Accredited by CAHIIM

(Effective Fall 2017)

The Health Information Management major prepares students to manage health-care data and information resources. The curriculum provides education in planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing, and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data. Study includes the nature, structure, and translation of data into usable forms of information for the advancement of health and health care of individuals and populations. Students learn how to apply this information to the day-to-day activities of a health information manager. These activities include designing, implementing, and maintaining automated and manual health information systems; determining health information policies; developing the departmental budget; hiring, supervising, and evaluating employees; providing in-service education; serving on organizational committees; and assisting with research. Students are eligible to sit for a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam that is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as managed by The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), allowing students to distinguish themselves from non-credentialed individuals and improve their employment prospects.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

English/communications, biology with lab, anatomy and physiology, intermediate algebra, general business courses, keyboarding and introduction to computing.

Special Admissions Requirements

Current, valid RHIT certification. and/or graduate of a CAHIIM (or CAAHEP if graduated before CAHIIM became the accrediting body) approved associate degree program in Health Information. Other applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Remediation Strategies

Students are expected to remediate all English, reading and math deficiencies by the end of the first year.

Transfer Procedures

Health information workers who have earned an AAS degree in Health Information Technology from a CAHIIM (or 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 the 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 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 Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) entry-level competencies.
  • manage health care data according to established legal and accrediting agency guidelines and standards.
  • calculate, analyze, and manage health statistics and other health information for use by various health care professionals.
  • organize and coordinate quality management programs for use in health care decision making.
  • manage access and disclosure of confidential patient information.
  • implement and manage the use of technology for data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of health information, including computer-based patient record systems.
  • plan and implement various systems used to collect, store, analyze, and report health information.
  • develop human-relation skills and successfully apply those skills to a variety of business situations.
  • demonstrate knowledge of financial management principles.
  • apply project management techniques to ensure efficient workflow and appropriate outcomes.
  • recognize and develop the skills necessary for life-long learning.
  • apply information literacy to personal, professional, and other related areas.
  • develop critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • evaluate and use professional literature.
  • understand the fundamentals of good communications and apply those fundamentals in written, oral, and visual delivery methods.

Performance Standards

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.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
BHI Previous Health Information Courses 12  
HIT145 Compliance and Legal Issues in Health Information 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Second Semester Credits
BHI Previous Health Information Courses 12  
HIT223 Data and Information Governance 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third Semester Credits
BHI Previous Health Information Courses 6  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
HIT233 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth Semester Credits
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MHI Math Elective (MTH113 or Higher) 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
SPC Speech Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth Semester Credits
HIT311 Health Informatics 3  
HIT316 Clinical Issues in Health Information 2  
HRM300 Human Resource Management 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3  
or
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Sixth Semester Credits
HIT321 Managing Privacy and Security of Health Information 3  
HIT326 Health Care Data Analysis and Quality Management 3  
HIT Directed Health Information Elective 3  
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
ART Art Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Seventh Semester Credits
HIT411 Management of Electronic Health Records Systems 3  
HIT421 Health Care Finance and Budgeting 3  
HIT341 Health Care Leadership and Professionalism 3  
MIS350 Information Technology Project Management 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Eighth Semester Credits
HIT491 Management of Health Information Services 3  
HIT496 Health Information Senior Capstone 3  
HIT Directed Health Information Elective 3  
HTH382 Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Medicine 3  
OEA Open Elective / Associate 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15