Health Sciences


B.S. in Health Information Management

Health information managers are a vital and integral part of the health care team. They play an important role in the planning, design, implementation, management, use and evaluation of information systems and electronic health records. Health information managers are the specialists who secure, analyze, integrate, maintain and provide reliable and accurate information the steers the healthcare industry.In the competitive and complex environment of today's health care system, the proper management of health information is essential. The 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management offers a course of study that prepares students to monitor and manage the medical data systems critical to institutional operations and patient care.

All of the HIM courses are 100% online. It is expected that students will be logging into the learning management system on a daily basis to review the material posted and complete all assigned work. The HIM core courses are spread in the last two years between the junior and senior years. Both part-time and full-time options are available.


The Health Information Management baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (  

National Certification Exam Passage Rate for the HIM Program

  • 2016-2017 RHIA passing rate - 83%
  • Program retention rate - 86%
  • Program graduation rate - 83%

Students that successfully complete the B.S. degree or certificate programs in Health Information Management are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) (

Course Description

HIM 104 Health Information Management Department

This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to function in a manual or electronic environment within the Health Information Management field. This includes a discussion of the historical development of medical care, and defining primary and secondary health information. The student learns to analyze, abstract and assess the timeliness and quality of health care data. Instruction on filing systems and controls is also included. Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 104C Directed Practicum I

This is a supervised learning experience to develop understanding, skill and insight into medical record procedures; develop awareness of the confidential nature of information given by the patient to the physician; and to observe interaction among departments.
Fall, 1 credit

HIM 106 ICD Inpatient Coding System

Purposes and methods of classifying diseases and operations; differences between nomenclature and classification systems ICD-10-CM Coding; other systems of classification and the value of indexes and registers are emphasized. Appropriate methods of supervising ICD- 10-CM coding are achieved through actual training in the coding process. 
Co-requisites: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format .
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 106C Coding Virtual Lab

This course is a supervised learning experience to develop skill and insight in classifying diseases and operations and in the use of various systems of classification.
Co-requisites: HIM 106.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 1 credit

HIM 108 Regulatory, Compliance, Medical Staff and Hospital Organization

This course is a comprehensive review of the organization of the medical staff within the health organization. The structure of health care facilities is also presented and includes medical staff responsibilities, organizations and the implications of peer review for the health information manager.
Co-requisites: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 110 Reimbursement Methodology

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basics of various principles of healthcare reimbursement.  Reimbursement methodologies covered will include the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (PPS), Hospital Outpatient (PPS), Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (PPS), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (PPS), Long-Term Care Hospital (PPS), Ambulatory Surgery Center (PPS), Skilled Nursing Facility (PPS), and reimbursement systems for Physicians.  Medical record documentation requirements for all settings are discussed.  Course will include the study of the impact of federal legislation on healthcare reimbursement and an overview of the Federal Register.  3M and Quadramed software coding package will be utilized.
Co-requisites: HIM 106.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 206 CPT Outpatient Coding System

This course emphasizes the unique coding requirements in the outpatient setting.  The student learns to code procedures utilizing the CPT-4 coding classification system. Significant emphasis on coding within a hospital outpatient environment and physician offices.
Prerequisite: HIM 106.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 210 Computer-based Health Information Systems

This course is a comprehensive review of health information systems. Establishment of a health information system is outlined in addition to a detailed analysis of patient care, administration, and research subsystems. 
Prerequisite: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 211 Health Information in Non- Hospital Settings

This course is a survey of the problem oriented medical system, health records for ancillary service departments, and records for nursing homes, psychiatric centers, clinics and other non-hospital settings.
Prerequisite: HIM 104.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 212 Quality Management and Regulatory Agencies

This course introduces concepts of quality control in health care settings. It is divided into two distinct parts: the first deals with internal systems for setting standards, measuring quality and professional accountability; the second with external review agencies such as Peer Review Organization and the Joint Commission on Accreditation.
Prerequisite: 108.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 3 credits

HIM 213 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department

This senior seminar utilizes case studies, case problems and examples; the student applies the basic health information science principles through the management process. Prerequisite: All HIM courses or permission of instructor. This course utilizes the AHIMA virtual hospital laboratory environment to integrate the practical application of the theoretical management techniques employed by health information administrators.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Spring, 4 credits

HIM 220 Research, Evaluation, and Health Informatics

This course provides a foundation in the types, methods and presentation of health information research, as well as a review of basic descriptive and inferential statistics used when conducting research with large amounts of structured health data. The course will cover the basic theoretical principles of health informatics research, the rules of medical ethics that apply to medical research and the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students will learn various research designs and models, as well as different methods of data collection and analysis. This course will culminate in a health informatics research project using online clinical databases and current statistical applications such as SAS and Tableau.

Prerequisites: MTH 19, HIM 104, CLA 29 and CS 231

Spring, 3 credits

Related Pre-Requisite Courses

HIM 52 Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to medical terminology based on an understanding of human body systems and their interaction, meanings of combining forms, suffixes and prefixes. Students gain the ability to define, build and interpret medical terms.
Mode of instruction: Online format.
Fall, 3 credits

HIM 107 Study of Disease Processes

This course is a survey of disease within body systems that includes description of diseases, etiology, clinical manifestations, as well as evaluation and treatment of diseases. This course also includes an introduction to pharmacology; how drugs are used in the treatment of various health conditions and how the drugs affect the human body.
Traditional class room
Spring semester
3 credits

BMS 40 Computer Applications in Health Care

This course reviews the usefulness of computers for home or business. Students learn the current Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and the utilization of an online course management system (i.e. Blackboard or WebCT). Extensive "hands-on" computer use is involved for the completion of this course. Cross-referenced HPA 20.
On demand, 3 credits

HIM 54 Statistics and Research for Heath Information Manager

This course assists the student in understanding and interpreting numerical data. Topics covered include: descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, sampling techniques and elements of inferential statistics. Cross-referenced with MTH 19.
Fall and Spring, 3 credits

CLA 29 Structuring and Managing Data

This course covers the design and use of practical databases. Fundamental definitions, data modeling, graphical form design, user interaction, queries and reports are examined along with the role of databases in contemporary application systems. For non-majors
Prerequisite: Either CS 101, CS 2, or CLA 6.
Spring Semester, 3 credits

HPA 13 Legal Aspects of Health Care/Public Administration

This course considers the importance of law and regulations in the administrative process. Areas to be emphasized in this course include a general introduction to the law, legal environment of public and health organizations and the impact of the law upon administrative decision making. Freedom of information and right to privacy issues are examined. An attempt is made to acquaint the student with critical legal issues that are faced by managers.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 14 Financial Management in Health Care/Public Administration

A survey of the principles and practices of financial management theory and its applications to health care and public administration. The course will focus on budgeting and cost control, cost reimbursement, taxation and revenue, cost incentive programs and financial analysis specific to the health care and public sectors.
Every Year, 3 credits

MAN 11 Principles of Management

This course introduces the student to management history, concepts, theories and practices. The managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling are examined.
Every Semester, 3 credits

Typical Sequence

Freshman Year Credits
College 101 (Freshmen Requirement Only) 1
MTH 1 Mathematics 1 (Spring or Fall; Core Requirement) 3
CLA 6 Computer Literacy (Fall) or HPA 20 Computer Based Management Systems (Spring) or BMS 40 Computer Applications in Health Care (Fall) PROGRAM PRE-REQ 3
English 1,2 (Competency Requirement) - WAC 6
Psychology 1, 2 (Fulfills Social Sciences Core Requirements) 6
Language/Literature (Core Requirement) WAC 3
History/Philosophy (Core Requirement) 3
Electives 3
Total 28 cr.

Sophomore Year Credits

Biology 7,8 Anatomy & Physiology PROGRAM PRE-REQ 8
CLA 29 Structuring & Managing Data (Spring) PROGRAM PRE-REQ 3
History/Philosophy (Core Requirement) 6
Language/Literature (Core Requirement) WAC 3
HPA 13 Legal Aspects of Health Care/Public Administration (Spring) PROGRAM PRE-REQ 3
Electives 9
Total 32 cr.

Junior Year Credits  
HIM 107 Study of Disease Processes PROGRAM PRE-REQ 3
HIM 52 Medical Terminology (Fall) PROGRAM PRE-REQ 3
MTH 19 Statistics or HIM 54 Statistics and Research PROGRAM PRE-REQ 3
Political Science/Economics (Core Requirement) 6
Fine Arts (Core Requirement) 3
Electives 12
Total 30 cr.

Senior Year Credits  
HIM 104 Health Information Management Department (Fall) 3
HIM 104C Professional Practice Experience I (Fall) 1
HIM 108 Regulatory, Compliance, Medical Staff and Hospital Organization (Fall) 3
HIM 110 Reimbursement Methodologies (Spring) 3
HIM 206 Coding II (Fall) 3
HIM 106 Coding I (Spring) 3
HIM 106C Coding Professional Practice Experience (Spring) 1
HIM 210 Computer-based Health Information Systems (Spring) 3
HIM 211 Health Information in Non-Hospital Settings (Spring) 3
HIM 212 Quality Management and Regulatory Agencies (Fall) 3
HIM 213 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department (Spring) 4
Total 30 cr.

HIM Degree Plan Total: 120 cr.


School of Health Professions and Nursing
Dr. Denise Walsh, Dean
Life Science, Room 154