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Health Informatics Degree Career Options

When you complete your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, you will have what you need to begin a potentially rewarding career. Your degree in Health Information Management (HIM) could open the door to one of these opportunities:

  • Health Information Management Clerk
  • HIM Technology Trainer
  • Health Information Technology Professional
  • Information Design Specialist

With Certification*:

  • Health Information Administrator
  • HIM Supervisor
  • Implementation Support Specialist
  • Document Imaging Supervisor
  • Clinical Data Specialist
  • EHR Implementation Specialist
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Research Coordinator
  • Customer Service Billing Representative
  • Practice Workflow and Implementation Specialist
  • DRG Validator
  • HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Data, Application or System Analyst
  • Documentation and Coding Specialist
  • Practitioner Consultant

* This program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs. Academic leadership will pursue programmatic accreditation for this program with CAHIIM after the program launches. The new Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) program is aligned with CAHIIM accreditation standards (sponsorship, mission and goals, faculty, resources and fair practice) for Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Health Information Management. By adhering to these standards, graduates of the BSHIM program will be prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam; however, eligibility for students to sit for the RHIA certification examination is not available until the program receives formal Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accreditation. 

Students should be aware that, if Ashford does not receive CAHIIM accreditation before they graduate, they will not be eligible to sit for the RHIA national certification exam.  Students also should know be aware that without the RHIA certification, their options in relation to employability and salary potential will be significantly reduced.
Successful completion of this program does not guarantee certification from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which may be a requirement for certain positions in this field. Prospective students are advised to regularly review the requirements for job postings in their intended field of employment, which are subject to change. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining employment in this field. 

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit Program Disclosures.
If a health information management degree fits your goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.

Why Choose a Career in Health Information?

Versatile Education
By studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals.

Dynamic Career Opportunities
You can enjoy lifelong learning and continued professional development thanks to constantly evolving regulations and technologies. On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await graduates.

Industries with an increased demand for health information professionals include academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare software companies. As health information technology (HIT) becomes more prevalent, health information practitioners will continue to be critical components of the electronic health record (EHR) workforce.

A career in HIM is right for you if you:

  • See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities,
  • Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients,
  • Enjoy science, but also want to deal with business, law, and technology,
  • Are eager to collaborate with physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators, and executives, and
  • Are capable of working with others and on your own.

The HIM program incorporates the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. HIM graduates can choose from an array of healthcare environments.

Job Settings
There are many possibilities in this growing field. As a Health Information Management graduate, you might find work in any of these environments:

  • Ambulatory surgery center
  • Behavioral or mental health provider
  • Consulting service
  • A school or other educational institution
  • Acute care hospital
  • Integrated healthcare delivery system
  • Long-term care
  • Clinic
  • Physician's private practice
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Regional Extension Center (REC)
  • Hospice organization
  • Biopharmaceutical company
  • Rehabilitation center

In a clinic, a physician's practice, or an acute care hospital, the HIM professional is responsible for managing day-to-day office operations, patient admission, insurance verification, record keeping, chart audits, and coding.

The role of Health Information Management is evolving to match the quickly changing healthcare environment. Traditional positions, such as Department Director/Supervisor or technical roles, are now joined by other positions with a focus on health informatics and information management. With the wide-spread implementation of the electronic health record, roles are expanding in areas other than healthcare facilities. The positions include electronic health record application development and implementation, data analytics, clinical documentation improvement, and research.

If a health information management degree fits your goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.