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The College of St. Scholastica

Leaders in Health Information Since 1935

When we launched the first bachelor’s HIM program in the nation in 1935, the industry was referred to as Medical Records. As medical records technology has evolved and developed, St. Scholastica has remained at the forefront, offering the first bachelor’s distance program in 1981, the first online master’s in HIM and the first master’s program accredited by CAHIIM.

A Program that Fits Your Needs

The Health Informatics and Information Management major and minor are offered in either face-to-face classes on our Duluth campus or a 100% online format. Our online learning environment allows you to minimize the amount of time you’re away from work and family while still working closely with our distinguished faculty and your classmates.

Fast Facts

  • Study on campus or 100% online
  • Full-time and part-time enrollment options
  • CAHIIM accredited program
  • Eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential upon completion
  • Streamlined transfer options for RHITs and recent graduates of CAHIIM-accredited associate degree Health Information Technology programs
  • Credit for prior learning options through professional certifications, experience and challenge exams

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  • Individual admissions support

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With an atmosphere inclusive of online students and industry experts as faculty, I’m prepared for future professional and educational goals.

Melissa Koehler, RHIA, CHDA, CDIP, CCS, CCS

Degree Details


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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, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Experiential Learning

Professional practice experience opportunities

  • Students in HIIM take part in the Professional Practice Experience — an 80 hour program that takes them out of the classroom and into the healthcare workforce
  • 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. 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.

Career Outlook

The healthcare industry is booming and the use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) software nationwide has increased the need for qualified HIM professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 28% growth rate over the next decade for HIM and related careers.

Whether you want to work in coding and revenue cycle, informatics, data analytics or information governance the national credentialing organization AHIMA has a pathway designed for you. Salary varies by geography and title, but those with the most credentials tend to earn higher wages.

Examples of jobs in the HIIM industry are director of revenue services, data analyst, quality partner, privacy and security coordinator, clinical informatics analyst and physician educator.


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

On-campus Undergraduate Programs

Students applying for the fall semester have two application timelines to choose from – Early Action (Nov. 15) and Regular Decision (Feb. 1). Both options are completely free and deposits are fully refundable until June 1. We will accept applications for fall semester through the end of August.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs

Most of our hybrid and 100% online programs operate on a rolling admission basis – allowing you to apply anytime. Once your application and other necessary documents are received, we will forward them to the appropriate department for review.


New Student
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 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.

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.