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Program Outcomes

92 percent of B.S. in HIM graduates responding to the College graduate survey are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation


100 percent of those who apply to graduate school are accepted


85 percent retention rate overall for B.S. in HIM students

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Curriculum | Online B.S. HIM

The B.S. in Health Information Management program curriculum emphasizes the application of technology to the practice of HIM. It also focuses on building lifelong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as well as written and verbal communication skills.

The focus of the curriculum is to produce leaders in the field of health information management.  Students are given opportunities throughout the curriculum to develp the leadership skills that will help them uphold the leadership tradition of the program.

Program requirements

As part of the educational requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in HIM, students are required to complete courses with a grade of C or better.

To earn a Health Information Management bachelor's degree from The College of St. Scholastica you will need:

  • 128 earned semester credits
  • 32 of the 128 semester credits earned through The College of St. Scholastica
  • 42 of the 128 upper-division credits (numbered 3000 or above)
  • Students are required to participate in a Professional Practice Experience — HIM 4555 near the end of their program. 

Included in the total credits are:

  • Technical-level HIM courses transferred from HIT program, when applicable
  • HIM courses earned via the online undergraduate HIM program.
  • General education/liberal arts courses earned through St. Scholastica or a local college.
  • Elective credits.
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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse BIO 2005 - Essential Anatomy and Physiology

A semester course that combines essential topics of anatomy & physiology for Health Informatics & Information Management students. Topics include: Chemistry/Cell Biology Basics and the anatomy & physiology of the Integumentary, Circulatory, Nervous, Musculo-Skeletal, Urinary, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.

Expand and Collapse BIO 3005 - Concepts in Pathophysiology

A semester course on pathophysiology that is necessary background for students in the Health Information Management undergraduate program. Topics include: Chemistry/Cell Biology Basics, Neoplasia, Pathophysiology of the Circulatory, Nervous, Musculo-Skeletal, Urinary, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.

Expand and Collapse CIS 1001 - Computer Science Principles

Focuses on engaging students in activities that show how computing changes the world. By learning the central ideas of computer science and computational thinking, students will learn to be creative, collaborative, and innovative in developing technical solutions to problems. The course includes learning to create mobile apps to solve those problems, examining how computing has impacted society, and analyzing large data sets.

Expand and Collapse CIS 3205 - Information Systems

Explores the ways computer-based information technologies and systems are used to address specific organizational needs. Students will become familiar with the terms, concepts, and issues in information technology management; become involved in the process of developing and modifying information systems which support crucial problem solving and decision-making in organizations; and conduct data analysis using common techniques.

Expand and Collapse CIS 4108 - Project Management

An introduction to project management and the supporting techniques and tools. The course exposes students the project management process, the deliverables produced while managing a project, and the collaborative nature of the project environment.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2101 - Medical Language

Studies terminology common to medicine; utilizing word elements as a basis for building medical terms and analyzing meanings; defining, pronouncing, and spelling commonly used medical terms; conversion of layman’s terms to appropriate medical terminology. In addition, terminology of specific medical allied health specialties (surgery, dentistry, radiology, etc.) and abbreviations are reviewed.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2110 - Concepts & Principles of HIM

Introduces the field of health information management. Content areas include an overview of the electronic patient record, professional roles within the field, professional organizations and the professional Code of Ethics; the content and structure of manual, computerized and hybrid health record and the standards that govern the development of the record within a health care facility; viewing medical documents and e-forms. Hands-on lab experience will be used by students to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2111 - HIM Technologies in Practice

Applies technology to HIM practice including electronic health records, clinical information systems, and management information systems in HIM. Hands on experience with electronic systems and technology applications for creating, managing, and storing and retrieving electronic health data will be used by students to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3132 - Medicolegal Issues

Study of the U.S. judicial system; hospital, medical staff and other professional liability; health information as evidence; consent for treatment; retention and release of medical information; the health record as a legal document; risk management, prevention and potential; confidentiality of health information; and a patient's right to know.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3211 - Classification Clinical Data

Focuses on the roles of classification systems, vocabularies, terminologies, and clinical and administrative data standards in the healthcare setting. Topics include the utilization, collection, maintenance, and retrieval of specified health vocabularies and data in healthcare facilities. The course will also focus on the relationship between the systems and processes for standardization in health information exchange. Prerequisite: HIM 2101 and BIO 3020.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4231 - Clinical Quality Management

Calculates meaningful clinical, administrative, vital, and public health statistics; addresses medical staff organization and function; evaluation of patient care; clinical information analysis; integrated quality improvement activities; patient safety; case management; utilization management; risk management; and performance improvement processes.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4315 - Management Tools and Strategies

Focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, and strategies utilized in managing operations within a performance improvement model. It includes problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the available resources which comprise a Health Information Service.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4415 - Health Data Analytics

Provides a foundation for designing databases and analyzing healthcare data to enhance clinical and administrative decision-making. Topics include database management, data analysis, data reporting, SQL, statistics, data mining, and data visualization. Students will have practical experience with software applications used in the healthcare industry.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4421 - Alternative Health Record Syst

Analyzes health record content and format; regulatory and accreditation requirements; privacy & security requirements, data standards and classification systems; computerized information systems; reimbursement and compliance issues; quality measures and reporting, and current trends and issues in a variety of types of primary healthcare settings.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4520 - Directed Practice

Directed Practice is a component of the professional practice experience for distance/online program with no or minimal current work experience in health information services. The focus is on the common functions, procedures and staffing requirements in hospital-based health information services. Prerequisite: HIM 2110 and HSC 2203.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4555 - Professional Practice Experience

This is a supervised professional practice experience (internship) that includes managerial or other related professional practice roles and experience in health information management departments and other health information related areas. Hospitals, medical centers, clinics and alternative healthcare facilities across the United States are used. An administrative project, visits with users of health information (finance, decision support, registries, etc.) or unique healthcare facilities or agencies are an integral component of the clinical internship.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4556 - Seminar in Health Information Management

Seminar is a student-centered experience revolving around internship experiences. Students discuss and present professional practice experiences; share learning experiences, and present project work. In addition, employment preparation and career opportunities are a focus. HIM professionals in unique career settings are invited to interact with the students. Preparation for the credentialing examination is explored to help the student transition successfully into the professional world. Prerequisite: HIM 4555 or HIM 4530, 4540, 4550.

Expand and Collapse HSC 2203 - U.S. Healthcare System

Covers the history and development of the healthcare system in the United States; health in society today; types of healthcare institutions and services, organizational structure, roles of healthcare professionals and functions of hospitals and other health facilities; accountability in healthcare and the role of government in healthcare, introduction to current models of health financing.

Transferring credits

The College of St. Scholastica will accept credits in transfer from any post-secondary accredited college or university. Grades earned must be a C or better for transfer. To transfer credits an official transcript must be sent directly to St. Scholastica. An unofficial Transcript Review will be provided.  

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