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Health Information Management

Fast Facts: Health Information Management

  • 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 the only four-year accredited program 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 have direct contact with patients.  

 Internship Options

  • Students in HIM take part in the Professional Practice Experience — a four-week program that takes them out of the classroom and into the healthcare work force. Students have the chance to spend one week working at a regional hospital, two weeks at a larger medical center, ambulatory clinic or specialized facility, and a final week exploring non-traditional HIM practice sites.
  • 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 Sciences 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.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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 1007 - Introduction to Databases

The course emphasizes the use of the computer as a tool to manipulate data and produce information. It includes a practical application software emphasis that highlights the use of databases. Students will learn how to create tables, forms, queries, reports and macros using a small-scale database management system. Prerequisites: None.

Expand and Collapse CIS 1008 - Introduction to Spreadsheets

The course emphasizes the use of the computer as a tool to manipulate data and produce information. It includes a practical application software emphasis that highlights the use of spreadsheets to make decisions including the use of formulas, functions, charts and graphs, consolidating data, lists and data management and macros. Prerequisites: None.

Expand and Collapse CIS 3105 - Management Information Systems

Provides an understanding of the ways in that computer- based information systems are used in organizations. This course involves students in the process of developing and modifying information systems which support crucial problem solving and decision-making in organizations. Prerequisite: CIS 1004.

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 2101 - Medical Language

The study of 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 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. Prerequisite: HIM 2110.

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 3311 - Managing Human Resources

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.

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 4231 - Clinical Quality Management

Techniques for calculating meaningful clinical, administrative, vital, and public health statistics; 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. Prerequisites: HIM 3211.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4232 - Ambulatory Reimbursement Syste

Coding hospital outpatient and physician office records using the CPT/HCPCS coding system; reimbursement issues related to ambulatory/outpatient coding.. 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 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 4530 - Progression Prog Clin Visits

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4540 - Progression Prog Admin Proj

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.

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. Health Care System

Course 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.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3331 - Statistics

Covers basic statistical concepts and methods useful in conducting research and evaluating results of studies done by others. Topics include frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, transformed scores, correlations, multiple regression, hypothesis testing (t test, analysis of variance, and chi square), selection of appropriate statistics, calculation with MS Excel spreadsheets and SPSS, interpretation of the "results" sections of journal articles, and numeracy (understanding and using numbers in decision-making). Prerequisite: competence in arithmetic.

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  • "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