B.S. in Health Informatics

Degree Overview

Our online health informatics degree will give you a tremendous advantage. The B.S. in Health Informatics combines concepts in healthcare, 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. You’ll become a unique asset in the high-demand fields of health informatics and health information management with the added credibility of an AHIMA certification and several recognized IT certifications.

Who the program is for:

  • Healthcare professionals who want to develop IT skills to move into health informatics.
  • Health information professionals who want to gain expertise in health informatics.
  • Information technology (IT) professionals who want to move into health informatics.
  • Business professionals with strategic management experience pursuing a career in health informatics.
  • 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 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.

What You’ll Learn — Areas of Study:

In this online bachelor’s degree in health information technology, you’ll learn all the essential skills and knowledge needed. This program includes the following areas of study and completion of a capstone project.

  • General Education
  • Healthcare Data
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Medical Terminology
  • Leadership and Management
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Healthcare Compliance and Classification
  • Databases
  • Health Information Law and Regulations
  • Project Management
  • Professional Practice Experience

Total Program: 120 Competency Units (credit equivalents)
Less: any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits.

Note: Your prior college experience and IT certifications may waive some degree requirements.

More details about your challenging course of study

View the PDF program guide

What You’ll Earn — IT Certifications:

This program incorporates several industry-recognized IT certifications, as well as an AHIMA certification, as part of your degree program. You will study for and complete the following certification exams (which are all included in your tuition—a huge cost savings for you):

  • CIW Web Foundations Associate
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician
  • CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Database Administration Fundamentals

Eligibility for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Credential:
Graduates of WGU’s B.S. in Health Informatics program are eligible to apply for the AHIMA Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing exam. More information can be found at: http://www.ahima.org/certification/rhia.aspx

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CAHIIM Accredited

WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

According to the WGU 2012 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
  • The pass rate for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam (RHIA) is 100%.

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Questions & Answers

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Whether you’re interested in starting or advancing your career in the healthcare or IT industry, this program will provide you with the broad-based skills in health information management and IT foundation you need to succeed. Multiple respected industry certification tests are built into the program’s curriculum. If you already hold one or many certifications, you may be able to use them to clear portions of the degree requirements. You can also use your experience and knowledge from working in the healthcare, strategic business management, or IT environment to move more quickly through the required subject area assessments. However, this is not an “easy” program. You are a good candidate only if you are prepared to work independently, study hard, and pass the required assessments.

As a WGU student you progress through your program by passing assessments and IT certification tests. In consultation with your mentor, you set the pace at which you prepare for and take the assessments. Consequently, some WGU students with strong academic or career experience in the fields or those who already hold one or more major IT certifications are able to go faster than the standard rate of progress. However, doing so isn’t easy. Many of the assessments are quite challenging, and students sometimes overestimate the knowledge they possess when they enter a program. On the other hand, a highly-motivated, independent individual is precisely the kind of student who does well at WGU. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to discuss whether you’re the kind of student who might go faster.

As a WGU student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and online courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in greater depth.