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Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

The only CAHIIM accredited baccalaureate program in North Carolina

The BS in Health Information Management (HIM) emphasizes the development of skills for managing health information and the systems that collect, store, retrieve, disseminate, and communicate said information to support organizational operations and clinical and business decision making. The curriculum is designed to help students develop the knowledge and tools necessary to become effective and efficient leaders in HIM. The HIM program is 126 semester hours, and will be offered both on campus and through distance education. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

What is Health Information Management?

HIM professionals work across a vast array of roles from analytical to project management to healthcare system management and governance roles. Learn more about the fast-growing, versatile field of the HIM profession at: http://www.ahima.org/about/him-awareness/him?tabid=abouthim .

Program Goals

The goal of the BS in HIM program is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and characteristics needed to successfully earn the Health Information Management (HIM) credential, the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

CAHIIM Accredited Program

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in Health Information Management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


Upon completion of the professional HIM curriculum, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Accurately collect, analyze and report healthcare data;
  2. Apply healthcare statistics and research to comprehensive health information analysis, including quality assessment and performance improvement;
  3. Apply legal and ethical standards to healthcare information requirements and standards;
  4. Demonstrate appropriate application of health information technology and systems to professional practice; and,
  5. Apply principles of organization and management to human resources and health information services decision making

The mission of the BS in HIM is to produce leaders in the discipline of Health Information Management who can transform and evaluate data to improve patient outcomes, support the consumer, advance healthcare delivery, and improve patient care.

Consider this degree if you have one of the following goals:

  • As a student who wants to be eligible to sit for the RHIA exam;
  • As a traditional student, you want a job as a manager in health care;
  • As a working, credentialed practitioner with an associate degree, you want to advance into managerial roles; or
  • As a candidate for a master's program in allied health, you want to meet the pre-requisites for the master's and also earn a baccalaureate degree with a job future.

Careers

The Career Map features in-depth information about the many career options for HIM professionals, and includes updated salary study results, job data, and self-assessments to measure if you are ready for a new role.

View Health Information Role Self-Assessments
View AHIMA Career Map

Economic Outlook

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is a fast-growing field in the health care industry. It is a program that combines clinical knowledge with information technology, business management, law, and finance. Because of this, degree-holders can choose from a range of job domains across the healthcare industry. If you are eyeing to take this program, an exciting career awaits you in the future as the demand for professionals in this field is expected to rise soon. In fact, the United States' Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs related to this degree will rise by 20 percent between 2008 and 2016.

References: What Can You Do with a Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management?

According to CNN Money

CNN Money just released its best jobs for 2015 and guess who's #27? Health Information Management Director:
Median pay: $81,900
Top pay: $121,000
10-year job growth: 23%
Source: CNN Money Best Jobs in America 2015 # 27/100

Health Informatics and Information Management professionals collect, integrate, and analyze primary and secondary health care data, disseminate information, and manage information resources related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of health care services.

View U.S. employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

For more information about careers in health information management, visit the American Health Information Management Association's Career & Student Center.