Start your HIM career fast with an associate degree
- CAHIIM accredited*
- Transfer up to 47 approved credits
- Typical program length: 20 months
- 100% online classes you can take right at home
- 90-hour internship completed in-person within an approved facility
- Preparation for RHIT certification
Health Information Management associate degree classes & curriculum details
Students in the associate degree program will learn entry-level skills related to those areas of the Health Information Management profession. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam.
All classes are delivered online, and the curriculum includes a required internship.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
Required Health Information Management Courses
All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Anatomy and Physiology Courses
All courses, ◊8.00 semester credit hours, are required. (3.00 of these credit hours satisfies Science General Education Requirement).
Required Internship Experience
2.00 credit hours are required.
* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.
** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required two terms prior to internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.
Required General Education Courses
Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊ includes 3.00 credit hours from Anatomy and Physiology listed in above required) distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences ◊ Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
HIM associate degree program enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Health Information Management associate degree program include:
- Completed high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
- Complete an enrollment application
With Herzing University starting your new career in health information management IS possible. We are here to help you take the first step.
What can I do with an associate degree in HIM?
Earning an associate degree in health information can help you qualify for many different types of jobs in the field of health information.
Potential jobs in health information management include:
- Health Information Technician
- Health Information Clerk
- Patient Care Coordinator
- Patient Registrar
- Insurance Claims Clerk
- Medical Coder
- Data Analyst
How can I advance my career in HIM? You may consider a bachelor’s degree in health information management to qualify for the next level of administrative or management roles in your department. You can use you prior associate-level education and transfer up to 93 credits into a bachelor’s degree program with Herzing.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Records and Health Information Technicians is expected to rise 11% from 2018-2028, faster than the 5% average across all U.S. occupations.**
Now is a great time to get the education you need to enter the rapidly growing field of healthcare information and technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in 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 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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Accreditation & Disclosures
* 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.