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Health Information Management (HIM)

Bachelor's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
November 12, 2020
January 04, 2021
Apply By
November 05, 2020
December 28, 2020

CAHIIM

accredited HIM program

18 months

estimated time to completion with full-time study2

RHIA®

certification exam prep from day one14

Become a Health Information Leader in Your Community

Are you ready to take the next step in your health information career? Our CAHIIM-accredited3 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 HIM Bachelor’s degree 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 32% 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.6

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?

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)
  • Balance work, life and college with flexible fully online courses
  • Speed through material you already know and slow down to master new or advanced skills in our 100% Flex Choice® competency-based education (CBE)
  • Get credit for what you already know with Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment and transfer credits
  • Gain hands-on experience in AHIMA® virtual labs to test your skills and enhance decision-making abilities13
  • Utilize cutting-edge health information software applications and industry technology ranging from staffing models and project management tools to Tableau data visualization

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.14 Plus, the application fee is included in the total program costs.5

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What Do 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 and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

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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 quick entry into a healthcare role. This is a great stepping stone toward your Associate’s degree and a future career in medical billing and coding.16

    Finish in as few as:

    9 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Medical coder/biller
    • Medical insurance claims clerk/specialist
    • Medical collections specialist
    • Patient services representative
    • Patient access representative
    • Patient registrar
    • Medical records clerk

    View Certificate details

  • 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.15

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Health information technician
    • Health information data collection and analysis specialist
    • Medical coder/biller-analyst/auditor
    • Electronic health records (EHR) specialist
    • Compliance auditor/specialist
    • Patient care coordinator
    • Release of information specialist
    • Revenue cycle reimbursement specialist

    View Associate’s degree details

  • 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

    Sample job titles:

    • 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

    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

Credit by Assessment

Get credit for what you already know. Your potential savings could be over $8,000!7

Transfer Credits

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

Education Built for Working Adults

Fully Online

On the go or at home, you can complete courses at your pace, wherever you work best. You'll also get professional practice experience at a healthcare site.

Competency-Based Education (CBE)

Already have experience? Show what you know, move through your courses faster and master new skills.

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. You can save even more with transfer credits, loans, grants and more.

$260 cost per full-time credit
x 90 total credits
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$23,400  total full-time tuition
+ $4,920 total fees
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$28,320 full-time estimated total program cost

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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 Flex Choice® competency-based education, Credit by Assessment, transfer credits, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate 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.9 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.9

    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 2018–2028 is projected to grow much faster than average—at 32% versus an average of 5% for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.6 Medical records and health information technicians are projected to grow 11% from 2018–2028.6

  • What are AHIMA® Virtual Labs?

    Rasmussen College 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.5

  • 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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Accreditation

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

The Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree program at Rasmussen College – Online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Additional accreditation details

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
200 East Randolph Street
Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601
312-235-3255

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 Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rate Student Satisfaction Rate Programmatic Graduation Rate
Rasmussen College – Online Baccalaureate 86.1% 94% 32.2%
  1. Estimated total program cost for a full-time student. Rasmussen College defines transfer credit as previously earned college credit at an accredited two- or four-year college/university after graduating from high school. Bachelor completer programs assume at least 90 transfer credits or a conferred degree.
  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  3. The Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree program at Rasmussen College – Online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
    200 East Randolph Street
    Suite 5100
    Chicago, IL 60601
    312-235-3255
  4. Rasmussen College reserves the right to accept or deny credits according to policies outlined in the course catalog. Actual time to completion will be based upon transfer evaluation and eligibility.
  5. The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  7. Savings calculated from students enrolled at Rasmussen College who utilized Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment, which were offered for no additional charge when taken concurrently with traditional courses from May 2014 to January 2018. When completed, assessments reduced the number of traditional courses students were required to complete as part of their program. From the launch of Flex Choice Credit by Assessment in May 2014 through January 2018, 8,297 courses have been completed. Calculation: 8,297 courses x 3.2 credits per course = 26,550 credits. Cost per credit $250 x 26,550 credits = $6,637,500 in savings in the last four years. Since January 2017, we’ve been charging $99 per attempt 10,280 attempts since January 2017 x $99 = $1,017,720 in revenue. $6,637,500 savings - $1,017,720 revenue = $5,619,780 saved.
  8. Tableau is a registered trademark of Tableau Software, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries.
  9. AHIMA, “Health Information 101”. https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certifications-overview/career-tools/career-pages/health-information-101/. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  10. Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rates are based on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, as reported in the 2020 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 College 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.
  11. Student/Graduate Satisfaction Rates are for the time period 7/1/2018–6/30/2019, based on programmatic and institution surveys returned from program graduates.
  12. Programmatic Graduation Rates – Percentage of starts between May 2014 and April 2015 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 online Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  13. AHIMA® Virtual Labs are a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  14. The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) Exam is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Copyright © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  15. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) Exam is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Copyright © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  16. Most coding positions are not considered "entry level"; a combination of education and work experience is typically required to attain a coding position. Similarly, coders, especially those who are new to the field, should not expect to find a position where they can work from home. Most coding positions require onsite work.
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