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Health Information Management Bachelor's Degree Program

CAHIIM Accredited Health Information Management Online Bachelor's Degree Program

The first 4-year HIM program in New England accredited by CAHIIM

Charter Oak's online bachelor's degree in Health Information Management has been developed by experts in this fast-growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information management as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S.

Graduates of the HIM program will have the skills and knowledge needed to manage patient data and work with electronic health records in today's health care environments. Our program is guided by the principle of quality healthcare through quality information.

The bachelor's degree program of Health Information Management at Charter Oak State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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All foundation and major requirements must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Foundation Requirements

HCA 101: Health Care Systems and Administration 3 cr
HCA 105: Medical Terminology 3 cr
HIM 115: Principles of Health Information Management3 credits
HIM 200: Health Information Systems and Databases3 credits
HIM 205: Reimbursement Methodologies3 credits
HIM 210: Medical Coding and Billing I - ICD-103 credits
HIM 211: Medical Coding and Billing II - CPT3 credits
HIM 300: Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems3 credits
HIM 305: Health Information Services Management and Leadership3 credits
HIM 315: Health Statistics3 credits
HIM 320: Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange3 credits
HIM 405: Health Care Information Law, Privacy, and Security 3 credits
HIM 420: Health Care Research and Quality 3 credits
HIM 435: Health Care Data Analytics and Information Governance 3 credits
MGT 460: Project Management 3 credits
HIM 498: Health Information Management Practicum 3 credits
HIM 499: Health Information Management Capstone3 credits

Note: 21 of these credits must be completed at Charter Oak, including HIM 498 & HIM 499.

These courses must be completed in order to satisfy a portion of the general education requirements for this degree.

BIO 130: Human Biology (Natural Science) *4 credits
BIO 212: Anatomy & Physiology (Natural Science) *3 credits
BIO 215: Pathophysiology (Natural Science) *3 credits
HCA 301: Contemporary Ethical Issues in Health Care (Ethical Decision Making)3 credits
HCA 350: Transcultural Competency in HCA (Global Understanding)3 credits
MAT 105: Statistics (Mathematics)3 credits

* These courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a major in Health Information Management will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the different fields of medical science, information technology, and business management applicable in health information management.
  2. demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of facts, terms, and concepts important to the processing of health information.
  3. apply information acquisition skills to the processing, maintenance, and security of health information.
  4. demonstrate an ability to do the coding and billing important in the processing of health information.
  5. understand database information technology and apply it to modern electronic medical records management.
  6. understand and use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in health information management
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maintaining quality management techniques in health information management.
  8. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the maintenance of staff development in health information management.
  9. understand and use project management techniques and their application to modern business management.


In addition to our HIM bachelor's degree program, we also offer a Certificate in Health Information Management.



HIM 2017 Program Outcomes

RHIA Exam Pass Rate:  87.5 % compared to the national pass rate of 72%.
Employment:  90.0% of graduates are employed in HIM or a related field (10 out of 11 graduates).
Transfer Credits:  Ranged from 9-122 with an average of 64 and a median of 66

Please note the following Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Information: Completing a HIM degree requires the successful participation in an on ground internship/practicum. Students may be subject to a criminal background check and drug screening prior to being placed in any internship. Furthermore, anyone convicted of a felony and even some misdemeanors will not be able to complete most certification and licensing exams, nor find gainful employment in most health care settings.

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