The Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares graduates to provide leadership, strategic planning, management, and share health information knowledge with all parties within the health care industry.
HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology and understand the workflow in the health care provider organization, from large hospital systems to private physician practices. They are vital to the daily operations in the health care industry.
What is Health Information Management?
According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA),
HIM is a combination of business, science, and information technology.
HIM is the process of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information, which is vital to providing quality patient care.
Health information professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data. They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.
They also ensure that health information is classified and standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in health care.
Immaculata's HIM program cultivates graduates who can:
Manage patient health information
Collect and analyze patient data
Interpret coding and classification systems
Utilize clinical applications
Understand medical terminologies
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 22% rate of growth for general medical records and health information technicians between 2012 and 2022, which far outpaces the average for all other occupations in the United States.
For the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) day program, all courses for the degree, including both major requirements and the academic core, can be completed in four years by following the course sequence plan outlined for the program.
For the evening accelerated or online program offered through the College of LifeLong Learning (CLL), courses required for the major may be completed in two and a half years by following the course plan outlined, including courses in the fall, spring and summer.
View the curriculum and required courses for the B.S. in Health Information Management:
Students will complete an internship within the last two semesters of the program. The internship is designed to assist students in determining a desired area of employment and a focus for the research project, and to meet the professional practice experience requirements as outlined by CAHIIM.
Immaculata developed this program's curriculum according to the guidelines set by CAHIIM and is applying for candidacy status in CAHIIM. During the two years of candidacy status, the University will apply for full accreditation. CAHIIM allows graduates of a program in candidacy status to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination once accreditation is achieved.
After completing this program, the graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate personal leadership skills essential for success in the health care industry.
Develop and master effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Identify divisions, segments, and departments of the health care industry, the functions of each, and how they interact within the scope of the industry.
Recognize, apply, and assess information management theory specific to health care and health data management.
Build critical thinking, problem analysis, and evaluative application skills required in the health care and health information industries.
Demonstrate an understanding of health information classification, organization, retrieval and analysis of data.
Exhibit clarity and proficiency in the use of health care statistics, research and quality management.
Apply the principles governing health care privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical requirements within the health care and health informatics professions.