get a HIM degree online from Herzing University?

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.

How much does tuition cost? Is it really worth it?

Not all degree programs are equal. Hospitals, clinics and healthcare institutions understand Herzing University’s reputation as educators in health information management.

You can find a cost estimate by using our tuition wizard. There are potential grants, loans, scholarships and student employment options available for students seeking financial aid. You aren’t alone – Herzing University helps you every step of the way to invest in yourself and your future

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.

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.

Jobs you can get with an Associate degree in HIM

Those entering the field with a health information management associate degree from Herzing University will be eligible to take AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. (Visit http://www.ahima.org/certification/RHIT for more information.) They will be prepared for employment in occupations such as:

  • Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Abstractor
  • Health Information Technician
  • Charge Master Auditor
  • Information Access/Disclosure Specialist

 

Jobs you can get with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in health information management will be eligible to take AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam. Visit http://www.ahima.org/certification/RHIA for more information.

Individuals with a bachelor's in Health Information Management may gain entry-level employment in one of the following areas:

  •  HIM Director
  • Health Information Specialist or Technician
  • Patient Information Coordinator
  • HIM Project Manager
  • Consultant
  • Clinical Data Analyst or Specialist
  • Research and Decision Support Analyst

See the 5 most common jobs you can get in health information management you can expect to find in demand on the job market after graduation.

How much can I make with a health information management degree?

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.

Ready to take the Next Step?

Apply onlinerequest information or call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about Herzing's health information management program!

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.
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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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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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    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.