Health Information Management

Degree Awarded:
Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Administration

Length of Program:
6 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admission
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Degree Overview

The Clarkson College Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration (HIA) option is designed for individuals who have previously earned a bachelor's degree from another accredited institution and are seeking certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). This program will prepare you to fulfill the key responsibilities of a health information manager, including how to process, maintain, analyze and securely report patient health data across various health care systems.

Courses are offered 100% online and on a full- or part-time basis. Clarkson College accepts general education transfer credits from other accredited colleges or universities, allowing you to complete the HIM program in as few as four semesters.

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.

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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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration

Support Courses

(14 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 weeks or 6 weeks 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
Health Information Major Courses

(35 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 weeks or 6 weeks 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 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HM 340 - Healthcare Informatics 3
HM 360 - Compliance and Legal Applications 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
HM 417 - Data Organization, Analysis, and Governance 4
HM 477 - Health Information Administration Assessment 1
◊ HM 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
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

Source:, 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, 2017

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