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Program Overview

Needs within the healthcare system continue to shift, making the role of the health information professional increasingly vital. The Bachelors of Professional Studies in Health Information Management prepares students to collect, maintain, interpret, analyze and protect data that is essential for providing quality, effective and efficient patient care. The program includes courses in the management of data with emphasis on electronic health data (the EHR), the analysis of information for patient care, financial and statistical purposes as well as auditing, trending and benchmarking. If you are interested in healthcare in a broader sense and want to create a better experience for patients behind the scenes, then Healthcare Information Management may be for you. Students should be interested in data management and analysis, technology, interacting with physicians and working collaboratively towards a common goal.

For acceptance into the HIA core program, the student must:

  • Demonstrate evidence of academic ability to succeed
  • Hold an Associate’s degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) with a 2.0 minimum GPA

Students who do not possess an Associate’s degree in HIT can enroll in the bridge program.
For acceptance into the bridge program, the student must:

  • Demonstrate evidence of academic ability to succeed
  • Possess the maturity and motivation to participate in an adult oriented, accelerated degree program

Health Information Management Minimum GPA and Dismissal Policy

To graduate with a Bachelor in Professional Studies degree in Health Information Management, students must complete all required courses with an overall 2.5 cumulative average and at least a 2.5 average in all HIM courses both in the BRIDGE and CORE sequences.  Students who fall below the required GPA will be placed on academic probation for the duration of 2 courses.  If they do not successfully raise their GPA above a 2.50by the end of the second course, they will be dismissed from the College and can reapply to the college in 6 months.

Program Goals:

  • To develop proficiency in the competencies, skills, and knowledge of health information management, including privacy and security, health databases, principles of management and leadership, professional certification and computer technologies.
  • To develop in all students the interpersonal skills necessary for effective participation in teams and groups.
  • To enhance the analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills of each individual student.
  • To develop and cultivate a sense of purpose, responsibility, and ethical behavior among individuals, especially in regard to the legal and ethical issues related to protected health information
  • To enhance the student’s written and spoken communication skills.
  • To develop proficiency in the application of computer technologies.

Delivery Format

  • Online

BPS in Health Information Management – Course Sequence

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete INT 010 Online Prep prior to beginning their course sequence.

CORE CURRICULUM (60 credits*)

GEN 310 Critical Thinking and Online Studies (4 credits)

HIA 321 Health Information Theory and Practice (4 credits)

HIA 322 The Legal Health Record (4 credits)

HIA 330 Information Systems & Technology (4 credits)

HIA 334 The Electronic Health Record (4 credits)

BIO 312 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (4 credits)

BIO 313 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (4 credits)

HIA 405 Managing the Coding Process for Inpatients (4 credits)

HIA 406 Managing the Coding Process for Outpatients (4 credits)

HIA 407 Reimbursement Methodologies (4 credits)

HIA 408 Financial and Revenue Cycle Management (4 credits)

HIA 466 Health Data Management, Storage, and Retrieval (4 credits)

HIA 408 Financial and Revenue Cycle Management (4 credits)

HIA 333 Healthcare Statistics, Research, and Quality Improvement (4 credits)

HIA 440 Management and Organization for Health Professions (4 credits)

HIA 460 HIA Management Capstone (4 credits)

HIA 470 Professional Review and Certification (4 credits)

Transfer/Electives: 60 credits (The bridge sequence may count towards these 60 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 120

BRIDGE SEQUENCE (24 Credits)

HIA 197 Essentials of Healthcare Delivery (4 credits)

HIA 198 Health Information Technology (4 credits)

MAT 203 Statistics for Today’s Business (4 credits)

HIA 123 Medical Terminology (4 credits)

BIO 140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

*The BPS-HIM Program is an accelerated, online degree completion sequence, one of several developed for working adults who have already earned college credits and have significant work experience in the field. A BPS-HIM Bridge course sequence is available to students who do not have the necessary credits.