Health Information Management

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Length of Program:
10 semesters (full-time)

Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admission
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Degree Overview

The Clarkson College Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Business with major in Health Information Administration (HIA) option is designed for individuals who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree and are seeking certification as a registered health information administrator (RHIA). Whether entering the program with health information management experience or as someone new to the field, you will learn to fulfill the key responsibilities of a health information administrator, including how to thoroughly process, maintain, analyze and securely report patient health data across various health care systems.

Courses for the Bachelor’s degree in HIA option are offered 100% online and on a full- or part-time basis. If you have previously attended an accredited college or university, you may be able to transfer in relevant credit hours, allowing you to complete your degree in an accelerated format.

The HIM program has integrated early testing into the curriculum, enabling you to sit for your RHIA certification exam prior to graduating. As a certified RHIA, you will:

  • Be an expert in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies.
  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements, and standards related to health care delivery and the privacy of protected patient information.
  • Manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets.
  • Interact with all levels of an organization—clinical, financial, administrative and information systems—that employ patient data in decision-making and everyday operations.

Performance Outcomes

  2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
First-Time Board Pass Rate 66.7% 66.7% 60%
Overall Board Pass Rate 66.7% 66.7% 60%
National Average Board Pass Rate 69% 66% 55%
Graduation Rate** 10% 38% 45.4%
Job Placement/Employment Rate* 80% 100% 100%

* Employment rates taken from returned graduate surveys, employer surveys, and graduates report to program individually.

** Students tracked through completion of degree (7 years). 6-year average reported. Majority of students in program are part-time students.



The Health Information Management accreditor of Clarkson College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation for the Clarkson College Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration has been reaffirmed through 2027. 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

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

General Education Courses

(62 semester hours) IC, HU, EA courses and electives are offered in the 7.5-week or 6-week format or full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration) depending on the course.

Courses Semester Hours
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Electives 41
Total Semester Hours 62
Support Courses

(14 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
BU 110 - Microsoft Office Applications 4
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 224 - Anatomy and Physiology 4
HM 226 - Human Disease and Conditions 3
Total Semester Hours 14
Major Courses

(25 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration besides BU499 & HM477, which are only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3
◊ BU 499 - Capstone 3
HM 108 - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 340 - Healthcare Informatics 3
HM 360 - Compliance and Legal Applications 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
HM 477 - Health Information Administration Assessment 1
◊ HM 495 - Professional Practice Experience II 2
Total Semester Hours 25
Data Management Track Courses

(10 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
HM 215 - Data Management 3
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
HM 417 - Data Organization, Analysis, and Governance 4
Revenue Management Track Courses

(9 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Total Semester Hours in Program 120

Tuition and Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$7,962 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,981 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Undergraduate Tuition$651 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $124/ student
HM 108 AHIMA Membership bundled with book $49/ student
HM 368 Virtual Lab Subscription (bookstore) $195/ student
HM/BU - EHRGO Subscriptions (bookstore) $45 - 285/ each
HM 445/477 - Exam Bundled with Prep Book (bookstore) $375/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

$63,000, 2019

Job Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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