Health Information Management

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) Program

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected 20% growth for medical and health services managers by 2026 alone. That growth rate is much faster than the average for all other health occupations. Resurrection University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) Program is designed to give students the education they need to be a part of this rapidly growing field.

Your Career as a Health Information Management Professional

In this critical role, you’ll help develop, implement, and utilize systems to effectively manage health information. You’ll improve healthcare by managing and protecting patient data. The BSHIM program is a blend of healthcare, business management and IT.  It’s ideal for those who wish to work in the healthcare industry, but do not want direct patient care.

The BSHIM degree can lead to a wide variety of career paths. Health information management professionals are found in many departments within traditional healthcare organizations. They are also routinely employed in government agencies, insurance organizations, research settings, and education.

For more information regarding careers, view the HIM Career Map and explore the resources below:

About the BSHIM Program

Program content is covered online as well as on campus or in clinical affiliations. Students can generally expect to have class one to three nights per week and the program can be completed in about two years. The completion of this program will allow students to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing exam.

HIM Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills within the HIM domains of practice
  • Communicate effectively throughout the healthcare spectrum
  • Model professional behaviors that adhere to professional standards, practice and ethical decision making in the workplace
  • Plan, implement and assess business interventions for institutions with diverse cultures in a variety of settings
  • Serve as role models for others in the profession through acquisition of appropriate credentials and through active involvement in professional organizations
  • Apply personal attitudes and attributes critical to HIM professional leadership

Accreditation and Program Effectiveness

The HIM program is accredited as a Health Information Management baccalaureate degree program under the current Health Information Management Standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is the accrediting organization that establishes quality standards and monitoring processes for degree-granting programs in health information management. When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.

Program Effectiveness Data 2018

  • Enrollment 18 students
  • Attrition 1 student (9%)
  • Retention 17 students (91%)
  • Continued to Graduate Program 1 student (9%)
  • Completion/Graduation Rate (91%)

Additional Program Effectiveness Data

RHIA Certification

As a ResU BSHIM graduate, you will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)*.

BSHIM Course Descriptions

Course # HIM Course Titles Credits
HIM 3100

Introduction to HIM & Lab

An introduction of the principles and procedures used in health record organization, maintenance and retention, numbering and filing systems and procedures, forms control and design, and microfilming. The functions and duties of the health information administrator and purpose/uses of the health record in the healthcare delivery system are emphasized.

HIM 3110

Health Information Management Systems

Study of the fundamentals of electronic information technologies and infrastructure and national and international information standards and how these are applied in support of healthcare clinical, administrative, financial and research functions.

HIM 3120

Leadership and Management Development for Healthcare

Study of the factors associated with organizational health and the differences between leadership and management. Development of personal leadership capabilities and core organizational management skills in planning, organizing, staffing, and controlling is emphasized. Satisfies HIM 3105 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 3140

Project Management

Study of the project management life cycle, team management, and the methods, processes, and tools for project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, control, and phase out. Satisfies HIM 4203 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 3210

Professional Communications/Health Information Management Relationships in the Healthcare Setting

Development of written, oral and technology based communications skills with a focus on professional and cooperative communications and establishing constructive relationships with administrative and healthcare team members and patients and their representatives.

HIM 3220

Classifications and Indexing of Clinical Data & Lab

Introduction to healthcare classification and nomenclature systems. Emphasis on ICD-10-CM/PCS coding systems theory, structure, principles, and organization. Practice with manual and electronic assignment of ICD-10-CM/PCS codes to health records.

HIM 3230

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management

Study of ethical decision making, statutory and regulatory requirements, case law and practical applications associated with ethical and legal issues in health informatics and information management. Focus on the access, use, retention, and disposition of healthcare information, confidentiality and privacy, reporting requirements and compliance with state and federal legislation. Satisfies HIM 3331 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 3320

Healthcare Reimbursement

Examination of the revenue cycle in acute healthcare organizations from patient registration through claims billing. Federal regulations and compliance, charge master, case mix management, and payment systems and plans are introduced. Satisfies HIM 4320 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 3340

Health Information Management in Non-Acute Care Settings

Study of the processes, procedures, standards, and regulations associated with health information management in non-acute care settings including long term, ambulatory, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and correctional care, as well as health information exchange organizations. Satisfies HIM 3115 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 3350

Health Information Database and Data Administration Principles

Introduction to the database environment, the principles, processes, tools, and techniques used for data model development, database design and normalization, and the methods associated with data monitoring, maintenance and management. Satisfies HIM 3335 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 3400

Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare

Study of the history and principles associated with quality and performance improvement in healthcare. Introduction of models, processes, measures, tools, in managing quality and performance improvement programs and associated functions such as regulatory compliance, risk management, utilization review and credentialing management.

HIM 3450

Directed Experience

Supervised clinical experience associated with the operations of health information management in acute and non-acute care settings.

HIM 4120

Medical Coding and Billing for Physician and Outpatient Services

Study of classification and nomenclature systems with an emphasis on CPT® and HCPCs coding. The relationship between medical coding and provider reimbursement is introduced. Satisfies HIM 4110 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 4130

Development and Implementation of Health Information Systems

Exploration of the systems development life cycle and the methods, tools, and processes associated with analyzing, developing, and implementing healthcare information systems. Satisfies HIM 4115 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 4140

Healthcare Data Analysis

Study of the tools, methods, processes and technologies associated with the collection, analysis, display, interpretation and management of healthcare data. Exploratory data applications such as data mining, benchmarking, and analysis of externally reported data are reviewed. Satisfies HIM 4525 for students enrolled in HIM prior to Fall 2017.

HIM 4200

Budget and Finance for the Healthcare Setting

Overview of healthcare finance including payer mix, bond rating, investment and capitalization, accounting principles, budget process, cost benefit analysis and other financial analysis tools.

HIM 4430

Healthcare Statistics and Research

Study of research process, methods, and procedures, and the analysis and interpretation of healthcare and population health data and statistics.

HIM 4600

Leadership in Health Information Management

Students demonstrate leadership and critical thinking skills by creating, preparing and presenting content specific to the AHIMA 2014 Competencies for each other. Students assess each other and complete a self-reflection in an effort to continuously improve. Students also complete a mock exam in this course. Open to students enrolled in final semester of study.

HIM 4650

Professional Practice Experience

Completion of an individual project and participation in administrative, management, and problem solving activities associated with health information management in an acute- or non-acute healthcare setting under the supervision of qualified professionals. Requires project written report and an oral presentation. Open to students enrolled in final semester of study.

HIM 4710

Special Topics in Health Information Management

Exploration of emerging issues or specialized content associated with health information management such as data and information governance.

HIM 4720

Independent Study in Health Information Management

Exploration of individual designed topics or problems in health information management that is arranged, planned, managed and supervised by a professor in conjunction with goals proposed by the student.