Degree Overview

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 healthcare information technology degree from WGU, 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 widely recognized IT certifications.

Who the Program is For:

  • Health-care 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 health care, 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.

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.

CAHIIM Accredited

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
  • The pass rate for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam (RHIA) is 94%.

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 fields of health informatics and health information management with the added credibility of an AHIMA certification and several recognized IT certifications.

The program requires a total of 120 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour. If you possess an associate’s degree in Information Technology from a regionally accredited school, you should be able to clear your liberal arts requirements as well as the lower-level information technology assessment 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 Information Technology 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

  • Healthcare Management

  • Information Technology Fundamentals

  • Health Information Technology

  • Healthcare Data

  • Health Sciences

  • Business of IT

  • Leadership and Management

  • Data Management

  • Professional Practice Experience

Core Subject Areas

These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit

  • English Composition

  • Introduction to Communication

  • Intermediate and College Algebra

  • Critical Thinking and Logic

  • Survey of United States Constitution and Government

  • Introduction to Humanities

  • Introduction to Biology

  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics

  • Introduction to Psychology

What You'll Earn

This program incorporates several industry-recognized IT certifications, including:

  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician

Note: Your IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see which IT certifications may transfer to WGU.

Capstone Project

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.

How It Works

A Degree Program That Fits Your Schedule

WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.

Online learning is not easy.

You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around.

How Long Will It Take?

It Depends On You

The average time it takes to complete the B.S. in Health Information Management online for students with an associate's degree or its equivalent: 2 to 2.5 years. For students with little or no prior college: 4 to 5 years. That’s significantly less than at other online schools.

Many students proceed faster than the normal pace designed into each program. But don’t assume doing so is easy. WGU programs are quite rigorous. The pace at which you complete your WGU program depends upon how quickly you are able to take and pass the required assessments. Successful students who commit 15 hours or more per week to their studies are often able to complete their programs more quickly.

If you’ve taken courses or received a degree from another college or university, you may be able to clear some of these requirements through transfer credit.

Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your online B.S. in Health Information Management program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.

It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

"Our partnership with WGU enables our employees to advance their education affordably without interrupting their careers." John Steele, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Hospital Corporation of America

How Competency-Based Education Benefits You

Put Your Existing Knowledge to Work

Western Governors University was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.

In WGU's online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.

  • You’ll work with your assigned Faculty Mentor on a personalized Degree Plan that establishes the pace at which you move through the program.

  • With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.

  • You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.

  • You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.

  • You’ll be required to complete at least 12 CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs and 8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.

How Much Will It Cost?

Less Than You Think

We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat-rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.

 

You pay for time—not credits

  • No matter how many courses you complete each term, your tuition stays the same.

  • The more courses you complete each term, the fewer terms you have until graduation.

  • Our competency-based model gives you the opportunity to accelerate your progress.

  • If you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.

Total Tuition Depends on Time

You’ll pay the same low, flat-rate tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree. The following hypothetical students illustrate two common scenarios for the Bachelor of Science, Information Management program:

Tuition and Fees

For this program, a full-time course load is 12 competency units per term. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.

  • $2,890: Tuition per 6-Month Term
  • $145: Resource Fee per 6-Month Term
  • $65: One-Time Application Fee
  • $42: Criminal Background Check Fee
  • $35: Professional Liability Insurance

The B.S. in Health Information Management online degree program at WGU is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

(Note: Residents of California are required to pay a one-time immunization tracking fee of $50.)

WGU Is Half The Cost

WGU’s B.S. in Health Information Management degree program is typically about half the cost of other equally reputable degree programs.

Tuition Comparison: Bachelor of Science Health Information Management

WGU University of Phoenix Capella University
$2,890 per six month term.
If it takes four years = $23,120
120 credits x $490* per credit = $58,800 180 credits x $346^ per credit = $62,280

*$490/credit cost based on an average of $395 per credit for lower-division courses and $585 for upper-division courses.
^$346/credit cost based on an average of $321 per credit for lower-division courses and $371 for upper-division courses.
*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.

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Financial Aid

You Can Afford to Earn a Degree

WGU's financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.

Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.

Respected, Recognized, and Accredited

Northwest Commission Accredited

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.

CAHIIM Accredited

WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). An independent accrediting organization, CAHIIM was created to evaluate the quality and integrity of health informatics and health informatics management programs. Program accreditation, which is granted after extensive reviews based on industry-developed standards, helps increase certification eligibility and job marketability for WGU graduates.

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WGU Graduates Succeed

Become a Success Story

Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:

92%

of employers said WGU grads exceed expectations.

93%

of employers rated WGU graduates’ job performance as very good or excellent.

100%

of employers consider WGU graduates prepared for their jobs.

94%

of employers rate the "soft skills" of WGU grads as equal to or better than graduates from other institutions.

Note: 2015 Survey of Employers by Harris Poll

You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our National Student Success and Performance Data.

"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace." James Dye,
WGU Alumnus

How a Course Works

Prove What You Know and Move Forward

You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.

These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master the subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.

Get Started

Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.

To be admitted into this online Health Information Management degree, you must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate IT experience either through:
    • Have earned an associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable); OR
    • Have earned an associate’s degree from an allied health program (A.S or A.A.S. acceptable); OR
    • Have earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration (A.S or A.A.S. acceptable); OR
    • Hold transferable IT certifications earned within the last five years; OR
    • Submit a resume showing three-plus years of IT work experience, strategic business management experience, or healthcare-related work experience.

You will also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program.

See More about College of Health Professions Admission Requirements

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How does WGU keep its tuition so low?

As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs. 

Should I consider financial aid?

Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

 

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