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Associate Degree in Health Information Management

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

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Career Outlook and Growth

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 10% to 15% through the year 2030—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 paths2, 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

Note that the associate degree in health information management includes pathway options for two specialized tracks: Revenue Management and Data Management.

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 Go: learn from real-world patient cases while honing your skills in electronic health records technology.
  • 3M Coding & Reimbursement: gain practical experience using the world's most popular coding software.
  • 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 [email protected].

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Student Achievement Data: HIM Associate Degree 2020-2021​

Graduation RateEmployment RateRHIT Exam Pass Rate

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 smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that 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.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.


1 Please visit (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 Also see Sites visited on 1/15/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

2 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

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The Associate Degree in Health Information Management prepares students for entry-level employment in the exciting and growing field of health information. The program focuses on the skills related to health information management systems, preparing students to work in a wide range of healthcare organizations. This program includes pathway options for specialized tracks: Revenue Management and Data Management. The program also includes an avenue to credentialing exams, such as the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), including options to higher credentialing exams. Hands-on, practical experience is the focus of the program, which utilizes the AHIMA Virtual Laboratory enabling students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern healthcare marketplace, and also includes a practicum program to gain actual workplace experience and networking opportunities. Following the completion of the program, graduates will possess an understanding of the concepts and theories associated with health information management and will be able to:

  • Describe how to utilize medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, pathology, and pharmacology terms in the field.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in utilizing the United States healthcare system, including health data management, clinical classification systems, reimbursement methodologies, health statistics, biomedical research, quality management, healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues, information technology and systems, data storage, and retrieval, data security and healthcare information systems, financial and resource management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the collection, maintenance, and record-keeping process with healthcare data in accordance with established professional best practice guidelines.
  • Logically interpret and translate diagnosis, conditions, and procedures into medical codes using a variety of standard formats, including ICD, CPT, and HCPCS.
  • Monitor personal and group productivity and organizational processes to make recommendations for improvements in record quality, employee, and organizational performance.
  • Describe the utility of analytic tools to visualize, interpret, and present data to help provide decision support and drive strategic initiatives.
  • Work in a variety of medical environments.


UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.

BIO-100S—Medical Terminology—3.0 credits
This course will provide students with a foundation in medical terminology. Students will learn strategies for memorizing and recalling medical terms, and a broad array of medical terms common in the health care professions.

BIO-105S—Anatomy and Physiology—3.0 credits
A course covering the systems that comprise the human organism.

BIO-115S—Pathology and Disease Process & Pharmacology—3.0 credits
This course will cover the development and progression of disease within the systems of the human body. Students will also learn about the pharmaceuticals that interact with certain diseases and conditions.

HIM-100—Introduction to Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides the student an overview of the profession of health information management and its role in the healthcare delivery system. Students are introduced to the major HIM department functions and department inter-relationships.

HIM-105—Understanding the Healthcare Record—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the acute care health record including accreditation, certification, and licensure content and documentation standards. Students review author responsibilities and the quantitative and qualitative record review processes.

HIM-110—ICD Diagnosis Coding and Application—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system. The student will learn how to use the ICD code book and will assign and sequence ICD codes for diagnoses in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting in selected areas and body systems.

HIM-120—ICD Procedure Coding—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system as it relates to coding procedures. The student will assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures of selected body systems, in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.

HIM-130—ICD Procedure Coding Applications—3.0 credit
This course is continuation of HIM-120. The student will apply what they learned in HIM-120, coding procedures using the ICD code book, ICD coding conventions and the "Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting," to assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures in selected areas and body systems.

HIM-140—Healthcare Insurance and Reimbursement—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an overview of US healthcare reimbursement systems, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare third-party payers, and the billing process, including concepts of revenue cycle management. Advanced coding concepts such as the use of codes in reimbursement systems, ethical and compliant coding, and additional vocabularies, terminologies, and classification systems will also be discussed. Utilization of coding tools such as groupers and computer-assisted coding will be included.

HIM-150—CPT and HCPCS Coding—3.0 credits
This course will introduce students to the CPT manual and coding structure. Students will assign CPT and HCPCS codes according to established guidelines and reporting requirements.

HIM-200—Healthcare Law & Ethics and Applications—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the laws and ethics covering the practice of health information management. This course also addresses the U.S. court system, the concepts of privacy and confidentiality, and the release of information procedures. Also, students will continue to gain industry experience by utilizing a virtual lab environment, applying program knowledge and competencies.

HIM-205—Computer Systems for Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides an overview of computer systems used in healthcare settings, and includes a detailed focus on health information systems and technology including integrity, privacy, and security of healthcare data.

HIM-210—Healthcare Statistics and Quality Improvement—3.0 credits
This course provides the fundamentals of statistical analysis, interpretation, and display, with a focus on vital and healthcare statistics. Students will conduct statistical calculations and decision-making using statistical data. Students will also integrate statistics with the concepts, steps, and techniques healthcare facilities use in care monitoring and personnel development, including evaluation of outcomes and services, performance improvement, risk management, and safety evaluation.

HIM-220—Human Resources and Organizational Management—3.0 credits
This course introduces students to human resources and organizational management, reviewing strategies to promote organizational success. Key HR functions such as recruitment, staffing, development, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined, as well as, key organizational functions such as organizing, planning, leading and controlling resources.

HIM-230—Data Analytics and Management—3.0 credits
Students will learn how to analyze data and use data tools. They will gain skills in sorting large data sets, interpreting data, and applying and abstracting data in a meaningful way. Students will learn the art of data mining and acquire hands on experience working on data mining projects. Also, students will utilize data dashboards and create other data visualizations, tracking healthcare trends and making recommendations for improvement.

HIM-299— Professional Practice Experience—3.0 credits
Students will review and practice HIM and coding concepts and exercises learned during the course of the Health Information Management program at Bryan University. Emphasis will be placed on skills that directly relate to successful completion of a certification examination. This course allows for self-directed review to identify topics on which additional study is needed to master the requirements of the certification examination. Additionally, this course includes professional practice experience, or placement in a healthcare facility, health information management department, or related service, to use acquired technology level skills and build practical knowledge of health information functions and systems. It requires the completion of a capstone project for and under the direction of the program director or site.

ENG-110S*—English Composition I—3.0 credits
This course covers written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.

MAT-110S*—Algebra I—3.0 credits
This course begins with a review of real numbers and algebraic expressions before covering algebra topics including linear equations and inequalities, lines and functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, and factoring.

ENG-112S*—English Composition II—3.0 credits
This course builds on lessons learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, topics include research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analyses of written topics.

COM-115S*—Interpersonal Communication—3.0 credits
This course introduces the concepts and theories of interpersonal communication. Students will explore the process and functions of communication, developing relationships, communication strategies and skills, and interpersonal language skills, including conflict management.

CRT-110S*—Critical Thinking I—3.0 credits
This course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies.

* Classes noted with an asterisk are general education.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 66 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Marjorie Rosen
Marjorie Rosen

Program Director, Bryan University
Email: [email protected]

  • 20 years in Health Information Management leadership
  • M.B.A. in Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Healthcare)
  • B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology
  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Board of Director, Arizona Health Information Management Association
  • Past Board of Director, Missouri In-Home Services Alliance
  • AHIMA & IFHIMA member
Avalon Adams-Thames
Avalon Adams-Thames

Faculty, Bryan University
Email: [email protected]

  • Over 15 years of experience in the field of Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health
  • B.S. in Health Science Education
Jasmine Agnew
Jasmine Agnew

Faculty, Bryan University
Email: [email protected]

  • 20 years of experience in health information management
  • H.I.I.M. in Health Informatics and Information Management
  • B.S. in Health Information Management
  • A.A.S. in Health Information Technology
  • RHIA Credentialed
  • AHIMA and AAHIM Member
  • Experienced in program and curriculum development
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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

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Kelly Baker

Instructor, Bryan University

DPA in Public Administration from West Chester University; MA in Communication Studies from West Chester University and BA in Communications from Immaculata University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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