Health Information Management

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Business with a major 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

  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
First-Time Board Pass Rate 60% 75% 66.7%
Overall Board Pass Rate 60% 75% 66.7%
National Average Board Pass Rate 72% 71% 69%
Graduation Rate** 40% 40% 10%
Job Placement/Employment Rate* 100% 100% 80%

* 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

(40 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Electives 19
Total Semester Hours 40
Support Courses

(16 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BU 104 - Basic Computer Applications 3
BU 205 - Advanced Computer Applications 2
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 224 - Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
HM 324 - Disease Process 4
Total Semester Hours 16
Major Courses

(60 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
HM 108 - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
BU 240 - Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 260 - Data Management and Analytics 3
BU 310 - Revenue Cycle Management 3
BU 320 - Human Resources Management 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
HM 332 - Coding III: Principles of Coding 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 342 - Health Care Information Systems 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3
BU 425 - Project Management 3
HM 444 - Advanced Health Care Information Systems 4
BU 450 - Strategic Management 3
HM 460 - Advanced Data Management and Analytics 4
HM 477 - Health Information Administration Assessment 1
◊ HM 495 - Professional Practice Experience II 2
◊ BU 499 - Capstone 3
Total Semester Hours 60
Health Care Business Elective Courses

(12 of the following 27 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BU 121 - Survey of Economics 3
BU 130 - Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BU 199 - Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BU 210 - Business Communications 3
BU 211 - Business and Health Law 3
BU 306 - Principles of Management 3
BU 326 - Principles of Marketing 3
BU 344 - Business Finance 3
BU 371 - Organizational Behavior 3
Total Semester Hours 27

Total Semester Hours in Program 128

Tuition and Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$7,084 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,542 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Undergraduate Tuition$558 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $20 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $4 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ 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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