This program is designed for those with RHIT certification or graduates of an associate-degree program in health information, interested in management-related positions.
Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The online health information degree gives you the flexibility needed to balance your work, school, and home life. You’ll have 24/7 access to course materials, giving you the freedom to work from anywhere at any time.
As an online health information management student, you’ll learn:
Health care data management. Learn how to implement and manage the use of technology for data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of health information, including computer-based patient record systems.
Organization and coordination. Coursework includes training in planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing and disseminating clinical data in order to coordinate quality management programs for use in health care decision-making.
Healthcare Finance and budgeting. Learn financial principles in developing, budgeting, and managing resources used in healthcare settings, budgeting models and information systems, nurse administrator responsibilities in finance and budgeting, and the impact of private and public policies.
Management skills. Gain skills to develop departmental budget and health information policies, manage employees, and provide in-service education.
Critical thinking. Develop critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills to further your career.
Why choose an online degree?
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Online tutoring
- Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
- Graduates can participate in Commencement
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
- No required campus visits
- Application/Major Code: BHI – view in catalog
- School: Nursing & Health Sciences
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Total Credits: 131
Out-of-State Resident Tuition
- Starting fall 2017, any out-of-state student enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Students are eligible to sit for a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam that is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), allowing students to distinguish themselves from non-credentialed individuals and improve their employment prospects.
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on skills, education, and interests, some of the positions available include HIM department director; HIM system manager, data quality manager, information security officer, HIM college instructor, and consultant. Other job titles include privacy officer, compliance officer, health data analyst, patient information coordinator, physician practice manager, and director of quality management. Jobs in health information management are available in every state as well as internationally. A degree in health information management is portable, preparing graduates to work nearly anywhere.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $98,350 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $176,130.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||116,940||$57.95||$120,540|
|Offices of Physicians||40,490||$50.87||$105,810|
|Outpatient Care Centers||24,880||$49.74||$103,460|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||22,670||$44.59||$92,750|
|Home Health Care Services||20,020||$47.70||$99,220|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Graduation Placement Rate
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and/or Continuing their Education
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Note: Data is based on most recent data reported for the Annual Program Assessment Report to the program’s accrediting agency, CAHIIM.
Special Admissions Requirements
Current RHIT certification or graduate of a CAHIIM (or CAAHEP if graduated before CAHIIM became the accrediting body) approved associate degree in Health Information. Other applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Health information workers who have earned an AAS degree in Health Information Technology from a CAHIIM (previously CAAHEP) accredited institution and/or the RHIT credential will be accepted into the BHI degree. Their previous AAS work and/or credential will be credited toward the requirements in semesters one through four. These students may receive up to 39 "Previous Health Information Program Credits" by virtue of their RHIT credential or earned associate's degree. Any general education course requirements in semesters one through four that were not completed in the AAS degree must be completed as part of the BHI course work. All students entering the BHI major will be treated as transfer students, including students who graduated from Penn College's associate-degree Health Information major. All student transcripts will be evaluated by Admissions. All health information courses that meet program requirements and all general education/liberal arts courses that meet core College requirements for baccalaureate degrees will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. The transfer of health information credits is evaluated on an individual basis according to the program's policy. Students must have a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in courses transferred into the BHI major. All Penn College associate-degree requirements will apply toward bachelor-degree requirements.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.
Clubs & Activities
Health Information Association
Health Information Technology Advisory Committee
- Ms. Kathy Arner, LPN, RHIT, CCS, CPC, MCS, Program Integrity Investigator, Geisinger Health System
- Ms. Lori Biacchi, Consultant, Compliance Concepts, Inc.
- Mr. James L Bifano, Director, Health Information Services/Privacy Officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Ms. Erica D Donovan, MS, RHIA, Instructor, York College of Pennsylvania
- Ms. Diane Drajem, MHA, RHIA, CCS, VP Professional Services, Jersey Shore Hospital
- Ms. Linda Mignot, Administrative Director, Health Records, Susquehanna Health
- Ms. Dena Nyman, Director, Health Information, Geisinger Jersey Shore
- Ms. Amanda L Orzolek, '07, Specialty Coder & Physician Trainer, Susquehanna Valley Medical Specialties
- Ms. Laura J Rizzo, MHA, RHIA, Director, Health Information Management, Lancaster General Hospital
- Ms. Carol Yacko, RHIA, Director of Health Records, UMPC Susquehanna
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.