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Healthcare Information Management - Graduate Certificate, Certificate


This program combines technical and managerial skills, and can build on your current IT skills to give you a specialized and competitive career advantage.

Created with flexibility for working adults, this program adapts to teach new and relevant technologies from field-experienced faculty who address real-world scenarios.

As the amount of digital patient and health data continues to increase, professionals who understand and protect the specific demands of the healthcare field are needed for data mining, facility economics, and internet-based medical care implementing HIPAA best practices.

What’s Different About DeSales?

  • Our faculty are working professionals. You’ll be taught by professionally active advanced practice faculty who connect textbook theory with real-world application of tools, processes, and methodologies.
  •  You can choose from the flexibility of online, in-classroom or hybrid course options and attend full- or part-time. You can choose the program that will best fit into your life.
  • We offer four starts dates per year, so your education doesn’t have to wait.


Nursing at DeSales A Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Healthcare Information Management incorporates information technology with specialized skills in the ever-growing healthcare field.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates for this graduate certificate must submit the following items to be considered for admissions:

  • Application: Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and accepted students may begin at the next available session
    • Application Fee:  $50
    • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Official Transcripts: Candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree in a computer related discipline from an accredited US institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B).  Applicants who have not earned a degree in a related field may still be eligible for admission based on professional experience and potential to succeed in the program. Applicant who lacks related coursework may be eligible for ‘provisional’ admission to the program. Provisional admission simply requires the completion of one or two additional foundational courses as part of your plan of study.
  • Personal Statement:  A personal statement detailing your professional goals as well as how the program from DeSales University can assist you in achieving these goals.
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The 18-credit Healthcare Information Management certificate program is a richly blended skillset of nursing science and information science. 

As a student in this program, you'll be advised by both the Nursing program advisor and the MSIS program director to ensure your education path matches your goals. 

The Healthcare Information Management certificate required the following 6 courses:

  • IT 511 Database Management - Students learn database design, structured query language programming, and advanced database management. Skills such as performance tuning, transaction management and database administration are emphasized.
  • IT 513 Data Mining and Visualization - The course explores, in depth, the scope, requirements, architecture, design, tools and implementation of data warehousing, data mining and data visualization.
  • IT 532 Systems Analysis and Design - Addresses fundamental concepts of requirements specification, analysis, and system design. Topics include systems, events, objects, classes, inheritance, associations, and models. Requirements specification covers use cases, usage scenarios, interaction diagrams, and models. Requirements analysis includes event stimuli, business rules, event responses, system context models, domain object models, and objects state transition diagrams. System design includes mapping events and object models.
  • IT 541 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - Students will learn decision systems model formulation, design, construction and validation. Includes web-based technology, Monte Carlo techniques, simulation languages, random numbers and verifications.
  • IT 562 Data Analytics - Students will focus on access to unstructured data from multiple sources and applying statistical methodologies for improved decision-making will be covered.
  • IT 580 Healthcare Information Technology Management - Introduces the critical elements of a successful simulation of healthcare IT project in a group-based environment. Groups will work through all phases of a project, from project request, through RFP and vendor selection, budgeting/planning, critical path matrix management, communication/change management, support and post support optimization, project close out, development/measurement of KPI’s and other analytics.

Course Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Graduate certificates are awarded upon completion of all required coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point overage of 3.0 with no grades lower than B-.

Careers & Internships

Job growth in this field is at an all-time high, and trained professionals are in consistently increasing demand.

Average national salaries within this field:

  • Senior Data Analyst - $79,703
  • Senior Privacy & Security Analyst - $95,565
  • Director of Analytics - $126,597
  • Data Security Administrator - $69,634
  • Information Security Analyst - $71,309 – $98,350
  • Information Security Manager - $113,115
  • Cyber Security Engineer - $94,929
  • Clinical Analyst - $69,038
  • Health Information Management Director - $70,691
  • Information Technology Manager - $87,593
  • Information Technology Project Manager - $87,446

(Source:, 2016 & Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs

  • Tuition/credit hour: $880*
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Re-admission Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Returned Check Service: $30
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fee – 30% of course tuition charge

*Tuition/credit hour will remain the same for the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition costs are subject to change with notice.

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown listed below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 

Blackboard Learn™ is our online learning system.

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Dr. Pranshu Gupta, Director of Graduate Computer Science Programs
Dooling Hall 222A