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Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

To prepare for an exciting career that combines expertise in clinical medicine, management, information technology, electronic health record systems, and finance, Temple University offers one of the oldest programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management (BSHIM).

A career in HIM challenges creative intellectual minds, combining interests in medicine, management, information technology, electronic health record systems, and finance. HIM professionals design and manage health information systems, with special attention to quality and privacy of health information, in a wide range of settings such as hospitals, managed and ambulatory care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, and public health organizations. According to a 2010 survey of Temple's HIM alumni, the average salary is $45,000.

Temple’s BSHIM program, accredited since 1969 by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM), is one of only three in Pennsylvania and 54 in the U.S.

Graduates are eligible to take the national Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA) certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

Program Design:

  • The BSHIM program is offered as a full-time day program at Temple's Health Sciences campus, however some course are also offered online, in the evening, and at the Ambler and Main campuses.
  • 2+2 Design: Two years in the Pre-HIM program with classes in general education and HIM pre-requisite courses, followed by two years of professional coursework.
  • The Pre-HIM program may be taken in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis at any campus; some classes are offered online.
  • You may also complete your pre-HIM coursework at Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Camden County College, and Montgomery County Community College. Read more about the transfer program agreements here.

Clinical Experience

  • BSHIM students are required to complete two clinical internships during their course of study to gain experience in the field.
  • During the eight-week Professional Practice Internship (2 credits), students work at a healthcare facility within the Delaware Valley for a full day each week.
  • During the four-week Management Internship (3 credits), students work full-time at a facility outside the area to develop a management solution for the company.

For more information about the BSHIM and the Pre-HIM program, please contact Professor Karen McBride at kmcbride@temple.edu.