Image of a UMA student studying online as part of the health information management program.
Image of a UMA student studying online as part of the health information management program.

Health Information Management Online8 Program

Learn to manage the patient information systems that drive healthcare.

Health Information Management Online8 Program

Learn to manage the patient information systems that drive healthcare.

Earn your degree online in 18 months.16

Help healthcare facilities manage and safeguard patient information and pursue a career path in health information management. Your path can start today. Enroll in Ultimate Medical Academy’s online8 Health Information Management program and earn an associate degree in 18 months.1 UMA’s flexible curriculum can fit around your schedule and offers both the foundational knowledge and soft skills needed for entry-level roles in the field.

In addition to the program’s online coursework, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in a 90-hour practicum to apply what you’ve learned and gain workplace experience that you can add to your resume.

Managing of vital patient data, supporting patient information security, and the sharing of this information between different facilities continues to be a growing need within the healthcare industry.17 And as this industry continues to take a more digital approach, you can do the same with an online education at UMA.

What is a health information management technician?

Health Information Management technicians help collect, organize, and track patient information by managing patients’ electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic medical records (EMRs), while maintaining and safeguarding their data privacy. Using EHRs and EMRs, the data tracked can also include medical history, symptoms, and test results as well as helping physicians access these records.

Classes start Monday, Jul 22, 2024

Let’s talk about it.

You have questions. We have answers.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid if qualified, selecting a program, and more. We’ll also give you a call to ensure your questions are answered so you can decide which program is right for you.

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Health information technician career training

In addition to the analytical, technical, and management skills covered in UMA’s Health Information Management program, real-world knowledge is important as well. Students enrolled in our program receive 90 hours of hands-on experience under supervision.

RHIT Certification

Becoming a registered health information technician (RHIT) can give you an advantage when it comes time to look for a job. That’s why UMA offers Health Information Management graduates an RHIT Certification Prep course, at no additional cost, to prepare them to sit for the RHIT examination offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Graduates must meet eligibility requirements to sit for the RHIT examination.

CAHIIM accredited

The Health Information Management accreditor of Ultimate Medical Academy is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Ultimate Medical Academy’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2033-2034. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to the CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at


Below are outcomes for the Health Information Management (HIM) program per CAHIIM requirements. Ultimate Medical Academy’s HIM program had the following outcomes:

  • 82% retention rate18

Please note, the first cohort of Health Information Management students graduated in January 2023; as a result, additional student outcomes will be published at a later date per CAHIIM reporting requirements.

Courses in the Health Information Management program

UMA’s Health Information Management program offers an education that gives you the opportunity to build field-relevant foundational skills. You’ll learn about leadership roles in healthcare, health information and cybersecurity, electronic health records, how healthcare consumers can use and access their information, and more. This is all to help you set yourself apart when looking to start your career.

Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Associate Degree

Credits: 63 Approx. time to complete: 18 months1

Core Courses (38 Credits)

  • Introduction to Health Information and the Healthcare Record 3.0 credits
  • Student Success 1.0 credits
  • Healthcare Law, Policies, and Ethics 3.0 credits
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3.0 credits
  • International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding I 2.0 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Computer Office Productivity Applications 3.0 credits
  • International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding II 2.0 credits
  • Healthcare Reimbursement & the Revenue Cycle 3.0 credits
  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3.0 credits
  • Information Technology in the Healthcare Environment 3.0 credits
  • Statistics and Data Sets in Healthcare 3.0 credits
  • Career Success 2.0 credits
  • Health Information Leadership Roles, Theories, and Skills 3.0 credits
  • Developing PPE Skills & Certification Preparation 2.0 credits
  • Health Information Professional Practice Experience (PPE) 2.0 credits

General Education Courses (25 Credits)

  • English Composition 3.0 credits
  • Interpersonal Professional Communication 3.0 credits
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3.0 credits
  • College Math 3.0 credits
  • Psychology 3.0 credits
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.0 credits
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3.0 credits
  • Sociology 3.0 credits

Work Environments

Professionals in this field work in settings such as:

  • Doctor’s office
  • Insurance company
  • Health technology company
  • Hospital

When you pursue an associate degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:

  • You gain a strong foundation for pursuing your new career.
  • You’ll have UMA staff dedicated to your success.
  • You have a career services team committed to getting you interview ready so you can jumpstart your search for a career.
  • You receive flexible online training.8

At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support teams can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.

Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the UMA online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.

An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future. We are proud to have supported more than 85,000 students through graduation so far. We’d love to help you, too!

Continuing Education After UMA

Your associate degree doesn’t need to be the end of your education; UMA maintains agreements with various educational partners who share our values and our missions. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study.9 Find more information on UMA’s partner schools.

What kind of financial aid options are available?

If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.

To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact a Student Finance advisor at 888-212-5421.

Not sure which program to choose?

Try our fun and informational healthcare careers quiz for inspiration. Just answer a few simple personality questions and learn which program may best suit you!

In their words…


  • What is a health information management technician?

    Health information management technicians help to maintain and process electronic health records (EHRs) which have become a standard part of the entire healthcare industry. Helping to maintain EHR data privacy and security is often part of the health information technician’s job description. This career is focused on using computers to fulfill these responsibilities.

  • Want to know how to become a health information management technician?

    If this sounds like the right path for you, then you’ll need career training to learn the skills needed for entry-level positions in this field. In addition to online education, UMA students in this program also get real-world experience through a practicum (non-paid work experience with a business). In this practicum, you will complete tasks commonly required in a job relating to the field under supervision. When you complete your degree program with UMA, you can apply for entry-level jobs.

  • Is there a difference between online schools that offer this program?

    Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer health information management programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services to help you overcome academic challenges. UMA is a school that offers a health information management program which includes one-on-one academic support, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching, and job search assistance.

  • What type of health information management courses would I take?

    As a health information management student at UMA, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll receive an introduction to health information and records, leadership roles in healthcare settings, cybersecurity as it relates to health information, procedural terminology codes, and so much more. To see a typical list of the courses you would take at UMA, see the courses section on this page or consult the UMA Catalog.

  • How much does a health information management technician make?

    Entry-level positions for this career field typically start in the lower range of estimated salaries, with the lowest 10 percent being $29,340 or less annually. UMA’s programs prepare graduates for such entry-level positions and its median graduate salaries generally tend to be in this range, based on self-reported data from graduates shortly after graduation.

    The median annual salary for all those in this career field (not just UMA graduates) is $46,660. The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $74,200. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

    Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

  • What’s it like to take courses online?

    Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you — providing they meet deadlines set by your instructor. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online academic support, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support, and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

  • What’s the best school for your needs?

    Of course, you’re looking for the best school — for you. So, we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.

  • Is UMA Accredited?

    Ultimate Medical Academy is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (, a national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Though UMA is not your traditional 4-year university or local community college, we offer online diplomas and degrees in 11 healthcare programs, some of which offer on-site externships and certification preparation — all intended to put you in a position to pursue a healthcare career after graduation.

  • What should I look for in top schools for career training?

    Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer health information management programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer health information management training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services page.