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Gain Valuable Skills in the Fast-Growing Field of Health Information Management

Associate Degree in Health Information Management

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Career Outlook and Growth

Growing Job Market and Attractive Careers in Healthcare

Careers in health information management, medical billing and coding, and healthcare administration provide a rewarding work environment and job security in a growing industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA):

  • Jobs are expected to increase by 8% or higher by the year 2029—much faster than the average for all other occupations.1

Bryan University can fast-track you to success, giving you the education, skills, and confidence to qualify for a great job.

Employment Opportunities

Enjoy the flexibility to choose from a range of career paths, such as:

  • Certified Medical Biller and Coder – assign codes to patient records using ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codebooks for different diagnoses and medical procedures for in-patient and out-patient settings
  • Health Information Technician or Manager – prepare and scan medical record documents, ensuring accuracy and timeliness, retrieve records and releases information for patient care purposes
  • Medical Records Technician – work to organize, monitor, update and maintain healthcare providers’ electronic medical records
  • Medical Secretary – patient intake, insurance verification, and medical record creation
  • Medical Office Administrator – responsible to keep the healthcare organization running smoothly and efficiently by directing and coordinating operations
  • Quality Improvement Analyst – responsible for core measures such as patient safety, patient satisfaction and employee utilization while performing necessary database and statistical analyses for improving patient outcomes and reducing costs
  • Insurance Claims Analyst – review insurance policy to determine coverage, prepare insurance claim forms, calculate claim amounts, and transmit claims for payment or further investigation
  • Reimbursement and Insurance Manager – responsible for the day-to-day management of the reimbursement department.

Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Employers

With a degree from Bryan University, find opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Law Offices
  • College Health Departments
  • Military and VA Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Health Product Vendors
  • Nursing Home Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Surgery Centers

Program Overview

Gain the Skills Employers Need

In the growing healthcare industry, Bryan University’s programs can put you on the path to a rewarding career. Our programs help you bridge the gap from theory to practical application, so you will be job-ready upon graduation. You’ll attain skills and knowledge such as:

  • Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology
  • The U.S. healthcare system organization and delivery, including healthcare information systems
  • The components of the healthcare record; how it is created, stored, and protected
  • Ability to translate diagnosis, conditions, and procedures into medical codes using a variety of standard formats, including ICD, CPT, and HCPCS
  • How to analyze personal and group productivity and make recommendations for improvements in record quality and employee performance
  • Preparation for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • How to research and review patient data records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations
  • Ability to use analytic tools to visualize, analyze, and present data to help provide decision support and drive strategic initiatives
  • Leadership, human resources, project management, and healthcare management skills

Gain Real-World Experiences so You’re Job-Ready

Bryan University’s programs are based on current competencies outlined by AHIMA. As a student, you’ll use the AHIMA Virtual Lab (Vlab), which gives you real-world experience with industry-leading technologies that healthcare employers actually use in the workplace, in addition to resume-building skills such as:

  • EHR MEDITECH: learn to navigate the electronic health record (EHR) used in over 2,300 hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide
  • 3M Coding & Reimbursement: gain hands-on, practical experience using the world’s most popular coding software
  • Nuance Clintegrity: become familiar with encoder software tools and ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codebooks
  • On-site externship experience: we’ll assist you in finding a professional practice experience so you can gain real-world experience on-site with a healthcare facility while earning three credit towards your degree

Our program helps ensure you have the relevant career skills and soft skills to build a solid resume that employers want.

Unrivaled Benefits, Personalized for You

As a Bryan student, you’ll receive several valuable benefits, which include:

  • Membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) included in tuition
  • The cost for exam attempts for the CCA, CCS, and RHIT through AHIMA included in tuition
  • Books and electronic courseware included in tuition
  • Technology that helps you learn faster and retain more knowledge
  • A mastery-based learning environment that allows you to improve grades by retaking assignments
  • Peer mentors, tutors and success coaches who provide encouragement, guidance and insight
  • Live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty coaching sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

The health information management accreditor of Bryan University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for the Associate Degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022. 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 info@cahiim.org.

Student Achievement Data: HIM Associate Degree 2020-2021
Graduation Rate
Job Placement Rate
RHIT Exam Pass Rate
34%
75%
100%

 

Connect with an Online Community Like No Other

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community who will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Earn While You Learn: Dual Enrollment Available

You can enroll in the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate and Associate Degree in Health Information Management concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree.

Continue to the Bachelor’s Degree Level

Once you complete your associate degree, you may also consider completing the Bryan University Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration, developed in partnership with industry experts with two concentrations to choose from: Health Information Management Systems or Public Health. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Footnotes

1Please visit www.onetonline.org (classification code 29-9021.00) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. Also see American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) on the internet at: http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo. Sites visited on January 10, 2021.

Program Details

Why We're Different: Students Come First

Tuition Lock Guarantee

We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus tuition goes down the longer you're in school.

Job Search Assistance

We provide students job search assistance while in school and once they graduate.

Accelerated Programs

You can get started - and finish - fast.

Welcome Kits Included

Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

Faculty Who Put You First

Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

Electronic Books & Courseware Included

We provide easy access to all your electronic textbooks and courseware.

Focus on Employment

You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.