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CAHIIM Accredited

CAHIIM Acceditated Programs at The College of St. ScholasticaThe 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 2021. 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 info@cahiim.org.

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Current Students

Application to the program

Course schema

Course schedule

Junior Transfers

Professional Practice Experience     

SHIMA

Job postings

Placement

Course descriptions


Application to the program (traditional undergraduates only)

Traditional undergraduate HIIM students must first be accepted to St. Scholastica. Visit our traditional undergraduate admissions section for more information.

Students apply to the Health Informatics and 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.


What classes do I need to take?

Download a course schema (pdf)


Course schedule

Wondering what classes are offered when? Visit our online course schedule and current catalog.


Transferring to St. Scholastica

Interested in transferring to St. Scholastica's Health Informatics and 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.

View frequently asked questions for Junior transfer students


Student Health Informatics and Information Management Association (SHIIMA)

SHIIMA promotes education and social interaction among students interested in health information management and provides an opportunity for involvement in community service.

Visit the Student Health Information Management Association website 


Job postings

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.

View a list of current job listings


Placement

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
Fridley, MN

Katie Engesser '03
Health Information Specialist
Gunderson Lutheran Hospital
LaCrosse, WI

Michelle Mathieu, RHIA '95
Director Health Information Service & Quality Improvement
Northern Maine Medical Center
Fort Kent, ME

Daniel Pothen, MS, RHIA '98
Consultant
Deloitte and Touche
Los Angeles, CA

Amber Johnson, RHIA '00
Excellian Team Leader - HIM
Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Minneapolis, MN

Mara Anderson, RHIA '04
Operations Manager - HIM
Foedtert Hospital
Milwaukee, WI

Melissa Yang, '04
Compliance Specialist
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
St. Paul, MN

Katherine Miller, RHIA '01
Record Technology Manager
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN


Professional practice experience opportunities

  • Students in HIIM 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.
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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse BIO 1036 - Biology of the Cell

Introduces cell biology, intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences. 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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3211 - Classification of Clinical Data

Focuses on the roles of classification systems, vocabularies, and terminologies in the healthcare setting. Topics include the collection, maintenance, utilization, and retrieval of specified healthcare code sets, clinical terminologies, classification systems and data in healthcare facilities. The course will focus on the application of standard code sets most commonly used in healthcare facilities in the U.S.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4421 - Alternative Health Record Syst

Analyzes 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.

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.