Where can I work after I obtain this degree?

HIMS professionals work in a variety of healthcare, business, and/or government-related settings. They work closely with physicians, nurses, researchers, administrators, and other professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare. Management and staff positions are available in all sectors of the healthcare industry as noted below. As experience is gained, additional employment settings and career opportunities are open to the graduate.
  • Hospitals
  • Sub-acute and ambulatory care facilities
  • Consulting companies
  • Home health agencies
  • Vendors of health-related services
  • Physician group practices
  • Managed care organizations
  • State and federal government entities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Behavioral healthcare
  • Insurance or commercial companies

What are some of the possible job titles I could acquire?

Job titles for the graduate will vary depending on the place of employment and the responsibilities of the position. Common titles are: department director, manager, systems coordinator, privacy officer, compliance officer, clinical data manager or analyst, senior consultant, team leader, project manager, etc. Job possibilities and opportunities are expanding in all sectors of the healthcare industry given the need to protect the privacy and safety of patients.

What is an entry-level starting salary for HIMS graduates?

Health Information Management is a dynamic constantly changing field. Entry level RHIA-credentialed professionals can earn from $40,000 to $60,000. Salary is heavily dependent on geographic location and the type of employer. Healthcare consulting firms may offer significantly higher salaries. AHIMA performs a salary survey that reports up-to-date information about salaries for various settings and credentials: AHIMA Salary Survey

Is it possible to get certified when I graduate?

Yes!  Students in the final semester of study in the HIMS program are eligible (and required by the program) to sit for the professional certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), a professional credential that is recognized throughout the healthcare industry. Upon passing the exam and earning the baccalaureate degree, HIMS graduates may use the credential. 

In addition, the knowledge and skills gained through the HIMS curriculum along with practical work experience makes the graduate eligible for additional certifications in specialty areas such as clinical coding, and health care privacy and security. Such certifications add to the professionalism and employability of the graduate as the graduate moves through his or her career. A credential has been found to increase the earning power of an individual over time. 

More information about credentials can be found at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) website: Certifications Overview | AHIMA