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B.S. Health Information Management

Fast Facts: Health Information Management Major

  • St. Scholastica is the first college in the country to grant both a bachelor's and master's degree in Health Information Management (HIM). Moreover, the college offers one the only four-year accredited programs in Minnesota.
  • Graduates of the HIM program are qualified to sit for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination. Graduates with the RHIA designation are highly qualified for key positions in various healthcare venues, including hospitals, clinics, and technology vendors.
  • Health information management is an ideal major for those who would like to work in a healthcare setting but not necessarily provide direct patient care. 

 Internship Options

  • Students in HIM take part in the Professional Practice Experience — a two-week program that takes them out of the classroom and into the healthcare work force.
  • The College coordinates Professional Practice Experiences for students based on the student's preferences related to setting and geographic location. 
  • St. Scholastica students are placed among dozens of possible clinical sites for their internships. Students have completed their Professional Practice Experiences in such locations as Seattle, Honolulu, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Tampa, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco in addition to Minnesota hospitals.

Health Information Career Outlook 

Extremely positive. Currently, labor statistics indicate there simply are not enough qualified professionals to keep up with the national demand for health information managers; this situation is expected to continue for quite some time. Due to the demands of the labor market and to St. Scholastica’s excellent reputation within this field, graduates of the health information management program boast a placement rate of nearly 100 percent within six months of graduation.

Program Outcomes

100 percent of employers indicate that the quality of program graduates have met their expectations. St. Scholastica HIM students have earned competitive scholarships from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Minnesota Chapter.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse BIO 2110 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Introductory study of anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate body with an emphasis on the human. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, and systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, body defense systems and the gross anatomy of musculature. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 1110 or BIO 1036.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2120 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 2110. Topics include gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the renal system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and endocrine system. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 2110.

Expand and Collapse BIO 3020 - Pathophysiology

Study of the general mechanisms of disease at the cellular and molecular levels, including abnormalities of fluid distribution, the inflammatory process, abnormal immune mechanisms, and neoplastic disease, followed by an application of the basic principles of pathologic processes to diseases of the neurologic, endocrine, reproductive, hematologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and digestive systems. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology.

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 3107 - Database Modeling

Provides an understanding of fundamental concepts in the management of data, hands-on experience with a small-scale database management system, and an awareness of the application of business data base management systems. Lab exercises involve use of a relational DBMS to load, update and retrieve information from a database. Prerequisite: CIS 1007.

Expand and Collapse CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis & Design

An in-depth focus on the five phases of the systems development life cycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, CASE tools and the use of Gantt and PERT charts. A sample project is introduced and is integrated using the SDLC methodology. Prerequisite: CIS 3107.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3211 - Classification Clinical Data

Introduction to classification systems utilized in collecting, maintaining and retrieving specified clinical data in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis on ICD-9 CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS coding of data by manual or computer methods; relationship of coding to reimbursement; specialized and emerging classifications and nomenclatures. Prerequisite: HIM 2101 &2102, HIM 2110 & 2111 and BIO 3020.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4222 - Clinical Data Management

Managing coded data in healthcare organizations; uniform data sets and healthcare informatics standards for health data collection; evaluation of data quality; DRGs, MS-DRGs and other case mix systems; revenue cycle management; data collection for enterprise; reportable and specialized databases; data mining of healthcare data. Prerequisite: HIM 3211.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4315 - Management Tools and Strategies

Problem solving and decision making techniques; performance and production monitors; tools and techniques for process improvement and workflow analysis; project management; financial management concepts essential for managing departmental operations; the healthcare financial environment; financial statements, capital and operational budgeting. Prerequisite: HIM 3311.

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

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. Prerequisite: HIM 4231, HIM 4232.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4423 - Applied Research in Health Information Management

This course focuses on the role of applied research in health care services, health informatics, and health information management. Topics include research design, research methods, evaluation and outcomes research, research process, data analysis, the data-to-information-to-knowledge continuum, and ethical issues in research. Students will analyze published research projects, develop a research proposal and data collection tool(s), prepare an IRB submission, conduct and present the results of an applied research study.

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 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.

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  • "Joining the HIM program has been an incredible experience for me. The faculty and staff are overwhelmingly helpful and generous with their time. Student success is truly at the heart of this program and has given me an extremely positive outlook on my future career."

    – Emily Jansen, '17

  • "As an undergraduate, I have already had so many professional opportunities through St. Scholastica's HIM program. This program really focuses on hands-on experiences to prepare us for our future careers. The faculty are so supportive and encouraging, and they are truly there to help us reach our full potential."

    – Allie Raich, ’17

  • "I've had a lot of people in the HIM field say, 'Oh you're from CSS. Great, you should apply here.' It's great to hear that just being from this program and learning from these people makes you stand out to employers so much."

    – Tiffany Hudack, '15