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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!
Online Accelerated

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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HIM to HIIM Progression: Students in the HIM program have the option to progress into the M.S. in Health Care Informatics & Information Management program at reduced credits - 30 credit hours instead of 36 credit hours.

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

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.

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

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 (15-19 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.


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.


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 Pass Rates. 

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


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.

How to Apply

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Detailed admissions criteria and FAQs are listed below.


  • 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.


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


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.


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
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.