Skip to navigation

Health Information Management

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose Health Information Management?

As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for health information managers also increases. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016) because of rapid changes in health care regulations that require individuals skilled in the interpretation of health data. Individuals with an interest in computers, health care and business will find that health information management is a challenging and fulfilling career option. Many graduates are employed in hospitals, but job growth is projected to be greatest in physicians' offices and clinics, nursing homes and home health agencies.

General education and support courses can be taken at another college or university and transferred to Ferris in fulfillment of graduation requirements. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be earned at Ferris in order for the degree to be granted.

At the end of the program, the student is eligible to apply to write the national certification examination to earn the designation of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Career Opportunities

Health Information Managers have the skills and abilities to accept supervisory positions in health care facilities. They may decide to do the same kind of work as the health information technician or supervise the daily routine of the medical record department, working with the employees to make sure that procedures are carried out correctly. They may be responsible for training employees or evaluating their performance. Other health information managers work as private consultants, or work with various individuals in the health care setting to plan, assure that the facility meets accreditation requirements or serve as coordinators between other departments that deal with health information.

Earnings of health information managers vary by type and size of facility, level of responsibility and geographic region. The 2015 median pay for health information managers was $94,500. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016) Graduates of the program are immediately employable in a variety of health care settings.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Health Information Management program must have a 2.5 GPA in high school or college work.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Health Information Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.25 GPA overall. Students must earn a 'C' grade or better in major and core courses and meet all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. MATH 115 proficiency or ACT math subscore of 24 or higher is required for graduation. Graduates may decide to enroll in graduate school.

More Information

College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2270 or
800-462-8553, ext. 2266

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Health Information Management Major Requirements - 134 Credits Required

Core Curriculum for Health Profssions - 10 Credits
The U.S. Health Care System
3
Safety Issues in Health Care
1
Statistics in Health Care
3
Evidence-based Health Care
3
Professional Support Courses - 30 Credits
Intro Micro Systems-Software
3
Database Design-Implementation
3
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Health Care Finance 2
3
Health Care Supervisory Pract
4
Internship Orientation
1
Health Care Strategic Applicat
4
Health Information Systems
3
Applied Management
3
MRIS Courses - 54 Credits
Intro to Health Info Systems
4
Medical Terminology
4
Health Information Systems
4
ICD-10-CM Coding
4
ICD-10-PCS Coding
4
Quality Mgmt in Health Care
3
Fundamentals Disease Processes
4
Legal & Ethical Aspects in HIM
3
CPT Coding
3
Foundations of Reimbursement
3
Health Infor Technology Review
1
Professional Practice 1
6
Health Infor Management Prin
3
Health Infor Management Review
1
Professional Practice 2
10

University General Education

Communication Competence - 9 Credits
English 1
3
English 2
3
Advanced Composition
3
Choose one:
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Small Group Decision Making
3
Scientific Understanding - 7 Credits
Elective - 3 Credits
Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology
4
Quantitative Skills - 3 Credits or Proficiency
Intermediate Algebra
3
Math ACT of 24
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
Choose 3 SA courses in at leaset two different subject areas, one must be a Foundations course, and one must be at the 200-level or higher.
Cultural Enrichment - 9 Credits
Choose 3 CE courses, at lest one at 200-level or higher and no more than 5 credit hours in CE activities.
© Ferris State University | 1201 S. State Street, Big Rapids, Michigan USA | 49307 | Main Switchboard (231) 591-2000 • Non-Discrimination