Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Paulson, Craig


The purpose of this quantitative, nonexperimental, correlational study was to determine the degree to which factors of a high-quality professional practice experience (PPE) in undergraduate health information management (HIM) programs relate to HIM student PPE satisfaction. This study utilized a web-based PPE satisfaction survey of HIM students who completed a PPE from an accredited undergraduate HIM program during the 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, and 2019/2020 school years. Data analysis involved descriptive statistics for survey Likert scale items, the use of Pearson correlation to determine the relationship between the independent variables and student PPE satisfaction, Cronbach alpha for the full PPE scale reliability and the reliability of several subscales, and exploratory multiple regression was used to generate two models to see which scale items best predicted overall student PPE satisfaction. The PPE experience factors that were significant predictors of overall student PPE satisfaction were (a) preceptor developed a schedule, (b) PPE provided me with marketable job experience, (c) preceptor was willing to answer my questions (negative correlation), (d) preceptor functioned as a true mentor, and (e) PPE gave me a better understanding of academic concepts. This study emphasizes the factors that contribute to a quality, satisfactory PPE for HIM students and serves as a guide for undergraduate HIM programs in developing effective PPE programs and measuring HIM student PPE satisfaction.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation