Bachelor of Science Health Information Management
Our online health information management degree will give you a tremendous advantage. The B.S. in Health Information Management combines concepts in health care, information technology, and leadership practice to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a valuable designer, developer, and manager of health information systems. With a health information management degree from WGU, you’ll become a unique asset in the high-demand field of healthcare information technology and management with the added credibility of the highly respected CompTIA Project+ certification—and eligibility to apply for the RHIA credentialing exam.
Who the Program is For:
- Healthcare professionals who want to develop IT skills to move into health information management.
- Health information professionals who want to gain expertise in health information management.
- Information technology (IT) professionals who want to move into health information management.
- Business professionals with strategic management experience pursuing a career in health information management.
- Motivated individuals who are seeking a career that combines expertise in healthcare, IT, and business.
- Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
- Individuals who can typically spend 25 or more hours per week on their studies.
Eligibility for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Credential:
Graduates of WGU’s B.S. in Health Information Management program are eligible to apply for the AHIMA Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing exam. More information about AHIMA can be found here.
WGU’s Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
According to the WGU 2014 CAHIIM Annual Performance Assessment Report:
- 100% of graduates and their employers expressed satisfaction with the WGU experience.
- 100% of graduates and their employers expressed satisfaction with their level of preparedness for the workplace.
In 2016, the pass rate for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam was 88% on first attempt and 100% on second attempt.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
The B.S. in Health Information Management combines concepts in healthcare, information technology, and leadership. You’ll become a unique asset in the high-demand field of health information management with the added credibility of your Project+ certification—and eligibility to earn AHIMA’s RHIA credential.
The program requires a total of 121 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour. A course-by-course transcript evaluation will determine whether your previous college credit will transfer and waive any course requirements.
The WGU B.S. in Health Information Management program is grounded in real research on effective instruction, and adheres to national standards. We developed our online health information management program with significant input from experts and business leaders who serve on our Health Professions Program Council. This program provides the knowledge and skills that enable graduates to design, develop, and manage the information system of a healthcare facility.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Success
Health Information Technology
Leadership and Management
General Science Content
Business of IT
Professional Practice Experience
Core Subject Areas
These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit
English Composition I and II
Introduction to Communication
Critical Thinking and Logic
Survey of United States Constitution and Government
Introduction to Humanities
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
What You'll Earn
The CompTIA Project+ certification is awarded with this degree program. You will complete this certification as part of your coursework—at no extra cost.
Professional Leadership & Communication for Healthcare
The first course you take in this program will be unlike any other you complete at WGU. Professional Leadership & Communication for Healthcare requires participation in online group meetings with faculty and fellow students. Multiple group options are available, so you will work with your enrollment counselor or mentor to determine the group whose schedule works best for you. Learn more about this unique course and how to prepare for it >>
The bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management also requires the successful completion of a capstone project. Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. The capstone project provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your competency and commitment to managing information technology in a healthcare setting. Go ahead, show everyone what you can do.
Your Career Can Take Off From Here
Opportunity Abounds at the Intersection of Healthcare and Technology
At the nexus of two rapidly-growing career fields – healthcare and information technology – is a chance for you to commit to a bright new future for yourself.
The online Bachelor of Science degree program in Health Information Management at WGU will give you the knowledge and skills you need to be a valuable designer, developer, and manager of health information systems.