Advance your healthcare career with a bachelor’s degree
- CAHIIM accredited*
- Transfer up to 93 approved credits
- Typical program length: 36 months
- 100% online classes you can take right at home
- Preparation for RHIA certification
- Two 90-hour internships completed in person within an approved facility
- Qualify to earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
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.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
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.
* 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.
Save time and money by earning dual credit
Students enrolled in Herzing University’s health information management bachelor’s degree program can get a head start on earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Qualifying undergraduate students who pursue a Herzing bachelor’s degree in HIM may apply up to 12 credits toward an MBA degree.
Computer networking graduates may choose one of several MBA concentrations - including healthcare management - or consider our Dual Concentration option to add additional emphasis to your MBA credential.
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 can I do with a bachelor's degree in HIM?
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:
- Health Information Manager
- Health Information Administrator
- Compliance / Risk Management Officer
- Revenue Cycle Manager
- Health Informaticist
- Medical Coder
- Data Analyst
- Outpatient Coding Compliance Auditor
- Clinical Documentation Specialist
- Clinical Systems Manager
- Medical Research Analyst
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical and Health Services Managers is expected to rise 18% from 2018-2028, faster than the 5% 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.
How can I advance my career? While earning a bachelor’s degree and continuing to earn experience will help you qualify for many different types of jobs, an MBA degree may help you compete for upper-level healthcare management roles. You may earn up to 12 dual credits to use towards an MBA in Healthcare Management as part of the Herzing bachelor’s degree program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
* 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.
** 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.