Health Information Administration
The degree prepares students to advance in a career as a health information administrator in a number of professional settings. Interested students must first complete an associate degree in Health Information Technology from a CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) accredited program.
Students who already have a registered health information technology (RHIT) credential may be able to earn their bachelor's degree in two years and secure a registered health information administrator (RHIA) credential.
After completion of the RHIA exam, graduates can seek employment in hospitals, multispecialty clinics and physician practices, long-term care, mental health and other ambulatory care settings, and/or non-patient care settings, with careers in managed care and insurance companies, software services, consulting services, government agencies, education and pharmaceutical companies.
Coursework at Peirce equips graduates with specialized scientific and managerial skills in line with American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) competencies.
The Peirce Health Information Administration program provides:
- Access to the AHIMA Virtual Lab, which provides a number of applications currently used in the healthcare industry. Hands-on access helps ensure students are better prepared to enter careers
- Expertise in the classroom: faculty members hold prestigious positions in healthcare in the Greater Philadelphia region
- Networking opportunities for students: faculty are active at the local, state and national levels of the healthcare community
- Online and/or on-campus studies
- Accelerated seven-week courses
- Student association for networking, skill-building and support
Our Health Information Administration program is a natural extension--and the bachelor's component--of our Health Information Technology associate degree program: what we call a 2+2 model. The 2+2 model gives students the ability to earn an associate degree, secure credentials, begin working in the field, and then later earn a bachelor's degree, when the time is right (either immediately following attainment of the associate degree or at some point in the future). This provides flexibility to those students who cannot commit to four years or more of studies to earn a bachelor's degree.