Health Information Management BS in Health Care Administration

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Support positive health outcomes with data management

A patient’s health information can reveal essential answers to his or her medical questions. Earning a health information management degree from Capella University can help you become the link between patients’ data and health solutions.

This online BS in Health Care Administration, Health Information Management (HIM) can help you understand how to integrate health care organizations’ business needs with information management capabilities.

An Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) is also available in this program. With this option, you can start taking master’s-level courses during your bachelor’s degree program, potentially helping you save on your future MHA.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8–14 general education courses
  • 8 core courses
  • 9 specialization courses
  • 6–11 elective courses
  • Capstone
  • 180 total quarter credits
  • 135 maximum transfer credits

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Classes Start October 11th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL21).

FlexPath lets you finish the degree you started, with a bachelor’s in health care administration in 15 months for $15,000.*

*Based on fastest 25% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by your degree program, transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

BS in Health Information Management program highlights

Flexible learning

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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95% of Health Administration alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.*

Interprofessional education

Share courses with other nursing and public health students to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

Related programs

Looking for a health information management degree with an IT focus? We also offer a BS in IT, Health Information Management.

Reduce your tuition by $8,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

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Healthcare executives network

Capella is a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network (ACHE).

*Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated faculty and support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Cost & learning formats

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $375 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 67 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

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Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

Affording your education shouldn’t be an obstacle to reaching your goals. We can help you find ways you can save.

Gen ed courses included

Our affiliate, Sophia Learning, is a self-paced, online option for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements, included in tuition for Capella students.*

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

$8K toward your bachelor's

Apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

*All transfer and PLA credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Health Information Management sample courses

Taking health information management courses online in this bachelor’s degree program can help you gain an understanding of medical terminology, electronic health records and health information systems, data management, quality management, statistical analysis, and more.

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Introduction to Managing Health Care Information

Learners in this course integrate essential informatics concepts into health care administration and manage the health care information lifecycle. Learners analyze information system applications to make evidence-based decisions that maximize the efficiency and quality of departmental workflow. Learners also analyze the application of methods to improve the management of patient data, clinical knowledge, population data, and other information relevant to patient care and community health. 

6 quarter credits
Health Information Systems and Management

Learners in this course examine health care systems and health information management in the United States. Learners examine organizational relationships, business associations, and market forces that affect the health care system. In particular, learners build knowledge of leadership and management theories for health care systems and health information management.

6 quarter credits
HIM4620 *
Data Management in Health Information Systems

In this course, learners examine the operational and financial principles of managing health data from multiple source systems. Learners gain and demonstrate an understanding of various data integration tools and techniques used to support clinical information systems, including data warehousing, batch processing, and interface engines. Learners also examine and apply network and database design and architecture and their effects on source system development. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4640 *
Electronic Health Records and Health Information Systems

Learners in this course build their knowledge of health data management history and the role of the electronic health record (EHR) in health care organizations. Throughout the course, learners identify the characteristics of the EHR and other clinical systems, develop their skills in using an EHR, and evaluate the standards being developed to encourage EHR interoperability and data sharing. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4660 *
Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics in Health Care

Learners in this course gain a legal and ethical overview of the health information industry, including the role of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Learners analyze security and privacy issues related to gathering and sharing health data and examine the legal constraints of transmitting data outside the parameters of treatment, payment, and health operations. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Make an impact in the field of health information management and help change others' lives with the skills you develop in this degree program.

  • Communicate with your team using the unique health information management language.
  • Distinguish the unique features and capabilities among various health information systems.
  • Apply your leadership qualities to health information management in your organization.
  • Improve the entire cycle of the capture, storage, structure, and application of health care data.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional health care team.
  • Understand the impact of regulation and public policy on health information systems and initiatives.

Health Information Management career insights

4 Areas of Interest at the Intersection of Technology and Health Care

Connectivity is central to the health information technology field, providing opportunities to manage and lead change.

The Spectrum of Informatics in Health Care

As tech, health care, and compliance intertwine, informatics takes on greater importance across health care roles.

What Is Health Information Management?

Explore the field of health information management, including the roles for both health administration and health IT experts.

Health Information Management professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a bachelor’s in HIM.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Health information manager
  • Health information management (HIM) support specialist/clerk/associate
  • Medical coder
  • Health information management (HIM) abstractor
  • Medical office specialist
  • Patient registrar

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Government/military health care facility
  • Residential care facility
  • Dentist office
  • Ambulatory care facility
  • Nursing home
  • Integrated delivery system
  • Health insurance carrier
  • Hospice
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Mental health organization
  • Public health department

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with a BS in health care administration, health information management specialization

While the health information management field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:

Register patients, explain paperwork, obtain health history and insurance information all while maintaining patient confidentiality.

Prepare for a patient registrar role in clinics, hospitals, or in other health care facilities.

Analyze patient charts and determine the correct code for diagnoses and procedures while also abstracting additional information, including physician names, procedures dates, and other relevant details.

Prepare for a medical coder role in clinics, hospitals, or in other health care facilities.

Extract patient data to ensure proper reporting requirements are met and use new technologies to help health care facilities stay up to date with their record keeping.

Prepare for a health information abstractor role in clinics, hospitals, or in other health care facilities.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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