Health Information Management Program
Earn eligibility for the RHIA credential by earning a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM. The 46 credit certificate is completed in 5 semester (Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall/Spring) of which 22 may transfer in from prior HIT programs, where applicable. See detailed comparison to the second degree here: CLICK HERE.
A career at the intersection of
health care, finance, law, and information technology.
The Health Information Management Program is a four year baccalaureate degree program which is completed in two stages. Students complete general education courses at an affiliate university (see curriculum page for listing). The professional courses in Health Information Management are then completed at Rutgers SHP. (Second degree students and students with an Associates in Science or Associates in Arts (not AAA or AAS) may enter directly into the professional phase if prerequisites are completed.)
HIM Program Application Deadlines:
(please see application minimum criteria)
Still need GE courses? Check this flowchart to determine where to apply first:
Application Flow Chart for HIM
Live outside of New Jersey?: CLICK HERE
FALL Application deadline: May 1 (Applications will be accepted until class fills or August 1)
SPRING* Application Deadline: November 15
SUMMER* Application Deadline: April 15
Spring and Summer Applications accepted for the following candidates only:
Applicants selecting Thomas Edison State University as affiliate for GE completion (courses are all online).
NOTE: Onboarding process by TESU can take from 6-8 week. Documents are not sent to TESU by Rutgers until offer of admission is complete (submission of deposit and all forms requested in admission offer excluding completion of immunization forms.)
- Completion of all pre-professional requirements with a grade
of C or above.
- An overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
is required to apply.
A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all
courses identified as core prerequisites including the following: English
Composition, Anatomy & Physiology, Computer Science requirement, Princ. of
(A GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to
this competitive program).
- Official transcripts of ALL previous college courses as well
as an updated transcript from the affiliate institution. Students who have
attended a foreign college or university are required to submit an official
English Translation of the academic credits from the World Education Service as
well as an official transcript from their college.
- Submission of essay stating why applicant has selected HIM as
a program and/or profession.
NOTE: Applicants with GPA below 2.75
will not be considered for admission. No spaces will be held pending receipt of
Spring semester grades. Applications considered after initial admission review
are on a space available basis. Applicant with 2.75 are not guaranteed
admission as the admission process is competitive for a limited number of spaces
in the program.
Complete Application Includes:
1, Application (shrp.rutgers.edu/admissions)
All college transcripts including affiliate
3. Degree Audit/guidesheet indicating courses complete, in progress and transferred into affiliate or for second BS degree applicants proof of any courses in progress.
4. Essay (1/2 - 1 page max) stating why you selected the HIM degree
New Certificates Offered by HIM:
Medical Coding Certificate
20 Week ICD-10 Course starts each September.
The Health Information Manager is a member of the health care team and is the professional responsible for management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements. Health Information professionals collect, analyze and utilize data to provide information critical to the health care industry. A Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) collects many kinds of data from a variety of sources, monitors the integrity of the information, ensures appropriate access to health records and manages the analysis and use of this data. This professional is an essential connection between physicians, patients, payers and other in the healthcare industry.
Health Information professionals are often employed as department managers in hospital centers. Major areas of responsibility in this setting include: determining health information policies; planning; budgeting; acting as a liaison with other departments; evaluating employee performance; educating departmental staff, medical staff and ancillary departments to assure quality information; and serving on important committees such as quality management and utilization review.
With the advancing of technology and the transition to the electronic health record, RHIAs are finding expanding opportunities for employment in a wide variety of organizations including Health Maintenance Organizations, insurance companies, law firms, physician offices, consulting firms, software companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
A survey of our past graduates found that of those responding to our survey, 93% were employed in an HIM related position within 6 months of graduation and 100% respondants reported overall satisfaction with the program. Comments submitted state that the program has motivating teachers and that small classes result in a positive experience. One states "I think [the university] does an excellent job in preparing their students and makes an effort each year to tailor the program to the current needs of the industry".
Health information opportunities involve planning for and implementing computerized patient record systems as well as playing a vital role in maintaining the privacy and security of health information stored in multiple formats. Professionals with technical expertise, problem solving skills, knowledge of clinical medicine and superior communication skills are needed to develop new policies and procedures in health care documentation and protecting patient confidentiality.
Our Students are Winners: Scholarship Awards
Congratulations to Class of 2016 graduates Lauren Menesis and Akash Jangle for their induction into the Rutgers Matthew Leydt Society. Inductees are selected from the top 2% of the graduation class.
|NJHIMA Annual Scholarship
|| Merit Scholarships
2015 Lauren Meneses
2014 Yvette Blackbourne
2013 Jerico Guerero
2012 Aaron Clark
2011 Damarys Ayala
2010 Angela Brown
2010 Bonnie Ivler
2016 Akash Jangle (AHIMA)
2015 Farima Elias (HFMA)
2014 Krisella Rufo (AHIMA)
2013 Denise Coleman (AHIMA)
2013 Jerico Guerero (AHIMA)
IMAGES FROM OUR PROGRAM