Welcome to the Health Information Management Department at Texas State University. The BSHIM leads to the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) certification and prepares one for jobs in a variety of settings and positions. HIM is a field that combines an interest in healthcare with technology and management and is predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the fastest growing occupations with competitive salaries and varied employment opportunities.
What is Health Information Management? HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.
The HIM Department at Texas State strives to maintain a curriculum that will prepare the graduate both for the existing HIM roles in addition to those that continue to emerge as regulations change and with the development and implementation of the electronic health record. The professional phase of the HIM curriculum is taught in two formats – the traditional campus-based program and a web-based program. The BSHIM degree is designed to be completed in a 2 + 2 format, two years of core general education and other prerequisite coursework and two years of professional program coursework to include professional practice experience assignments in healthcare facilities throughout the state. The HIM courses are taught by faculty with a wealth of HIM practice experience to share in the classroom.
In the fall of 2015, the department implemented an online Master of Health Information Management degree program. The program is currently in candidacy status with the Commission of Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The program anticipates the first group of graduates to complete the degree in May 2017.
It is an exciting time in the health information management profession. We are proud of our dynamic curriculum and the accomplishments of our faculty, students and graduates. Explore our website to learn more about these and contact me if you have additional questions.
Jackie Moczygemba, MBA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Department Chair & Associate Professor