Health Information Management, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Health Information Management student

About this program

Health Information managers are responsible for managing all aspects of health information from patient registration, data collection, data validation, quality improvement, data mining and analytics, to data storage and retention. These professionals safeguard confidential health information and help their organizations comply with regulatory requirements related to data and information management.

Part-Time or Full-Time Options

1

of a Few Online Bachelor-Degree Programs in the Country

Accredited Program Prepares You For Your RHIA Exam

Careers

  • HIM systems manager
  • Data quality manager
  • Privacy officer
  • Quality improvement analyst
  • Health information manager
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Previous Health Information Courses (BHI)
  • Compliance and Legal Issues in Health Information (HIT145)
  • Data and Information Governance (HIT223)
  • Advanced Coding and Reimbursement (HIT233)
  • Health Informatics (HIT311)
  • Clinical Issues in Health Information (HIT316)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM300)
  • Managing Privacy and Security of Health Information (HIT321)
  • Health Care Data Analysis and Quality Management (HIT326)
  • Directed Health Information Elective (HIT)
  • Health Issues and Transitions (HTH310)
  • Management of Electronic Health Records Systems (HIT411)
  • Health Care Finance and Budgeting (HIT421)
  • Health Care Leadership and Professionalism (HIT341)
  • Information Technology Project Management (MIS350)
  • Management of Health Information Services (HIT491)
  • Health Information Senior Capstone (HIT496)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Medicine (HTH382)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Humanities Elective (HUM)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE)
  • Art Elective (ART)
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Math Elective (MTH113 or Higher) (MHI)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Liberal Arts Elective (COR)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Topics in Mathematics (MTH153) or
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
Student Experience

"The teachers were very professional and responsive and have professional experience in the industry – that makes all the difference in the world. You can’t get what you need to work in the industry out of a book all the time."

Joseph Travagline, Director of Operations, Centralized Credentialing Offfice, Johns Hopkins Health System

Health Information Management

Online Degrees

Learning that fits your lifestyle

Convenience

  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take classes part-time or full-time
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree

Value

  • 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)

Service

  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • No required campus visits
Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Health Information Association (HIA)

The Health Information Association is an active organization made up of students in enrolled in one of Penn College’s Health Information programs (Certified Coding Specialist, Health Information Technology, or Health Information Management). The club hosts social and educational events, such as visitng the Bodies Exhibit.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Applied Research

Your knowledge in practice

Health information management seniors apply their data management skills to complete a senior capstone survey project.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Committed and connected

At Penn College, there are lots of ways to learn beyond the classroom. Health information student Kathleen Baumer serves as the president of the college’s Health Information Association student club and was recently selected as a liaison to the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association.

Meet Kathleen

More Information

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.

Students must maintain a 'C' or greater in all HIT courses. This major uses an A, B, C, and F grading scale in all HIT courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy results in withdrawal from the major. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.

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 will receive 30 "Previous Health Information Program Credits" and credit for HIT145 and HIT233 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 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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Upon completion of the program, 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.

Academic Year Number of Graduates Employed
and/or Continuing their Education
Number of Graduates Placement Rate
2015-2016 7 8 87.5%

Note: Data is based on most recent data reported for the Annual Program Assessment Report to the program’s accrediting agency, CAHIIM.

  • 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111
lmarefka@pct.edu