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 faster than average through the year 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012) 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.
In the off-campus program, students are required to complete professional and allied health core courses through Ferris. 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)
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 middle 50% earned between $62,170 and $104,120. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013) Graduates of the program are immediately employable in a variety of health care settings.
Applicants for admission to the Health Information Management program must have a 2.5 GPA in high school or college work.
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.
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2270 or
800-462-8553, ext. 2266