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Health Information Management (HIM)

Bachelor's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
July 01, 2024
August 07, 2024
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June 27, 2024
August 05, 2024

CAHIIM accredited HIM program1

18 months finish in as few as2

RHIA® certification exam prep from day one3

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management

Are you ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree in health information management? Our CAHIIM-accredited1 HIM program can support your desire to move ahead in the field with advanced skills in leadership and management, health information security and privacy, health law and compliance, and current and emerging consumer engagement practices.

As a Bachelor’s degree student, you can save time and money by taking assessments and transferring in credits. In fact, 67% of the program requirements can be completed in credit for prior learning.4 Already have your Health Information Technician Associate’s degree? Or, have your RHIT credential and an Associate's degree in another field? That means you’re nearly halfway to completing your HIM Bachelor’s degree.

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What Does the HIM Bachelor’s Degree Prepare You For?

In our health information management program, you’ll prepare for industry certification and confidently further your career in an in-demand leadership role improving health information processes and patient care. At 28% projected job growth, medical and health services manager jobs are much faster than average—versus an average of 5% for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.5

You’ll be ready for a variety of careers, such as:

  • Health Information Services Manager
  • Privacy Officer
  • Health Information Applications
  • EHR Implementation Specialist
  • Clinical/Healthcare Informatics Analyst/Specialist
  • Compliance Officer/Auditor
  • Revenue Cycle Reimbursement Manager
  • Health Information Management Specialist
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist

You can pursue a role in a variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare systems
  • Insurance companies
  • Health information technology vendors

Why Choose Rasmussen University?

Designed by industry experts, our Health Information Management degree program gives you the skills and confidence to not only utilize your broad health information knowledge, but also to effectively lead and manage cross-collaborative systems.

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  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)1
  • Balance work, life and school with fully online courses and an on-ground professional practice experience
  • Online Empowered Learning® courses allow you to create real-world projects, manage your pace and collaborate with faculty and peers
  • Save time and money with transfer credits and $149 self-directed assessments that allow you to prove you have the skills taught in a particular course and don't need to take it
  • Gain hands-on experience in AHIMA® virtual labs to test your skills and enhance decision-making abilities6
  • Utilize cutting-edge health information software applications and industry technology ranging from staffing models and project management tools to Tableau data visualization7


Practice in Real-Time

Not only are you studying the material—you’re also getting practice in a professional health information setting in your community during the HIM program. And, even more hands-on practice through AHIMA® virtual labs.

Industry Certification

Our Health Information Management degree will help you prepare for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) exam.3 Plus, the application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs.8

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What Do Health Information Management Courses Look Like?

You’ll learn through online interactive sessions with experienced faculty and real-life scenario case studies. Demonstrate what you know with online assessments and CBE courses that give you more control over your schedule. AHIMA® virtual labs and professional practice experience allow you to test your skills in a real or simulated healthcare setting.

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Data Analytics and Informatics in Healthcare (HIM 461C)
    • Use patient information and secondary data sources in a lab-based format to analyze and report information used in healthcare-related decision-making.
    • Topics include data analysis stages, information governance, healthcare data analysis stakeholders and exchange of data.
  • Electronic Health Record Application (HIM 3522)
    • Explore technology and applications utilized in the electronic health record (HER) in a lab-based format.
    • Examine health information record life cycle and electronic record workflow process.
  • Advanced Health Information Leadership and Management (HIM 4515)
    • Evaluate the skills, techniques and tools necessary for a healthcare management role.
    • Leverage data-driven decision-making tools, examine behaviors that embrace cultural diversity, and analyze workflow process concepts, productive, change management theories and compliance.

What Skills Will I Gain?

  • Data and Information Governance

    Understanding of emerging consumer engagement technologies, such as telehealth, wearable devices, patient portals and artificial intelligence.

  • Information Protection and Security

    Evaluate health information privacy and security strategies that meet external and internal requirements.

  • Health Law and Compliance

    Analyze compliance requirements and recommend privacy strategies throughout the health information life cycle.

  • Leadership and Management

    Assess strategies, processes and policies for human resources, project management, performance improvement, ethical standards and organizational cultural diversity.

  • Healthcare Data Analytics and Informatics

    Examine technology in the management and interpretation of health information and statistics.

  • Revenue Cycle and Financial Management

    Evaluate the revenue management life cycle and reimbursement modes across the healthcare organization.

Learn on Your Terms

Keep working while you get your degree with fully online courses, a professional practice experience in a real work setting, eight start dates a year and an online support team available 24/7.

Support at Every Turn

From 24/7 tech support, experienced tutors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.

Transferable Skills

In addition to health information studies, you’ll enhance your skills in critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity, equity and inclusion, and ethics and professional responsibility in this HIT program.

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Climb the Educational Ladder to Your Career

Our Health Information studies programs are designed to let you start at the point that works best for you, complete your degree, then easily transition to a higher level. After graduating with your Bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a leadership health information management role and then, when you’re ready, seamlessly transfer your credits toward a Master’s degree.

  • Certificate: Medical Billing and Coding

    Start here if:

    You’re just entering the field and looking for a shorter program that could lead to a healthcare role. This is a great stepping stone toward your Associate’s degree and a future career in medical billing and coding.9

    Finish in as few as:

    9 months2

    Career Opportunities:

    • Medical Biller
    • Medical Coder
    • Medical Insurance Claims Clerk/Specialist
    • Medical Collections Specialist
    • Patient Services Representative/Navigator
    • Patient Access Representative
    • Patient Registrar
    • Medical Record Clerk

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  • Associate’s Degree: Health Information Technician

    Start here if:

    You’re ready to learn more about managing patient data, revenue cycle, and billing and coding. You're also interested in pursuing the RHIT® exam.3

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Career Opportunities:

    • Health Information Technician
    • Health Information Data Collection and Analysis Specialist
    • Medical Coder / Biller Analyst / Auditor
    • Electronic Health Records Specialist
    • Compliance Auditor / Specialist
    • Patient Care Coordinator
    • Release of Information Specialist
    • Revenue Cycle Reimbursement Specialist

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  • Bachelor’s Degree: Health Information Management

    Start here if:

    You have your Associate's degree in health information or in an another subject with your RHIT credential. You're interested in a higher leadership role and want to prepare for the RHIA® exam.

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Career Opportunities:

    • Health Information Services Manager
    • Privacy Officer
    • Health Information Applications and EHR Implementation Specialist
    • Clinical / Healthcare Informatics Analyst / Specialist
    • Compliance Officer / Auditor
    • Revenue Cycle Reimbursement Manager
    • Health Information Management Specialist
    • Clinical Documentation Specialist

    View Bachelor’s degree details

  • Master’s Degree: Choose Your Path

    Sample MBA job titles:

    • Business analytics and intelligence
    • Business and project management
    • Client relations
    • Education
    • Financial management
    • Government services
    • Healthcare administration
    • Human resources

    Sample MHA job titles:

    • Admissions coordinator or director
    • Clinical director
    • Health services manager
    • Hospital administrator
    • Long-term care administrator
    • Medical services manager
    • Practice manager

Get Credit for What You Know

Self-Directed Assessments

Show that you have already achieved the skills for a course and don't need to take it. Your potential savings could be over $6,000!10

Transfer Credits

Get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average).

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Education Built for Working Adults

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Empowered Learning®

Learn by doing real-world projects, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers.


Online courses with a required in-person practicum experience in your final term gives you more control—over your schedule, your work space and your pace.

Affordable Education

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math:

With eight start dates a year and a total of 24 courses—full-time students can finish in as few as 18 months.2

$295 cost per full-time credit
x 90 total credits
$26,550 total full-time tuition
+ $4,915 total fees
$31,465 full-time estimated total program cost

Learn more about the financial aid cost of attendance (COA).

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Other Ways to Save

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our programs are designed to be more affordable with Knowledge Credit® through transfer credits, self-directed assessments, and military training or professional certification. Plus, save more with loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and military discounts for those who qualify. Find more about:

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Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor Completer Entrance Option, students must have earned an Associate’s degree in health information technology/management from a CAHIIM-accredited program within the past five years, or have an Associate’s degree and possess a current RHIT credential. If the degree was earned over five years ago, the enrolling student needs to have work experience in the health information industry within the last five years and approval from the program coordinator. In addition to meeting other admissions requirements, entrants to this program must also pass a criminal background check. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact an admissions advisor who will speak to you about: entrance requirements, alternate program paths, and background checks.

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is health information management?

    As a health information professional, you will have the potential to use evolving technology and healthcare applications, working with the coding and classification of diseases and treatments for clinical (patient care), financial, research and legal requirements in healthcare.11 Working in healthcare provider organizations—from large hospital systems and private physician practices to a variety of other healthcare organizations, such as insurance companies and research facilities—a health information professional will utilize electronic health records and processes to ensure health information is accurately gathered, protected and accessible to those who need it.11

    As a leader in health information and a vital member of the healthcare team, health information professionals collaborate across organizational lines, on the strategies and policies that guarantee accurate and protected patient data and the analysis, reporting and use of data to meet organizational, community, national and even global goals.

  • What can you do with a Health Information Management degree?

    You can pursue a career in settings such as hospitals, healthcare systems, insurance companies, health information technology vendors and more. You’ll be prepared for a variety of career paths, such as:

    • Health information services manager
    • Privacy officer
    • Health information applications
    • EHR implementation specialist
    • Clinical/healthcare informatics analyst/specialist
    • Compliance officer/auditor
    • Revenue cycle reimbursement manager
    • Health information management specialist
    • Clinical documentation specialist

    Check out our Health Sciences blog article 7 Jobs You Can Get With a Health Information Management Degree to learn more.

  • Is health information management a good career?

    The projected growth of medical and health services manager jobs from 2020–2030 is projected to grow much faster than average—at 32% versus an average of 7.7% for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.6 Health information technologists, medical registrars and medical records specialists are projected to grow 9% from 2020–2030.5

  • What are AHIMA® Virtual Labs?

    Rasmussen University utilizes AHIMA® virtual labs to help students prepare for the workplace. Courses designed specifically for the lab applications allow students to test their skills and decision-making abilities.

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a global nonprofit of health information professionals who work with health data for more than a billion patient visits each year. For nearly a century, AHIMA has helped improve health record quality by taking a leadership role in the effective management of health data and information and delivering quality healthcare to the public.

  • What is the RHIA® certification exam?

    The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) exam is an in-demand industry certification exam taken through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA®). The RHIA® exam tests your knowledge and skills in the health information field.

    In our HIM Bachelor's degree program, you'll be prepared to take the RHIA® exam. Plus, the application fee is included in the total program costs.8

  • How does professional practice experience work in an online program?

    Our HIM Bachelor’s degree program allows you to gain professional practice experience in a healthcare work setting in your own community—possibly at your own organization. If needed, we can help you identify your professional practice experience location.

  • How long does it take to get a Bachelors degree in Health Information Management

    You can choose whether to pursue your Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management full- or part-time. As a full-time student, you can complete your HIM Bachelor’s degree in as few as 18 months.2

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Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

The Health Information Management accreditor of Rasmussen University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].

Additional accreditation details

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
200 East Randolph Street
Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601

Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rates

Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rate, Student Satisfaction Rate and Programmatic Graduation Rate for the Health Information Management Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Health Information Management Bachelor’s Degree Program Outcome Rates

CampusGraduate Programmatic Outcome Rate 1a Student Satisfaction Rate 2a Programmatic Graduation Rate 3a
Campus: Rasmussen University – Online Baccalaureate Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rate 1a : 92.8% Student Satisfaction Rate 2a : 94.1% Programmatic Graduation Rate 3a : 25.0%
  • 1a Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rates are based on July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, as reported in the 2022 CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Report. Measured at 12 months post-graduation and includes those employed in their field of study, in a position that required their degree, or those continuing their education. It does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen University in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment. This rate excludes graduates who were unavailable due to military service, a medical condition, an international location, or are incarcerated or deceased.
  • 2a Student/Graduate Satisfaction Rates are for the time period of July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, based on programmatic and institution surveys returned from program graduates as reported in the 2022 CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Report.
  • 3a Programmatic Graduation Rates: Percentage of starts between April 2019 and March 2020 that graduated from the program in 1.5 times the recommended length of the program. The programs listed above are those accredited by CAHIIM. The Health Information Management accreditor of Rasmussen University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].