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B.S. in Health Information Management

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Earn Your RHIA Bachelor’s Degree Online with Rutgers

Our online health information management programs will prepare you for the business side of healthcare. You’ll learn informatics, quality assurance, compliance, medical coding, and management. Upon graduating, you will be eligible to sit for the national credentialing examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Credentialed graduates hold positions in data management, finance, compliance, health record management, and other areas.

Our students are annually honored with scholarships from both the American Health Information Management Association and the state association in New Jersey.  Within six months of graduation, more than 90% of graduates are employed in Health Information Management-related positions.

Students can obtain a:

  • B.S. solo degree or B.S. joint degree with affiliated college
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management
  • Certificate in medical coding
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Our HIM program mission is to educate students to improve the management and use of information within the healthcare industry.
Our vision is for the Health Information Management Program to be the leading program for research and education in health information
management statewide. Our online programs may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Our students apply after having completed general education courses at other institutions, or one of our affiliate colleges or universities.

 Fast Facts About Our Health Information Management programs:

  • Nationally ranked as one of the top online HIM programs
  • Specialization in medical coding, health care informatics, information governance and health care leadership
  • Graduates are prepared for over 75 careers intersecting medicine, science, business and information technology
  • Fully online program offered full-time and part-time
  • Experienced faculty provide support and mentoring

The most recent student data from the 2019-2020 academic year indicates many program successes including:

  • 87.5% of the 2020 graduates completed the BSHIM degree successfully within 3 years of enrollment
  • 66.7% of the students who started in Fall 2018 graduated within 2 years.
  • 87.9% of the students who started in Fall 2019 remain in the program.

Rutgers is the #1 college nationally for the study of health professions in 2018 according to College Factual.

 We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of health Informatics and Information Management CAHIIM.

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The program is based on the competencies required by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) which include:
(1) Data Structure, Content, and Information Governance;
(2) Information Protection: Access, Use, Disclosure, Privacy, and Security;
(3) Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use;
(4) Revenue Cycle Management;
(5) Health Law & Compliance; and
(6) Organizational Management and Leadership.

These competencies are consistent with the requirements of our accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

Demand is on the rise in this field, due to an aging population and an increase in the number of insured people. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As our curriculum incorporates medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law throughout the program, graduates can choose from a wide variety of workplace settings. More than 95 percent of our graduates find jobs in their field within six months of obtaining their degree. Places that hire health information professionals include hospitals, rehab centers, private health  care practices, software companies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare associations, insurance companies, and research laboratories. Job title of past graduates include HIM director, coding specialist, clinical documentation specialist, compliance officer, privacy officer, director of IT applications, and EHR implementation specialist. 

Requirements for all health information management degree and certificate programs:

  • March 1, 2022 deadline for Fall Admissions. Apply now for the Bachelor of Health Information Management.
  • An overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 59 credits of general education prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. In addition to general education courses in writing and liberal arts and sciences, prerequisites must include: Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits), College Algebra (3 credits), Statistics (3 credits), and Financial Accounting (3 credits).
  • Submission of essay stating why applicant has selected HIM as a program and/or profession.
  • Submission of official transcripts* of all previous college courses as well as an updated transcript from the affiliate institution, if applicable.
  • Submission of documentation indicating courses in progress and/or to be completed prior to enrollment**

Students take pre-requisites at an affiliate school or any other regionally accredited school. Students pursuing the Solo Degree option should complete the course requirements outlined at the curriculum page:

Affiliate schools have a minimum number of pre-requisite courses required. Students should also apply directly to those institutions.

Those with a previous bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who do not wish to earn a second degree may pursue a certificate in HIM.  In order to maintain eligibility for the RHIA credentialing exam, the certificate is 49 credits to cover the required competencies.

Pre-requisite Courses
(may be transferred from previous degree if passed with grade of C or better within the past 10 years).  Applicants must show that prerequisite courses are complete or in progress with planned completion prior to the Fall start of HIM courses.
Algebra for Coll. Stud. (3) (or higher math)
Statistics (3)
Human Anatomy & Physiology (8)
Financial Accounting (3)


Those with a previous baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution within the United States or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university outside the US are not required to complete any of the general education courses other than the prerequisites listed below. An applicant who holds a degree from an accredited college or university will apply as a second-degree student.

Pre-requisite Courses
(may be transferred from previous degree if passed with grade of C or better within the past 10 years).  Applicants must show that prerequisite courses are complete or in progress with planned completion prior to the Fall start of HIM courses.
Algebra for Coll. Stud. (3) (or higher math)
Statistics (3)
Human Anatomy & Physiology (8)
Financial Accounting (3)


Applicants who already have completed an A.A. or an A.S from a N.J. community college may pursue the Solo Degree option. Students pursuing the Solo Degree option should follow course requirements outlined at the curriculum page: . Students with an applied associate degree in health information technology may be able to transfer some of the course work into the bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and be computer literate as many courses in the program are online.

Applicants must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I & II with a grade of C or better prior to the start of program courses. Upon entry into the program, students will study disease pathology and the format and content of health records.

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