What courses are required for the Health Information Management program?
This online HIM degree program (120 total credits) integrates general education courses with courses specific to health information management. Graduates are prepared to manage patient health information and health records, administer computer information systems, analyze patient data and gain knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards.
General Education Core – 36 credits
Saint Joseph’s general education requirements reflect the college’s vision and mission, helping students ground their major course of study in an ethical and moral framework while developing foundational skills in communication, citizenship and critical thinking.
HIM Core – 51 credits
Major core courses include topics that range from general health administration to specifics in coding, health data management, statistics and research, compliance and ethics and information protection.
Advanced Practicum – 3 credits
Students will seek out an on-site health care Professional Practice Experience (PPE), completing 60 hours of work on a health care site and 60 hours in a virtual lab, for a total of 120 hours.
General Electives – 38 credits
Elective course options include a variety of courses that give students an introduction to topics related to HIM. Example courses include Long-Term Care Administration, Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration and Emergency Preparedness. In many cases, a completed Associate’s degree in Health Information Technology will satisfy general elective requirements.
Want a fast track to your Master’s degree in Health Administration (MHA)? If you know you want to build toward a career in health care administration, earning a BS in Heath Information Management can help you get there. Students pursuing their MHA can substitute up to 12 credits of MHA courses in lieu of comparable undergraduate courses, helping you earn your master’s degree faster.
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What you can do with a Health Information Management degree
As health care organizations become increasingly complex, they are looking for employees equipped to take on a variety of HIM roles that require a bachelor’s degree. These include HIM directors, coders, billers, abstractors and other functions related to health information.
Are employers hiring in this profession? Yes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical records and health information technicians are expected to grow at the faster-than-average rate of 13% by 2026. As the need for entry-level positions grows, so will the need for applicants with strong business and management skills who can lead growing HIM teams.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Bachelor of Science in HIM online program
How long does it take to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management?
If a student is enrolled full time and is entering the field with no pre-existing college credits, this program can be completed in approximately four years. The online format allows students to pursue a course load that works for their own schedules; therefore, the timeline can vary from student to student.
Why is the CAHIIM accreditation important?
Accreditation is used to ensure academic programs are developed with the highest quality standards in a field of study. Program accreditation by CAHIIM is necessary for students to be eligible for AHIMA certification exams in the field of HIM. Becoming AHIMA-certified also positions HIM professionals for greater earning potential and career advancement. Therefore, if you are looking to expand your professional opportunities in the HIM field, pursuing a CAHIIM-accredited degree program is important.
Are internships a required part of the program?
Yes. The 3-credit Advanced Practicum is a required part of the BS HIM program. Students must identify a local health care site and site manager for this Professional Practice Experience (PPE), meet all physical clearance requirements for that health care site (i.e., TB test, current immunizations and background check) and purchase access to the virtual lab. The student is responsible for completing required tests and virtual lab access at their own expense.
BSHIM Student Achievement Data as of FY2018
- RHIA Exam Results: NA – one graduate student that has not yet taken the exam
- Attrition and Retention: 49%
- Graduation Rate: 3% (it is a new program and only one student as graduated thus far)
- Job Placement Rate: 100% (one graduate obtained a new position)
- Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 0 (0nly one student has graduate thus far)
- Successful Transfer of Credit: 88% of students transferred in credits, with an average of 66.43 credits transferred
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