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Health Information Management2023-08-16T16:08:53-05:00

The Health Information Management (HIM) program is currently under review and admissions are paused through the end of 2024. The HIM Program retains its CAHIIM accreditation during this pause. Current students who complete their course of study by December 2024 will be able to sit for the RHIA exam.

If Health Information Management is your declared major and you are interested in pursuing a different degree, please contact the Student Success & Academic Advising Center directly at (816) 271-5991 or Please visit the College of Science and Health website for a complete list of Health Professions programs. A full listing of degree programs is available in the Missouri Western catalog.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Harris at or Professor McKinney at

B.S. in Health Information Management (HIM)

Join healthcare professionals in providing quality patient care in this growing career field through education in data analysis, science, administration, and health information application and governance. Missouri Western’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management is your pathway.

Health Information Management prepares confident, innovative professionals who can apply information resources and technologies across the healthcare industry in settings that span the continuum of care. The HIM graduate serves as a pivotal team member in the planning, design, implementation, management, use and evaluation of electronic health records and other electronic information systems.

What is special about HIM?
HIM professionals are critical to the success of information governance and data analytics in the emerging health related topics such as population health management. HIM professionals actively lead, engage, participate in, and contribute to decisions that affect the well-being of patients by drawing on the perspectives, values, and experiences of those involved in patient care decisions.

Promising Job Market
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Health Services Managers with a baccalaureate degree, which includes HIM RHIA-credentialed professionals, has an expected job growth of 32% in the years spanning to 2029.

As of 2022, health information-related job roles are recognized as STEM job roles.
See O*net for information regarding STEM-recognized job roles in health information professions, including clinical data managers, health informatics specialists, health information technologists, medical registrars, medical and health service managers, and medical records specialists.
This article describes the benefits of STEM careers, including

  • High salaries. STEM graduates earn among the highest initial salaries.
  • Growing career field
  • Diversity

Program Accreditation

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The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program at Missouri Western State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) CAHIIM is the accrediting organization for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management. CAHIIM serves the public interest by establishing quality standards for the educational preparation of future health information management professionals. When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.

Graduates from CAHIIM accredited baccalaureate degree programs can take the Registered Health Information Administration exam.

The Health Information Management accreditor of Missouri Western State University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2025-2026. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

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Is the program online?2020-05-19T15:56:34-05:00

All of the professional classes and general studies are available online. Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs) are completed at a location arranged with the program PPE Coordinator.

What are the admission requirements for the program?2020-05-19T15:45:49-05:00

The admission requirements are the same as the institution’s requirements. 

How should I prepare for a Health Information Management degree?2020-05-19T15:52:46-05:00

Professional information about the Health Information Management field can be found by visiting physician offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings and conducting interviews with the Director of Health Information services. Also please see or 

How does the program work around my busy schedule?2020-05-19T15:47:50-05:00

One of the biggest advantages of the program is that students receive individualized attention regarding classes and schedules. The program is available for either full-time or part-time students. All of the professional classes and general studies are available online. Professional Practice Experience (PPE) are completed at a location arranged with the program PPE Coordinator. 

Is the program accredited and why is it important?2020-05-19T15:52:18-05:00

The B.S. HIM degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

Why is it important that a program be accredited? National accreditation is one way to ensure the quality of the program you choose. The organizations providing accreditation ensure the program meets certain standards of quality. The certification exams (RHIT and RHIA) can only be taken by graduates of a program accredited by CAHIIM. 

How do students work together with faculty?2020-05-19T15:49:12-05:00

Students and faculty members work together in many ways, for example, planning activities for Health Information Professionals week. Students also serve on the Ad-visory Committee to help evaluate curriculum and program effectiveness. Faculty members work closely with students to determine the best sites to complete their professional practice experiences.

What special facilities does the program have?2020-05-19T15:49:42-05:00

The computer lab has many pieces of specialized software. The program also uses an academic electronic health record, EHRgo to help students integrate their learning regarding electronic health records. 

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 20192021-04-12T15:37:40-05:00

Program Name: Health Information Technology Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 2 Years (34 Credit Hours).

This program will cost $10,120.88 if completed within normal time for in-state students and $17,986.10 for out-of-state students. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. 

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of these students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

Last Updated June 20, 2019

Degree at a Glance


Number of Credits
Transfer up to 90 credits

Bachelor’s Degree-Completion Program

Griffon Rate Waiver
Undergraduate students from some states qualify.
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