The bachelor's and master's degree programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
100 percent of employers surveyed in 2014 indicate that the quality of program graduates have met their expectations.
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Traditional undergraduate HIM students must first be accepted to St. Scholastica. Visit our traditional undergraduate admissions section for more information.
Students apply to the Health Information Management Program during spring semester of their sophomore year. Admission to the program is based on a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, grade of C (2.0) in all courses required by the major, and completion of the department's admission process, including a panel interview.
Wondering what classes are offered when? Visit our online course schedule and current catalog.
Interested in transferring to St. Scholastica's Health Information Management program? You probably have a lot of questions. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help guide you through this process.
The Professional Practice Experience for our traditional students consists of a three-week placement in a regional hospital, a two-week experience in a large medical center, ambulatory clinic or specialized facility and a one-week exploration of non-traditional HIM practice. Our students have enjoyed experiences in Seattle, Honolulu, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco as well as in Minnesota-based settings. You'll have the opportunity to choose among dozens of excellent sites across the nation.
SHIMA promotes education and social interaction among students interested in health information management and provides an opportunity for involvement in community service.
As a service to our students and alumni, we will post any job openings we are aware of. We generally are not informed when positions are filled so some of the older postings may not be current.
Nationally, the demand for health information managers far exceeds the number of qualified professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will grow by 21% over the next decade, which is faster than average. As an RHIA you can expect an entry-level salary in the lower $40,000 range.
Because of the reputation of our graduates, you can expect excellent placement opportunities. St. Scholastica alumni can be found from Maine to California in a variety of positions inside and outside the hospital setting. Some examples of those positions include:
Anna Koland '05
Health Information Management Supervisor
Columbia Park Medical Group
Katie Engesser '03
Health Information Specialist
Gunderson Lutheran Hospital
Michelle Mathieu, RHIA '95
Director Health Information Service & Quality Improvement
Northern Maine Medical Center
Fort Kent, ME
Daniel Pothen, MS, RHIA '98
Deloitte and Touche
Los Angeles, CA
Amber Johnson, RHIA '00
Excellian Team Leader - HIM
Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Mara Anderson, RHIA '04
Operations Manager - HIM
Melissa Yang, '04
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
St. Paul, MN
Katherine Miller, RHIA '01
Record Technology Manager
Hennepin County Medical Center
Course numbers and descriptions are currently being finalized and will be added soon. Check back for more information.
Introduction to cell biology, intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences (biology majors take BIO 1110 and 1120). Topics include the study of structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; study of the structure, function and behavior of cells; an introduction to cellular metabolism. 2 class hours.
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.
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.
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.
Overview of quality management principles; supervisory management related specifically to managing health information services; employee selection, training and development; labor relations and employee relations; managing difficult employees and implementing disciplinary policies; employee performance; evaluation and compensation. Prerequisite: HIM 2110.
Coding hospital outpatient and physician office records using the CPT/HCPCS coding system; reimbursement issues related to ambulatory/outpatient coding.. Prerequisite: HIM 3211.
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.
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.
Clinical Visits is a component of the professional practice experience for students in the distance/online program. Students visit and learn about the information systems in specialty or unique non-hospital settings, agencies or facilities. Prerequisites: Permission of HIIM Department.
Administrative Project is a component of the professional practice experience for students in the distance/online program. The focus is on defining and conducting a faculty-approved practice-related project with the support of an on-site mentor. Prerequisites: Permission of HIIM Department.
Management Affiliation is a component of the professional practice experience for distance/online students. It provides a supervised professional practice experience that focuses on management or other approved practice environment. The Management Affiliation can be completed in hospitals, medical centers, clinics or other alternative settings across the United States. Prerequisites: Permission of the HIIM Department.
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.
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.