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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.

B.S. Health Informatics and Information Management

Fast Facts: Health Informatics and 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 one of Minnesota's only four-year accredited programs.
  • Graduates of the HIIM 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 Informatics and Information Management is an ideal major for those who would like to work in a healthcare setting but not necessarily provide direct patient care. 

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.

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% of B.S. in HIIM graduates responding to the HIIM Department graduate survey are employed within one year of graduation
  • 100% of employers responding to the HIIM Department employer survey stated they would hire a CSS graduate in the future
  • 98% of professional practice experience mentors felt graduates will meet employer expectations
  • 83% retention rate overall for B.S. in HIIM students

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 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 4315 - Management Tools and Strategies

Focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, and strategies utilized in managing operations within a performance improvement model. It includes problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the available resources which comprise a Health Information Service.

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

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 4520 - Directed Practice

Focuses on the common functions, procedures and staffing requirements in hospital-based health information services.

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.

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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