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Online Bachelor Of Science Degree In Health Information Management

The healthcare industry is large and growing, and advancements in all medical fields improve our health and healthcare delivery. As it increasingly relies on digital technology and data, obtaining a degree in health information management is an ideal choice for those graduating high school. It also can be great for individuals currently in medical roles and job seekers who wish to pursue careers in digital technology.

At Northwestern College in Oak Lawn, IL, and the greater Chicago area, students can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree through our Health Information Management program with online classes.

Leadership Opportunities With Health Information Management

Do you work in the medical field? If the answer is yes, you already realize the impact of digital technology in healthcare. And if your experience with medicine is as a patient, you are probably familiar with electronic medical records.

Most, if not all, patient data is carefully entered and tracked in secure computer systems. This data includes readings of vital signs, medical diagnoses, surgical procedures performed, physician notes, financial accounting of costs, and many other aspects of the day-to-day operations of our healthcare system. This information is a collection of comprehensive data used to help improve medical technology, quality of patient care, and overall efficiency. Health information managers ensure that this information is secure, accurate, and transferable.

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As leaders in the healthcare industry, health information managers also help track and analyze medical data. In keeping with the long-standing history and mission of Northwestern College, this bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management helps students develop professionally and prepares them for entry-level management roles. Discover who is hiring our graduates.

Our students are in high demand because they can communicate well with staff and administrators, utilize their knowledge of medical coding and digital technology, and assist with strategic planning for better patient care and health outcomes. These skills are in demand in hospitals and healthcare facilities, insurance companies, public health organizations, nursing homes, medical group practices and clinics, research institutions, ambulatory care facilities, and government agencies.

B.S. In Health Information Management Curriculum

Applicants to the bachelor’s degree program at Northwestern College must have completed an associate degree in a Health Information Technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Learn more about our requirements and the full curriculum at Northwestern College in our college catalogs. Here is a sampling of the required courses:

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Health Information Management Courses

  • Healthcare Communications
  • Healthcare Human Resources & Leadership Theory
  • Reimbursement Systems Survey
  • Biomedical Research Support & Ethics
  • Healthcare Financial Administration I and II
  • Coding Classifications Systems Theory
  • Risk Management and Compliance in Healthcare
  • Information Governance
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Database Architecture & Queries
  • Health Systems Networks & Database Security I and II
  • Health Information Networks & Data Mining
  • Senior Capstone
  • RHIA Exam Review

General Education Courses

  • College Algebra
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Technical and Professional Writing
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics

Eligibility for RHIA Exam

After completing the B.S. degree in Health Information Management, students can sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exam for Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). This additional certification is prized by healthcare employers and may be required for various job categories.

The Outlook for Health Information Management Jobs

The Outlook For Health Information Management Jobs

A large, aging population and many more people remaining active later in life means a major increase in demand for healthcare. Which means a greater need for doctors, nurses, medical services, and facilities. And that, in turn, means a greater need for health services managers, like health information managers, to organize, train, and guide healthcare teams. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of medical and health services managers will grow 28% through 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. In short, the demand for people trained to handle electronic health records, health information technology, and similar systems is expected to skyrocket.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Acquire the requisite professional knowledge, skills, and competencies fundamental to the health information management profession
  • Gain self-directed learning skills using a variety of resources and technologies
  • Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to solve problems
  • Learn effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate the personal attitudes and attributes critical to professional leadership

Accreditations and Approvals

Northwestern College is accredited (on probation) by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (www.cahiim.org), 233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 233-1100.

We are also approved for veterans training under the G.I.® Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance. 

On top of that, we are proud to support our students with things like financial aid assistance and job search assistance.

Discover Chicago Health Information Management Programs Today

It’s time to take your career to the next level and become a part of an exciting, rapidly evolving industry. Our online classes are offered in many states, including:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia

Push yourself, your opportunities, and your future further by contacting Northwestern College. Request information about enrolling in online classes for your Health Information Management degree today.