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 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.

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 (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.

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