Program of Study

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Student Handbook

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 degree curriculum 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.

Additional Information About This Program

This post-baccalaureate certificate prepares students for employment in hospitals, clinics, health agencies, health information systems, medical research, or any other health-related organization. Completers are eligible to sit for the national certification exam of the American Health Information Management Association where upon completion can become a Registered Health Information Administrator. This certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. For information about program costs, employment, and other information, click here.

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.

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Laboratory Components

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 meals.

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.