Prepare for an In-Demand Career in Health Information Administration

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Prepare for an In-Demand Career in Health Information Administration

Want to break into the in-demand field of health information management? Regis University's Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM) offers students with a prior bachelor’s degree the chance to prepare for the demands of a health care field that is growing by leaps and bounds, and it’s offered entirely online!
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Health Information Management

Degree Overview

Are you a busy professional looking to break into the field of medical records? Do you have an unrelated bachelor's degree? Regis University's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM) offers you the opportunity to solidify your experience by earning the requisite credentials in the shortest amount of time.

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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM is offered 100 percent online!

The online option offers courses in a flexible format so that you may attend class from anywhere online. Online classes are in 8-week terms and do not require specific log in times, but do include weekly deadlines and assignments. The online option allows you to advance your education, while maintaining full-time employment.

The Certificate in HIM curriculum requires completion of 57 semester hours and can be completed in 24-30 months. Individuals who already possess the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential are awarded credit for specific coursework previously completed.

Upon completing the Certificate in HIM program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam. The graduate may use this credential anywhere in the U.S. and some international locations without retesting.

Degree: Graduates are awarded a Certificate in Health Information Management and are eligible to sit for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam through AHIMA – a credential recognized anywhere in the United States and some international locations without retesting.

Online Option: Flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete weekly assignments.  Each class lasts 8 weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students.

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 required HIM curriculum can be completed in approximately 24-30 months, depending on the pace at which you choose to take courses.

Next Step: Call us and we’ll help you step by step.  

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year.


Program Requirements

Department Requirements: 12 semester hours

HSC 240 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
HSC 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
HSC 310 Medical Terminology 
CIS 313 Introduction to Database Concepts

Professional Requirements: 45 semester hours

HIM 313 Introduction to Health Information Management
HIM 320 Human Disease & Pharmacology
HIM 350 Disease Classification Systems
HIM 385 Directed Practice
HIM 415 HIM Systems & Data Structures
HIM 430 Fundamentals of Law for HI&IM
HIM 435 Design and Selection of IT Systems in HC
HIM 445 Management of E-HIM and Information Governance
HIM 450 Healthcare Informatics & Information Management
HIM 451 Disease Classification / Reimbursement Management
HIM 460 Health Statistics & Research Methods
HIM 470 Organizational Management
HIM 480 Administration of HIM Services
HIM 485 Management Practicum
HCA 458 Strategic and Project Management in HC
  OR 
CIS 448  IT Project Management

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 57 semester hours

Additional Requirements:

  • Thirty graded semester hours must be taken with Regis University.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.500 is required.
  • This is a post-baccalaureate certificate program.
  • 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).

    After completion of all program requirements (or during the  final term), students are eligible to take the RHIA Certification Exam. Regis University’s HIM Program’s Pass Rate meets and/or exceeds the National Exam Pass Rates. 

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


    Tuition

    2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

    Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
    Classroom $27,695 57 $485 $50
    Online $27,695 57 $485 $50

    2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2016

    Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
    Classroom $27,930 57 $490 $50
    Online $27,930 57 $490 $50

    Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.

    How to Apply

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    Admissions requirements and FAQs are detailed below.

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. 
    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Completion of Human Anatomy & Human Physiology I & II (no lab required) and Medical Terminology prior to the HIM curriculum.
    • 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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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.

    • Complete the online application.
    • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
      • 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 (instructions to upload your completed statement are included in the online application)
    • Submit a nonrefundable $50.00 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: 303.458.4344
      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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in 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
    Summer - 2015 May 4, 2015
    Fall - 2015 August 24, 2015
    Spring - 2016 January 11, 2016

    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.