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Prepare for the In-Demand Career in Information Administration

Want to break into the in-demand field of medical records? 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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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: 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 2012 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 2022.

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 eight-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 eight 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, or attend a webinar for more details.  

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 57.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

HIM Certificate Departmental Requirements

HSC 240 - Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I

First of two course sequence is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Examines anatomic terms and the organization of body systems from the cell to the organ and system level.

HSC 241 - Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology II

Second of a two course sequence designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Completes the study of body systems and reinforces knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and body planes.

Pre-requisite: HSC*240

HSC 310 - Medical Terminology

Provides and intensive study in the language used in the health care field. Includes the use of prefix, suffix and root words to identify, analyze, define and interpret medical terms. Emphasizes the correct construction, pronunciation, spelling and use of medical terminology, especially as applied in the interpretation of medical reports.

HIM Certificate Professional Requirements

HIM 313 - Intro to Health Info Mgmt

Emphasizes form, content and regulations impacting the health care record in the acute care setting. Explores legal reimbursement and computerized aspects of the health record as well as the functions and responsibilities of Health Information Services. Examines various health care delivery systems and health care practitioners.

HIM 320 - Human Disease and Pharmacology

Provides an overview of disease processes, symptoms and etiology organized by body systems. Includes basic diagnostic tests, treatments and medications for common diseases along with basic pharmacologic principles.

HIM 350 - Disease Classification Systems

Introduces the development and use of various disease classification and reimbursement systems. Empahsizes ICD coding and the diagnosis related groups (DRG)systems for impatient reimbursement. Explores coding management issues. Discusses medications in conjunction with each body system and disease.

Pre-requisite: BL*244 BL*246 AND HSC*310

HIM 385 - Directed Practice

Virtual clinical/internship experience allowing hands-on practice with various clinical and health care applications such as abstracting software, Release of Information and coding software and other administrative systems used by health information professionals. Includes planning for the management practicum and identifying a volunteer/service activity to be completed at the end of HIM 485.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HIM*313, HIM*320, HIM*350, HIM*415 AND HIM*423;

HIM 410 - Health Care Delivery Systems

Introduces the historical development and contemporary structure of health services in the United States. Examines a wide range of delivery settings and providers, the role of government and regulatory bodies, and sources of health care funding. Addresses national health policy and related current issues. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge through additional readings, case analysis and/or applied project work.

Cross listing(s): HCA 410 HSA 610.

HIM 415 - HIM: Data Systems and Structures

Introduces health care data sets, data sources, and the roles and functions of Health Information Management in all health care delivery systems: acute care, home health, long term care, hospice, ambulatory care and consulting practices. Focuses on the electronic health record and data standards such as SGML, XML and HL7.

Pre-requisite: HIM*313

HIM 423 - Legal Aspects of Health Services

Studies the legal and ethical issues involved in the management and delivery of health care services and the interrelations between hospital, physician, and patient. Emphasizes law as it pertains to negligence, contracts, consents, confidentiality, risk management, and current medical/legal issues. Explores the use of health record as a legal document, privacy rights, corporate compliance, and peer review. Examines release of information, quality of documentation, and retention of records issues. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge through additional readings, case analysis and/or applied project work.

Cross listing(s): CLP 623 HSA 623 HCA 423.

HIM 425 - Qual Imprvmnt in Hlth Settings

Provides a basic understanding of the history, theory and application of Quality Management techniques, tools and principles as applied in various health care settings. The interpretation and analysis of health care data as it relates to quality, safety, risk management, productivitiy, reimbursement and administrative decision-making , is examined and practiced. Emphasizes the ongoing use of objective data and feedback to improve processes, systems and patient outcomes. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge of quality and safety processes through additional readings, case analysis and/or applied project work.

Cross listing(s): CLP 624 HSA 624 HCA 425 MI 425.

HIM 432 - Ldrshp/mgmt in Health Care Settings

Explores concepts of leadership and management functions and theories as they are applied in health care settings. Examines leadership versus management skills, team development, systems theory, stratic planning, organizational culture and the role of managers and leaders in an organization.

Cross listing(s): HCA 432 MI 432.

HIM 450 - Health Care Information Systems

Introduces foundational knowledge and skills to participate in the design, selection, implementation and use of clinical and administrative information systems. Provides an overview of information systems in all health care settings with emphasis on electronic health record systems, data standards, and data exchanges. Familiarizes the student with new and energing technologies in the health care field. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge through additional readings, case analysis, and/or applied project work.

Pre-requisite: CS*200

Cross listing(s): HSA 649 HCA 450.

HIM 451 - Reimbursmnt Mgt in Health Care Settings

Reviews the use of coding and classification systems and explores their use in the health care reimbursement system. Examines DRG and coding audits, financial reports, revenue cycle processes and other management strategies critical to health care facility revenues.

Pre-requisite: HIM*350

HIM 455 - Database Planning & Mgmt in Hlth Care

Provides practical experience in planning databases, identifying data elements, data mapping and data flow including how databases are structured and managed as part of an information management plan. Data dictionaries, data integrity and security are also addressed.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HIM*450;

Cross listing(s): HSA 655.

HIM 460 - Health Stats/Research Methods

An applied course in basic health statistics and research methods intended to introduce common applications in the health care setting. Topics include commonly used health statistics, epidemiology, quality improvement, and outcomes research with an emphasis on study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation and data presentation skills. Emphasis is on the ability to analyze and interpret clinical and other health data for use in research, health care decision-making, and policy development.

Pre-requisite: MT*270

Cross listing(s): HCA 460.

HIM 480 - Admin of Hlth Info Mgmt Srvcs

Provides the student with opportunities to apply multiple elements from other courses as related to the organization and administration of a health information services department. Emphasizes project management, operation analysis and planning, current topics, emerging issues and career management. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of all prior HIM course work or permission of instructor.

HIM 485 - Management Practicum

At the end of the senior year, students are assigned to health care facilities or other approved nontraditional health related environments. Emphasizes ability to act independently, complete assigned management projects, gain an overview of the department and its interrelatedness to the other units in the facility. Demonstration of management potential is expected. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of all prior HIM coursework.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HIM*385

HIM Certificate Health Care Admin Requirement

HCA 452 - HR Mgmt in Hlth Care Settings

Provides an understanding of the principles of human resource management in the health care environment. Emphasizes management techniques such as interviewing, training, career development, job analysis and design, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, and employment law. Addresses trends in human resource management in health care. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge through additional readings, case analysis, and/or applied project work.

Cross listing(s): HSA 652.

HCA 458 - Strategic & Project Mgmt Health Care Set

Focuses on the general principles of project and strategic management. Introduces the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) including project management software, task assignments, workflow analysis, project planning and the differences in managing IT projects vs. business and other projects. Process reengineering will also be investigated. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge through additional readings, case analysis and/or applied project work.

Cross listing(s): HSA 658.


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 approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For more information on AHIMA, please visit: www.ahima.org or for more information on CAHIIM, visit www.cahiim.org

Fall 2013-Summer 2014

Tuition (per semester hour) $475
Other Fees
Application Fee $40
Background Check and Drug Test (external agency fee) $95
Graduation Application Fee $50

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