Get started in a promising tech career with our B.S. in HIM.

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Get started in a promising tech career with our B.S. in HIM.

When lives are on the line, getting to the facts quickly can make a real difference. Due to federal mandates, today's fast-paced hospitals, clinics and health centers must maintain the quality, security, accuracy and accessibility of patient health information records. As health care regulations and technologies evolve, so does the demand for skilled information management professionals. An online B.S. in Health Information Management (HIM) from Regis University is the perfect way to enter one of health care’s most promising fields.
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B.S. Health Information Management

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Why should I pursue a B.S. in Health Information Management?

Federal regulations have caused a nationwide shift to electronic medical records. That’s made health information management one of the country’s fastest growing careers in America. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, jobs for medical records and health information technicians will grow by 15 percent through 2024, which means grads with HIM degrees are in demand and can expect a bright career outlook.

Is a Bachelor’s degree in HIM for me?

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, from hospitals to government agencies to health care software companies and beyond.

If you’re a member of the military or you’ve returned from military service, Regis also has great tuition options to help you build on the skills you learned during your service.

What will I learn in Regis’ HIM program?

Every Regis graduate walks away with an education that’s comprehensive, diversified and well balanced.

In our B.S. in Health Information Management program, students gain a solid understanding of:

  • Business software applications
  • Database systems
  • Management and administrative practices
  • Medical terminology, classifications and research practices
  • The legal, ethical and moral impact of information technology in health care

You’ll also make valuable professional connections during the management practicum as you learn decision-making and problem-resolution strategies.

In addition to the HIM degree, graduates also earn a minor in health care administration.

Is Regis’ HIM program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States and a member of the North Central Association.

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

What class formats are available?

The HIM program is 100 percent online and 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. 

The flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night, as you complete weekly assignments. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person.

When does Regis’ HIM program start?

Courses are offered in eight-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • May
  • August

Course size is limited, so submit your application sooner rather than later.

Can I combine my Bachelor’s degree in HIM with a Master’s degree in HIIM?

Students in the HIM program have the option to continue on to the M.S. in Health Care Informatics & Information Management program at reduced credits: 30 credit hours instead of 36 credit hours.

What are graduates saying about Regis’ B.S. in Health Information Management program?

“When I think about the impact I can make in this field, I see that I’m going to be respected because of what we learn,” – Joleen Gomez, B.S. in HIM graduate

Meet our health information management faculty

Sheila A. Carlon, Ph.D., RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA
Professor, Chair of Health Information Management Department

Kelly Rinker, MA, RHIA, CPHIMS
Assistant Professor, Health Information Management

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a B.S. in HIM?

Because the HIM degree mixes technical, clinical, and management fields, it opens a lot of career doors.  Job titles in this field include:

  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Medical Practice Manager
  • Data Integrity Analyst
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Coding Manager

Graduates 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.

Our HIM program pass rates routinely meet or exceed the national exam pass rate of 80 percent.  Over 90 percent of graduates in the B.S. HIM program are employed immediately after or prior to completing the program.

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path, or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management?

With an HIM degree, your compensation will be tied to your ability to manage patient information, build and maintain systems networks and lead staff. Salaries also depend upon your years of experience, responsibilities, geographic location and employer.

Here are the median salaries* for a few specific job titles as reported by payscale.com:

  • Health Information Management Manager: $54,768
  • Coding Manager: $66,472
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist: $70,016

*- Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

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 120 semester hours.

Departmental Requirements (9 semester hours)
HSC 310 - Medical Terminology
CIS 206  - Business Software Applications (or equivalent with the past 7 years)
CIS 313  - Introduction to Database Concepts
Health Information Management Professional Requirements (42 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 & Selection of IT Systems in Health Care
HIM 445 - Management of EHIM and Information Governance
HIM 450 - Health Care 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
Computer Information Systems Minor Requirements (12 semester hours)
CIS 445  - Database Management (CIS 313 pre-req)
CIS 455 - Management Information Systems
CIS 448 - IT Project Management
CIS 461 - Business Analytics

OR
Health Care Administration Minor Requirements (12 semester hours)
HCA 452 - Human Resource Management in Health Care Settings
HCA 458 - Strategic and Project Management in Health Care Settings
HCA 465 - Health Care Finance
One course (3 semester hours) selected from the following:
HCA 408 - Health Care Policy
HCA 412 - Integrated Health Care Delivery systems
HCA 413 - Fundamentals of Managed Care
HCA 420 - Marketing and Public Relations in Health Care Settings
HCA 428 - Health Care Economics
Health Information Management General Electives (9 semester hours)

CC&IS Undergraduate Core Studies Requirements (45 - 49 credit hours)
Oral and Written Communication (9 SH):
Regis courses: *RCC 200, *RCC 420J, COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 203, EN 325, EN 475, EN/PL 482,  *RCC 200--Writing Analytically and RCC 420J--Justice and the Common Good.
Engagement with Literature and Arts (6 SH):

English, humanities, fine and performing arts. Regis Courses: any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437

‡HU 366--Leading Lives that Matter
Language and Global Awareness (6-8 SH):

Modern languages, classical languages, archeology, history, political science, economics, geography, and social science. Regis courses: *RCC 410E, COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 311, RC 458, RC 459) 

*RCC 410E--Global Environmental Awareness
Understanding Human Behavior, Diversity, and Culture (6 SH):

Anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, criminology, peace and justice studies, sociology, social work, or women’s/gender studies. Regis courses: *RCC 400D, CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses.

HCA 432 Leadership & Management required in the HIM program.

*RCC 400D--Diversity and Cultural Tradition
Quantitative Literacy (3-4 SH): 
College-level algebra or higher. Regis courses: MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 274, all 300-400 level MT courses

The Natural World (3-4 SH):

Astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, geology, oceanography, physical geography, or physics. Regis courses: SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, HSC 240, HSC 241.

Note: CC&IS majors cannot use CC&IS courses to meet this requirement.
Philosophical Inquiry and Reflection (6 SH):

Philosophy, ethics. Regis courses: RCC 430M, all PL courses

HCE 435 Ethics in Healthcare required in the HIM program.

*RCC 430M--The Search for Meaning
Exploring Religious Traditions (6 SH):

Religious studies, Theology. Regis courses: all RC, all RS courses

*Students enrolled in traditional, semester-based daytime programs are required to complete these courses to fulfill core requirements.

‡Students enrolled in online and ground-based courses in the 5-week or 8-week format are required to complete this course to fulfill their core requirement.

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 ruadmissions@regis.edu.


TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 120 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 800.944.7667.

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.
  • 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, Office of Admissions, 3333 Regis Blvd. P-28, Denver, CO 80221-1099. You can download a transcript request form here.
  • 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
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Phone: 303.388.2366 X4900 or 800.944.7667
    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.

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. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

Tuition and Fees

2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition:

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,150 - $60,210 30 - 128 $470 $50
Online $14,150 - $60,210 30 - 128 $470 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition for Accelerated, Online, and Evening students:

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,700 - $58,800 30 - 120 $490 $50
Online $14,700 - $60,210 30 - 120 $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.