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Health Information Management HIM

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
BIOL 109 Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology 4
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 221 Small Group Decision Making 3
Scientific Understanding 3-4
Cultural Enrichment 9
Social Awareness 9
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting 1 3
COHP 101 The U.S. Health Care System 3
COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1
COHP 300 Health Information Systems 3
ISYS 200 Database Design-Implementation 3
MGMT 301 Applied Management 3
MRIS 103 Medical Terminology 4
COHP 315 3
COHP 450 Evidence-based Health Care 3
HCSA 202 Health Care Law 1 3
HCSA 310 Health Care Finance 2 3
HCSA 336 Health Care Supervisory Pract 4
HCSA 345 Internship Orientation 1
HCSA 474 Health Care Strategic Applicat 4
MRIS 101 Intro to Health Info Systems 4
MRIS 122 Health Information Systems 4
MRIS 204 ICD-10-CM Coding 4
MRIS 205 ICD-10-PCS Coding 4
MRIS 209 Quality Mgmt in Health Care 3
MRIS 210 Fundamentals Disease Processes 4
MRIS 211 CPT Coding 3
MRIS 221 Foundations of Reimbursement 3
MRIS 261 Health Infor Technology Review 1
MRIS 293 Professional Practice 1 6
MRIS 402 Health Infor Management Prin 3
MRIS 404 2
MRIS 461 Health Infor Management Review 1
MRIS 493 Professional Practice 2 10
ISYS 105
MATH 115
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree: 131
For graduates of a Commission on Acreditation Health Informatics and Information Management accredited associate degree program in Health Information Technology, the professional courses in the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management may be completed online.
The following classes are offered both online and face-to-face: ENGL 321, COHP 300, COHP 315, HCSA 336, HCSA 310, HCSA 474.

The following classes are offered only in an online format: MRIS 402, MRIS 461
Equivalency or proficiency required in ISYS 105 or MATH 115

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)

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 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.

Admission Requirements

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

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.

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

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