Health Information Management

Earn Your Health Information Management Degree Online

The Ashford University Health Information Management program prepares graduates to enter the healthcare industry well-versed in health information management, health data management, and management of health information services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information managers are among the fastest-growing occupations.*

If you want to work in the health care industry, but don’t want to care for people directly, then this degree might be for you. With a broad healthcare background, graduates will seek employment in all levels of healthcare and interact with a wide spectrum of other healthcare professions.  In this online degree program, the curriculum blends the disciplines of management, finance, information technology, medicine and law into one program.

Online Health Information Management Bachelor’s Degree Focus

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting the medical information that’s vital to providing patient care, and providing the data that health professionals need in order to provide quality care. HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest technology and understand the workflow of healthcare providers, from large hospital systems to the private practice. They are vital to daily operations and managing electronic health records. The learning outcomes of this online degree program are aligned with the competencies set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Criminal Convictions

Applicants are advised that healthcare organizations (hospitals, home health agencies, clinics and other types of health agencies) may require a background check for any student completing a Professional Practice Experience as well as for employment.

Professional Practice Experiences

Students earning the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree will complete two Professional Practice Experiences, one that is virtual and one that is a combination of virtual and onsite at a facility. As part of the second Professional Practice Experience embedded in HIM 495, students will complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised Professional Practice Experience at an approved facility. The 40 hours must be completed, during normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5 PM while they are enrolled in HIM 495. Students can only complete their Professional Practice Experiences in states where this program is available.

Memberships

Students should also be aware that they will be required to pay for other memberships and fees to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in order to successfully complete this program. 

Curriculum Updates

Healthcare is an ever changing field and the program curriculum is updated approximately every five years, as required by CAHIIM. Students are encouraged to stay continuously enrolled and complete the national certification exam right after graduation from this program. Eligibility for students to sit for the AHIMA Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification examination is not available until the program receives formal CAHIIM accreditation.

Special Terms and Conditions:

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.

* Medical Records and Health Information Technicians. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm, June 25, 2104.