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

  2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
First-Time Certification Pass Rate* 66.7%
Overall Certification Pass Rate* 66.7%
National Average Certification Pass Rate* 66% 55% 62%
Graduation Rate** 43%
Job Placement/Employment Rate*** 100%

* Certification pass rate is measured by the number of graduates that have successfully completed either their professional licensing examination or national certification examination. The national certification examination for this degree is the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.

** Graduation rates for this program are measured at GR 150. This refers to the percentage of a school’s eligible students who complete their degree/certificate program within 150% of the published time for the certificate/degree program.

***  Employment rates are taken from returned graduate surveys, alumni surveys, employer surveys, and individual graduate’s reports to the program.




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 Courses

(76 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BU 110 (BUS 110) - Microsoft Office Applications 4
EN 101 (ENG 101) - English Composition I 3
EN 102 (ENG 102) - English Composition II 3
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
HM 180 (HIM 180) - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 224 (HIM 224) - Anatomy and Physiology 4
HM 226 (HIM 226) - Human Disease and Conditions 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
MA 130 (MAT 130) - College Algebra 3
ST 310 (MAT 310) - Statistics 3
Electives 50
Total Semester Hours 76
Core Courses

(9 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
IC HU EA (ICC HUM EEA) - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA (ICC HUM EEA) - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA (ICC HUM EEA) - Healthcare Core Courses 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Health Information Major Courses

(35 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BU 335 (BUS 335) - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
BU 375 (BUS 375) - Concepts of Leadership 2
BU 411 (BUS 411) - Operations and Quality Management 3
◊ BU 499 (BUS 499) - Capstone 3
HM 108 (HIM 108) - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 218 (HIM 218) - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
HM 333 (HIM 333) - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HM 340 (HIM 340) - Healthcare Informatics 3
HM 360 (HIM 360) - Compliance and Legal Applications 3
◊ HM 368 (HIM 368) - Professional Practice Experience I 2
HM 417 (HIM 417) - Data Organization, Analysis, and Governance 4
HM 477 (HIM 477) - Health Information Administration Assessment 1
◊ HM 495 (HIM 495) - Professional Practice Experience II 2
Total Semester Hours 35

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.


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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$8,202 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$4,101 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Undergraduate Tuition$671 / 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 $140/ student
IDI Cultural Assessment Fee $40/ student
HIM 108 AHIMA Membership bundled with book $49/ student
HM 368 Virtual Lab Subscription (bookstore) $195/ student
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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