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Preparing for Today’s Dynamic Health Care Information Industry

Today's fast paced health centers have an urgent need for information management professionals. Regis University's online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) offers students the chance to prepare for an exciting career that offers great earning potential and job security!
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B.S. Health Information Management

Degree Overview

Getting to the facts quickly is imperative when you're in the business of saving lives. Today's fast paced health centers have an urgent need for information management professionals. Federal legislation has mandated a nationwide transition to electronic medical records, making Health Information Management (HIM) among the fastest growing careers. HIM professionals assume a wide variety of technical, managerial, and consultative roles in the health care delivery system. Employment opportunities exist in all types of health care facilities and settings.

According to the 2011-12 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to keep growing faster than the average of all occupations through 2020.

The HIM program is offered 100% online! The online format allows you to advance your education, while maintaining full-time employment. Gain hands-on experience in virtual directed practice with coding and health care information systems. Make valuable professional connections during the management practicum as you learn decision making and problem resolution strategies.

Degree: Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree and are eligible to sit for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam - a credential recognized anywhere in the United States and some international locations without retesting. In addition to the HIM degree, graduates also earn a minor in Health Care Administration. The HIM program pass rates routinely exceed the national exam pass rates and over 90% of students completing the program are employed immediately after or prior to completing the program.

Online Format: Flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete weekly assignments.  Each class eight weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

Start Dates: Spring (January), Summer (May), Fall (August)

Application Deadline: Regis University's HIM program has a rolling admission deadline so it’s never too late to apply. Course size is limited, so it is best to submit applications sooner than later.

Length of Program: The bachelor’s degree in HIM requires 128 semester hours and may be completed in 24-30 months taking at least one class per 8-week academic term. Additional core requirements may extend the program beyond two years. Individuals who already possess the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential are awarded credit for specific coursework within the professional core.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 128 semester hours.

Health Information Management Core Requirements
English Composition 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication 6 semester hour
Philosophy Elective 3 semester hours
Ethics in Health Care Services (HCE 435) 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Social Science/Economics/Business 12 semester hours
Natural Science/Mathematics/Computer Science 6 semester hours
Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I (HSC 240) 3 semester hours
Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II (HSC 241) 3 semester hours
Medical Terminology (HSC 310) 3 semester hours
Introduction to Statistics (MT 274) 3 semester hours
Computer Requirement (Computer Literacy course within past 7 years or HSC 250) 3 semester hours
Principles of Accounting I (AC 320A) 3 semester hours
Upper Division Business/Computer Science Electives 3 semester hour
General Electives 15-19 semester hours

Core studies requirements listed above may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Review our transfer guides for recommended transfer course work from Colorado Community Colleges and/or let us evaluate your prior college transcripts to determine which requirements you have fulfilled per your prior college credit.  We have several established articulation agreements with schools that allow for maximum credit for prior course work. Contact us for more details at healthcare@regis.edu.

Health Information Management Major Requirements
HIM 313 Introduction to Health Information Management (3 semester hours)
HIM 320 Human Disease and Pharmacology (3 semester hours)
HIM 350 Disease Classification Systems (3 semester hours)
HIM 385 Directed Practice (2-3 semester hours)
HIM 410 Health Care Delivery Systems (3 semester hours)
HIM 415 Data Systems and Structures (3 semester hours)
HIM 423 Legal Aspects of Health Services (3 semester hours)
HIM 425 Quality Improvement in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HIM 432 Leadership and Management in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HIM 450 Health Care Information Systems (3 semester hours)
HIM 451 Reimbursement Management in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HIM 455 Database Planning and Management in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HIM 460 Health Statistics and Research Methods (3 semester hours)
HIM 475 Communication in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HIM 480 Administration of Health Information Management Services (3 semester hours)
HIM 485 Management Practicum (2 semester hours)

Health Care Administration Required Minor Courses (12 semester hours total)

HCA 452 Human Resource Management in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HCA 458 Strategic and Project Management in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HCA 465 Health Care Finance (3 semester hours)

Complete one course from the following options:

HCA 408 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
HCA 412 Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems (3 semester hours)
HCA 413 Fundamentals of Managed Care (3 semester hours)
HCA 420 Marketing and Public Relations in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HCA 428 Health Care Economics (3 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Health Information Management program at Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For more information on CAHIIM and their accredited programs, visit www.cahiim.org.

Fall 2014 - Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $485
Application Fee $40
Background Check and Drug Test (external agency fee) $95

How to Apply

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Detailed admissions criteria and FAQs are listed below.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA - ELIGIBILITY

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Note: Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 will be considered on an individual basis by the Division of Health Services Administration).
  • Completion of 12 semester hours of college-level coursework prior to the HIM curriculum. One course must be English Composition.
  • The following prerequisites or equivalents are recommended prior to the HIM curriculum:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (no lab required) (6 hours)
    • Principles of Accounting (3 hours)
    • Introduction to Statistics (3 hours)
    • Medical Terminology (2 hours)
  • Eligibility for the program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • Eligibility for the program is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions and Safety Forms. For a complete list of Essential Functions, click here.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening) on the TOEFL.
    • TOEFL – Computer-based: Minimum score of 213
    • Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.

RANKING

Applications for the HIM program are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. An application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted.

TRANSFER GUIDES

Transfer guides provide recommended course work from Colorado colleges to transfer to Regis University's Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts. Course size is limited. Once a course has reached its enrollment capacity, applicants will be selected for an alternate list.

  • Submit your completed online application.
  • Submit mailed transcripts to: Regis University, Academic Records, 3333 Regis Blvd. A-8, Denver, CO 80221-1099.
  • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit two recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. The recommendation forms provided must be used.
  • Submit a 200-word personal statement (typewritten, double-spaced) that addresses the essay topic in the application. Instructions are given when you reach the essay portion of the online application.
  • Submit a nonrefundable $40.00 application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.
  • Submit answers to the goal assessment questions found within the online application.
  • Credit may be awarded for the following certifications/credentials. If applicable, submit a notarized copy of the certificate and proof of current certification:
    • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
    • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions, Mail-Code G-9
    3333 Regis Blvd
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Contact: 303.388.2366 X4900
    Fax: 303.964.5534
    All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

FAQS

Will this program qualify me to sit for the RHIA?
Yes. The Health Information Management program at Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) which qualifies students to sit for the RHIA. Students may elect to take this certification exam while enrolled in their final term of study.

When do classes begin?
Typically new students start courses at the beginning of a semester: Spring (January), Summer (June) or Fall (August). However, some students begin taking a class mid-semester if one is offered that fits their individual academic plan.

What is the application deadline?
The Health Information Management program has a rolling admissions deadline, so it is never too late to apply! However, starting online classes requires additional preparation for both the administrator and student. It is recommended you submit your application one month prior to starting online classes.

I’ve never taken a class online. What’s it like?
While there are no specific times that students are required to login for their class, you will have tasks and assignments which are submitted each week. A detailed syllabus will be available at the beginning of each course. Courses are very interactive utilizing discussion threads to stimulate student interaction. Students are provided contact information for their professors at the beginning of each course, in case they require additional assistance.

Do I need a new computer? Does Regis support a Mac?
Regis University utilizes the WorldClass online classroom. While there are no additional technology fees for an online class, there are minimum system requirements needed to access the many features of your online class. Click here for these requirements. And, yes, we do support Mac users.

Will I qualify for financial aid?
Regis University offers a variety of financial assistance to students. Click here for additional information about types of aid and how to apply.

Class Start Dates

Term Class Starts
Spring 2015 January 5, 2015
Summer 2015 May 4, 2015

This is a rolling admissions program in which we accept applications at all times. You are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as they are completed.