The Department of Health Information Administration offers the following programs:
Bachelor of Science Degree, Health Information Administration
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Health Information Administration
The baccalaureate degreecurriculum is divided into the pre-professional phase of the program (freshman and
sophomore years) and the professional phase (junior and senior years). A total of
124 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science degree.
The pre-professional curriculum includes completion of the university’s general education
requirements, the basic science courses and prerequisites for professional course
work. This course of study provides students with the broad-based knowledge needed
for the two-year professional curriculum.
The post-baccalaureate certificate program consists of two years of professional course work. A total of 62 hours is
required for the certificate. The required prerequisite courses (26 hours) can be
taken at any accredited school.
The department offers a flexible curriculum for registered health information technicians
(RHITs) who desire to become registered health information administrators (RHIA).
Additionally, these students have the opportunity to take competency examinations
to meet requirements of some courses in the first year of the professional phase.
The professional curriculum encompasses medical science, technology and management.
Many of the professional courses have a laboratory component that allows students
to practice technical activities using current medical and general office software
in a dedicated, up-to-date computer laboratory.
Professional Practice Experience (PPE)
Students complete two professional practice experiences (PPE) of 160 hours each.
Junior students may elect to complete their PPE as a directed practice one day a week
during spring semester, or as a one-month block during the summer following the junior
year. The senior PPE is scheduled for one month during the spring semester of the
senior year. Students are responsible for a fee for liability insurance. In addition
they are responsible for expenses connected to the PPE such as transportation and
Comprehensive Examinations Required
Students are required to score at least 75% on each of two comprehensive examinations
in order to graduate. The junior year comprehensive examination consists of 100 questions
and is given at the end of the school year. Students are allowed to take a second
examination if they scored less that 75%. The senior year comprehensive examination
consists of 160 questions and is given at the end of the last required course. Students
that fail to score at least 75% are allowed to take an additional examination.