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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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  • "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