Enroll in Herzing’s Health Information Management program
- CAHIIM accredited*
- Transfer up to 93 approved credits
- Program length: associate - 20 months; bachelor’s - 36 months
- 100% online classes you can take right at home
- Preparation for RHIT or RHIA certification
- Qualify to earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
Health Information Management program classes & 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.
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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 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 course sheet
HIM program enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in our health information management associate or bachelor degree programs include:
- A U.S. high school diploma or equivalent.
- 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.
- 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:
What can I do with a degree in Health Information Management?
Medical Records Technician Ranked among Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2020 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. 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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).
Only those who successfully:
- 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
- Graduate from a HIM program that is approved by a foreign association with which AHIMA has a reciprocity agreement.
You can make more than $189,000 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.
The primary difference is:
- Healthcare management refers to the practices and procedures involved with operating and supervising hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
- Health information management involves the collection, analysis, maintenance and security of a healthcare facility’s billing, research, quality improvement and credentialing.
Both fields combine high-level business and day-to-day functions of a healthcare environment to support the delivery of excellent patient care.
Discover more details about the difference between healthcare management vs. health information management.
Yes! You can earn your degree in health information management online with Herzing University. Studying health information management online is a great way to learn new skills on your own schedule.
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.
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.
With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:
- Loan options – Federal & private
- Scholarships & grants
- VA / military benefits
- Other sources of financial aid
You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.
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.
Health Information Management Degree Programs
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This CAHIIM-accredited program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the health information management field for management positions in a variety of health-related settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors. A health information management professional is responsible for the management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements of the healthcare delivery system. They are experts in coding and classification systems, managing patient health information, and administrating computer information systems. Individuals with interests in computer science, business administration, health science, and healthcare administration are well-suited for a career in health information management. Upon completion of this degree, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification examination.
This CAHIIM-accredited program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the health information management field for entry level technical positions in a variety of health-related settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors. HIM professionals plan, collect, aggregate, analyze, and disseminate individual patient and aggregate clinical data. Students in this program will learn entry-level skills related to those areas of the HIM profession.
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Accreditations & 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.
* The Health Information Management accreditor of Herzing University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for the Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science degree and the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at email@example.com.
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.