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Health Information Management Degree Online Bachelor's in HIM

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Register By: December 31 Classes Start: January 02

Earn a HIM Degree Online

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Program accredited by CAHIIM
  • Transfer up to 90 credits for previous college & HIM certifications
  • Gain real-world, practical field experiences
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
  • Provides education requirements to sit for RHIA exam

Online Health Information Management Degree Program Overview

Build your skill set and gain valuable professional practice experience with SNHU's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Information Management degree online. This program is ideal for someone just beginning their studies in health information and for professionals wanting a structured field experience as part of their online HIM curriculum.

“Health information management is the information hub for all patient data,” said Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions at SNHU. “They house all of the information from the lab, surgery, insurance companies, registries and more.”

Through specialized studies and a professional practice experience (PPE), you'll learn the technology, terminology and professional skills required for a career in health information management. You'll also receive valuable exposure to a professional healthcare setting, helping position you for success in a competitive field.

The bachelor's in health information management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

As a CAHIIM-accredited program, our curriculum is built to prepare you for real-world success. “CAHIIM really sets the bar for academic programs in health information management,” said Lynn Ward, associate dean of health professions at SNHU.

In addition to helping you develop practical skills and experiences employers want to see, the program also meets eligibility requirements to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam – which can help you open up even more opportunities for advancement.

Learn how to:

  • Apply health data structure, standards and regulations to manage clinical classification systems and reimbursement
  • Analyze the uses, risks and management of health statistics and biomedical research data and support performance improvement programs
  • Interpret and apply current laws regulations, policies and healthcare ethics as they relate to decision-making in healthcare delivery and systems
  • Implement and manage hardware and software technologies to ensure effective data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of information
  • Evaluate information system applications for their capacity to meet the needs of healthcare organizations
  • Use current management principles to propose solutions and develop project management plans that solve organizational challenges

Use HIM certifications to earn your degree faster. At SNHU, you can get credit for having your Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) certification from AHIMA. The credits you earn could save you up to $960 in tuition and 8 weeks of time on your HIM bachelor's program. Learn more about getting credit for HIM certifications.

This program is not open to students living outside of the US or intending to relocate outside of the US, with the exception of students residing on US Military bases.

Career Outlook

The increased use of patient data to inform better treatment plans and improve patient outcomes has created strong opportunities for employment in health information management. In addition, recent federal regulations requiring healthcare organizations to utilize and secure electronic health records seem to be accelerating job growth for years to come.

Darla Branda with the text Darla Branda“It’s a really growing field. There’s lots of opportunity,” said Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions at SNHU. “It’s been a very steady incline in growth and it’s going to continue to be that way, especially as our population continues to age and live longer.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for educated medical records and health information specialists will grow 9% through 2030.1 In addition, jobs for medical and health services managers are projected to grow 32% through 2030 – far faster than the national growth rate for all occupations.1

SNHU's online HIM degree and professional practice experience provide a solid foundation for this growing discipline. As a CAHIIM-accredited program, the online BS in Health Information Management also meets the requirements needed to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.

 John Mann with the text  John MannFor many looking to advance in their field, CAHIIM accreditation – and the RHIA exam – are crucial. In fact, this was the deciding factor for John Mann '21.

"SNHU’s reputation for high-quality online learning was what caught my attention," he said. "But the fact that the HIM program is accredited by CAHIIM really made the decision for me."

The skills Mann learned in the HIM program are also what helped him get the job he wanted.

“After graduation, I was given the opportunity to move within my healthcare organization to an IT position,” Mann said. “I get to do IT things, but I’m also involved with the clinical side on projects. I’m gaining knowledge of their electronic health record workflows so I can see how we can automate repetitive tasks and support the providers’ needs with electronic solutions. This is where I bridge my healthcare experience, HIM and EHR knowledge to provide really innovative solutions.”

Offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a leading authority on health information, the RHIA certification follows today's industry standards and best practices to help prepare professionals in the field.

RHIA certification can also lead to higher earning potential. According to a 2019 survey by AHIMA, HIM professionals who earn credentials often have higher salaries.2 The value of an RHIA certification also appears to grow substantially over time. The survey notes that the average salary for those who get their RHIA certification after 1-2 years is $57,930; in 7-10, that number jumps to $70,770 – a 22% increase.2

With a bachelor's in health information management, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of health-related careers. Job titles include: clinical information specialist, database administrator, implementation support specialist, public health information analyst and health information analyst, specialist and manager.

Upon graduating, you'll have the skills you need to work in various health settings, including:

  • Hospitals and healthcare-related organizations
  • Physician offices
  • Long-term care and ambulatory care facilities
  • Insurance and pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical manufacturers and governmental healthcare agencies
  • Behavioral health organizations

Within hospitals, there are myriad departments and opportunities for which the HIM professionals and their skill set is in demand, such as licensure and accreditation, information systems, data analytics, revenue and reimbursement, quality improvement, privacy and compliance, and, of course, HIM.3

But one of the unique perks of earning your degree in HIM is the opportunity to pursue roles in the non-provider realm. Those with an HIM skillset could, for example, pursue paths with consulting companies, law firms, or healthcare technology companies delivering cloud-based software in the areas of financial planning, analytics, and performance – and that's just scratching the surface of opportunity for professionals in this field.3

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Health Information Management Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Our health information management bachelor's program will combines the technology, health science, and business courses that you need to be prepared for a career in health information management.

Students will participate in a professional practice experience (PPE), which is an internship, at an organization that collects and manages patient health data. You can choose from a variety of organizations to complete your PPE (including, but not limited to): acute, ambulatory, behavioral health, chiropractic medicine, dental medicine, home health, hospice, and veterinary medicine.

The PPE, which must be US based, allows students to apply theory and principles they learn throughout the program to real-world situations in the HIM workplace. As part of this experience, you'll observe and learn from a professional in the field who serves as your mentor.

While professional practical experiences (PPE) are a big part of the online BS in Health Information Management, practical application is baked into every part of the program – even the weekly coursework.

"This program exceeded my original expectations," said John Mann '21. "The assignments and course projects have real-world scenarios which pushed me to learned so many new things. In working with an Enterprise EHR, the classes really opened my eyes to the power of the relational database management behind the scenes."

Beyond the tools he used, Mann praises the instructors that helped him through his courses.

"I am grateful for having been able to learn from all my SNHU instructors and professors," he said. "In every subject, they were able to build knowledge through exploration of real-world scenarios. They also provided wonderful materials around IT, HIM, revenue cycle, coding rules, compliance, human resources and inclusion."

Melissa Smith '21 agreed.

"The instructors were amazing, they were always willing to push you further and made sure you knew they were there if you needed help," she said. "The resources they used and general knowledge made the entire experience worth it."

Kim Coffey with the text Kim CoffeyAnd it wasn't just the instructors who had her back, either.

"Choosing SNHU was easy for me between the dedicated advisors who were always there to help guide me and encouraged me to keep going," she said.

Kim Coffey, an internship administrator at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), said, “Essentially, we want our students to leave SNHU with a more tangible idea of what the career field is really like."

Heidi Nolan with text Heidi NolanFor Heidi Nolan '19, a graduate of the BS in Health Information Management program, that's exactly what happened.

During her PPE, she worked with Nevada Health Centers to figure out why less than half of 25,000 Medicaid patients weren't receiving regular care.

Combining research of high-risk populations in each sector, and drawing from a case study she learned about in her Health Information Concepts, Principles and Practices textbook, Nolan found a solution: As a way to incentivize visits, send buses to patients and offer free dental exams and mammograms.

Not only did she get the opportunity to help craft the strategic plan for her idea – she presented her findings to executive staff.

"What I did for my internship was a much higher level than working in medical records," Nolan said. "I’ve learned how to problem solve and basically assess what needs to be fixed."

In addition to hands-on learning, the health information management degree is designed to align with industry standards. Coursework is based on the curriculum principles established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) and curriculum competencies identified by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Learn more about AHIMA competencies.

As a CAHIIM-accredited online program, SNHU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management prepares learners to meet the educational competencies required of a health information management (HIM) professional. Graduates of SNHU’s BS in Health Information Management program meet the educational requirements to sit for the RHIA certification exam.

“(The CAHIIM accreditation) lends credibility to the quality of our curriculum and signifies that our program has the resources and support in place to deliver a high-quality learning experience for our students,” Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions, said.

One of the eligibility requirements to sit for the RHIA exam is that students must have graduated from a program accredited through CAHIIM.

Lynn Ward with the text Lynn Ward“[The RHIA credential] is becoming more prevalent in the industry," said Lynn Ward, associate dean of health professions. "More and more employers are recognizing the RHIA credential, so it really helps [graduates] with job search.”

If your goals include a master's degree, SNHU offers the full pathway for HIM professionals with an online master's in health information management. The MS in HIM is the ideal next step for continued study of graduates of the bachelor's in health information management program or those looking to build on their skills and experience.

Our Program Mission:

Prepare students for a career in health information management, fostering creative problem-solving solutions using innovative technology and the guiding principles of managing patient health data, while adhering to the HIM professional code of ethics.

The program's mission and goals form the basis of program planning, implementation and is compatible with the mission of the Nursing and Health Professions (NHP) department and the university as a whole. The program's mission and goals are outcome-focused and measurable to improve program health and address any disparity in the curriculum.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources
  • General education courses: All online bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

BS Health Information Management Achievement Data

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

The Health Information Management accreditor of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). SNHU’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200  East Randolph Street, Suite 5100,Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

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