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The primary purpose of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM) is to allow a pathway for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field to gain the knowledge and competencies needed to successfully sit for the national RHIA credentialing examination without having to complete an additional bachelor’s degree.

Determine Your Path to the RHIA

Both of the following options will help you to prepare to sit for the RHIA exam. Choose the one that is most appropriate for your career goals.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM

  • CAHIIM accredited
  • Earn eligibility to sit for the RHIA credential exam upon completion
  • 52 undergraduate credits
  • No pre-requisite courses
  • Up to 20 transfer credits allowed
  • Approximate duration: 2 years
  • Earn additional experience with completion of 80 hours of onsite professional practice
  • Tuition: $410 per credit

MS Health Information Management

  • CAHIIM accredited
  • Earn eligibility to sit for the RHIA credential exam upon completion
  • 40 graduate credits
  • 9 pre-requisite credits (can be completed at start of the program)
  • Approximate duration: 2 years
  • Obtain leadership and management competency through experiential learning
  • Tuition: $680 per credit

* Tuition rates are for the 2024-25 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2023-24 rates

This certificate program benefited me in my current work environment by allowing me to grow and be promoted into a highly desired position.

Aracely Sally Urquiza, RHIA, ’18

Degree Details

Program Overview

Program Outcomes

The reporting period for these outcomes is Aug. 1, 2022-July 31, 2023.

  • 87% of students complete the BS in HIIM program in the calculated average completion time
  • 86% of BS in HIIM graduates responding to the graduate survey were employed full-time within 1 year of graduation*
  • 100% of employers responding to the BS in HIIM Program employer survey stated they would hire a St. Scholastica graduate in the future
  • 100% of professional practice experience mentors feel graduates will meet employer expectations
  • 80% retention rate overall for BS in HIIM students

*For the graduate data, a graduate survey is sent out to all graduates 1 year after a student confers their degree. During the reporting period, there were 15 graduates contacted of which 7 responded to the survey. Of those, 6 were employed full-time within one year of graduation.


Visit our Catalog to view the program and course requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


CAHIIM Accredited Program logoThe Health Informatics and Information Management accreditor of The College of St. Scholastica is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the baccalaureate degree in Health Informatics and Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2033. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312-235-3255; or by email at

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Early submission is encouraged; applications are reviewed as they are completed. Applications completed after the following deadlines will be submitted for the subsequent term.

Fall: Aug. 5
Fall mid-term: Sept. 30
Spring: Dec. 9
Spring mid-term: Feb. 17
Summer: April 21


New Students
  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for entrance into the college
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 for entrance into the program
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. The College may still consider applicants with a lower GPA through a special status committee; contact an admissions counselor to learn more.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.