Health Information Management bachelor’s degree classes & curriculum details
Graduates of the bachelor program with a bachelor in health information management will learn the basics of coding, health sciences and general education, including business, accounting and management skills. You’ll discover how to apply these specifically in the area of medical records and health information documentation.
Graduates of this program are qualified to take AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam.
All classes are delivered online, and the curriculum includes a required internship.
|Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management||36||124|
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Required Management Core Courses
All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or BU 600 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours
or BU 630 Project and Operations Management 3.00 semester credit hours
or BU 550 Research Methods and Decision Making 3.00 semester credit hours
Required Courses in Health Information Management Core
All courses, 45.00 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).
A minimum of 8.00 semester credit hours is required. Students may take any healthcare or health information management, business management, or human resources course. At least 3.00 semester credit hours must be at the 300- or 400-level.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊ includes 3.0 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. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 6.00 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.
Required Internship Experience
4.00 credit hours are required.
* 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.
36 months | 124 credits
$441 per credit
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*When student accepts awarded scholarship.
Tuition & Cost
With Herzing University, an affordable, career-focused education in health information management is within your reach. We are always striving to make college more affordable for everyone.
Opportunities for financial aid include:
HIM bachelor’s degree program enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Health Information Management bachelor’s 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, advancing your career in health information management IS possible. As your lifelong learning partner, we’re here to help you reach your highest career goals.
What jobs can I get with a bachelor’s degree in health information management?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical and Health Services Managers is expected to rise 32% from 2020-2030, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*
Now is a great time to work towards upper-level HIM positions and make your mark in the growing field of healthcare.
Earn your bachelor’s degree in health information management and you’ll be well positioned to qualify for many opportunities in health information and technology. Potential health information management jobs include:
Description: Medical records technicians, also called medical coders or coding specialists, ensure that patient information is recorded and cataloged correctly. In addition to verifying patient records, they also analyze patient data to help improve patient care and cost structures. This job is ideal for those who are detail-oriented and have strong organizational skills.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for medical records technicians will grow by as much as 9 percent through 2030—faster than average for most occupations. Medical records technicians are also among U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2022 due to fast-paced employment growth, a flexible work environment and opportunities for career advancement.
Learn more about what you need to do to become a medical records technician, including educational and certification requirements.
Average salary (US): $48,270 per year, $23.21 per hour (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*
Description: Medical and health services managers plan, direct and coordinate the day-to-day operations of a healthcare facility. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare organizations have a growing need for managers with knowledge of health information technology and informatics. They project 32% employment growth for medical and health services managers between 2020-2030.
Most medical and health services managers have a bachelor’s degree in health information management and administrative or clinical experience at a hospital or other healthcare facility. The BLS reports the average salary for medical services managers in 2020 was $118,800.
Description: Management consultants help companies solve their complex business problems. A health information management consultant specializes in helping healthcare organizations with their HIM needs, such as implementing new medical records systems and processes.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment for management consultants will grow by 14 percent through 2030, adding more than 120,000 new jobs. Much of this growth will be in the healthcare sector, as organizations look to cut costs and implement new technologies to manage patient records. Management consultants earned an average salary of $97,580 in 2020, according to the BLS.
Description: Patient information coordinators, also called health educators or patient navigators, help people manage their health information and understand their healthcare provider and insurance options. Patient coordinators must have exceptional communications skills and a thorough knowledge of medical terminology as well as health information technology.
Description: With experience, HIM professionals can advance to mid- and upper-level management roles, such as HIM director. The HIM director manages all operations and personnel in the HIM department and works with executive management to provide efficient and secure access to quality patient data. This position might also be called a Health Information Administrator or Manager.
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.
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.
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.
You can make more than $190,000 at the highest positions in HIM medical and health services, according to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Health technologists and technicians reportedly earn an average salary of $48,270 per year ($23.21 per hour).*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of 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 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.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
1. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
CAHIIM Program Outcomes
|Program||Graduation Rate||Employment Rate||Student Satisfaction Rate|
|Bachelor of Science in Health Information Rate||20.2%||100%||88.09%|
Note (1): Program Graduation Rate is the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length. The graduation rate percentage represents cohorts who started in 2015-2016 and were scheduled to graduate within 150% of the stated program length from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020.
Note (2): Overall Program Employment Rate is based on students who graduated the program August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 and were employed within one year following graduation. Graduate pursuing further education are not included in the total.
Note (3): Student Satisfaction Rate is based on students who completed the Herzing University Student Satisfaction Survey during August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.