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Health Information Administration, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Gary, IN, United States
Health information management (HIM) professionals manage healthcare data and information resources. The profession encompasses planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing, and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data.
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Overview

A career in health information management combines the disciplines of medicine, information management, and computer technology within the health care industry.

HIM professionals bring unique skills to the healthcare industry. These skills include the ability to:

  • Manage medical records and health information systems
  • Enhance the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry
  • Summarize data into useful information
  • Comply with standards and regulations regarding health information
  • Protect the privacy and security of patient health information
  • Ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users
  • Code health information for reimbursement and research.

Within the Department of Health Information Management, interested students can obtain an Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Technology or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Administration.

The AS Degree professional performs a variety of technical health information functions, including the following: analyzing and evaluating health information for accuracy; compiling administrative and health statistics; coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and databases; and creating disease registries for researchers.

The BS Degree professional brings a unique skillset to the healthcare industry, including the following: managing electronic health records, managing clinical workflow, improving the quality and uses of data, protecting the privacy and security of patient health information, and analyzing information for reimbursement and research.

What can I do with a degree in Health Information Management?

Registered health information administrators and technicians are employed by hospitals, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, outsourcing companies, system vendors, insurance companies, law firms, and government agencies, among others.

Job opportunities include such positions as coders, data analysts in quality, registries, and electronic health record/IT areas, health information department managers, revenue cycle coordinators, quality managers, project managers, and many others. To become certified, students in the health information technology program must successfully complete IU Northwest degree requirements for an associate of science in health information technology and pass the certification examination the RHIT, administered by the national professional association, the American Health Information Management Association.

Accreditation

The Health Information Administration Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery and Health Information Management
  • Introduction to Health Records
  • Clinical Experience
  • Computer Applications in Health Information Technology
  • CPT Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Supervision in Health Information Services
  • Coding and Classification Systems

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    71

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  • Minimum required score:

    530

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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