Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Online

  • Overview

    Get an education that helps you move into in-demand health care positions. Whether you are in the first stages of your college experience or have already completed some college-level coursework, this online Bachelor’s degree program can give you the health information management (HIM) courses you need, in a distance-learning format that makes earning your degree accessible.

    Want to learn more? Request more information to find out how this program can help you achieve your career goals.

    A CAHIIM-accredited Bachelor’s degree that flexes to your schedule

    This BS Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    As a Health Information Management student in this program, you will be able to:

    • Study online — wherever, whenever: Enjoy Saint Joseph’s close-knit learning community without having to relocate. The program includes weekly deadlines to keep you on track.
    • Gain insight into current, real-world application of HIM topics: Faculty have professional experience directly in the field of health information management.
    • Apply your workplace experience to your studies (and vice versa): Curriculum allows students to incorporate prior or current work experience into their studies.
    • Earn RHIA and AHIMA credentials: Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam and become credentialed through the American Health Information Management Association ( AHIMA).
    • Apply existing credits when you transfer: Students who have earned some college credits (such as an Associate’s degree in Health Information Technology) may be able to apply those to finishing their bachelor’s degree. Check with online admissions to learn more about credit transfer.

    Ready for the next stage of your career? Apply now.

  • Student Stories
    • Michael Lee, Lead Specimen Procurement

      “Balancing work, life, and school can be demanding, but Saint Joseph's has been wonderful!”

    • Ellen Solomon, Quality Management Assistant

      “The professors are very encouraging. I recently returned to college and they made it an easy transition.”

    • William Culp, U.S. Navy Corpsman

      “Amazing! One of my best college experiences.”

  • Curriculum

    What courses are required for the Health Information Management program?

    This online HIM degree program (128 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.

    Fast-track program

    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.

    Have a specific question about what this program involves? Contact our online admissions office.

  • Career outlook:

    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.

  • FAQs

    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.

    Develop your HIM expertise 

    Your future in health care starts today. Request more information to learn about enrolling in a career-building degree program, or apply now and take the next step. Meanwhile, make sure to follow our blog to stay on top of health administration industry insights.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Twila Weiszbrod

      Online Health Administration Program Director

      DBA, Northcentral University
      MPA, California State University, Fresno
      BS, Saint Joseph's College

      Learn more about Twila

    • Kevin (Michael) Harrington

      Online Health Information Management Faculty

      MATS, St. Charles Seminary
      MSHA, Independence University (formerly California College for Health Services)

      BS, La Salle College

      Learn more about Kevin

    • Michelle Knighton

      Online Health Information Management Faculty

      MBA, Stephens College
      BS, Indiana University

      Learn more about Michelle

    Twila Weiszbrod

    Online Health Administration Program Director

    DBA, Northcentral University
    MPA, California State University, Fresno
    BS, Saint Joseph's College

    Learn more about Twila

    Kevin (Michael) Harrington

    Online Health Information Management Faculty

    MATS, St. Charles Seminary
    MSHA, Independence University (formerly California College for Health Services)

    BS, La Salle College

    Learn more about Kevin

    Michelle Knighton

    Online Health Information Management Faculty

    MBA, Stephens College
    BS, Indiana University

    Learn more about Michelle