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

Two Regis University students 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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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 13 percent through 2026, 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 2018, our program ranked #6 in the U.S. for best online Bachelor’s degree in this field by bestcolleges.com.

In addition to the health information management (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.

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

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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.

See a list of online system requirements.

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.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

RHIA exam pass rates for Regis HIM graduates are 80%, based on those students taking the exam during the 2017-18 Academic year. The National average for RHIA exam pass rates is 73% for the same time period.

92% retention rate for students enrolled in the BS in HIM and HIM Certificate programs, based on students that enrolled during the 2013-2015 academic years.

Graduation rate of 40% for students that enrolled in the BS in HIM and HIM Certificate programs during the 2013 – 2015 academic years.

Meet our health information management faculty

Kelly Miller, MA, RHIA, CPHIMS, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator of Health Information Management

Judit Olah, Ph.D Associate Professor, Health Care Informatics and Information Management

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.

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

Regis University 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 from Regis University, 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

General Core Studies (45 credit hours)
Including:
MT 274   - Intro to Stats for Health Professions
HSC 240   - Human Anatomy & Physiology
HCA 432A - Leading Organizations I
HCA 435   - Ethics in Heath Care Services
Foundational Courses (24 credit hours)
HSC 310 - Medical Terminology
CIS 313  - Introduction to Database Concepts
CIS 300 - Foundations of Information Systems  
HIM 313 - Introduction to Health Information Management  
HIM 320 - Human Disease and Pharmacology  
HIM 350 - Disease Classification Systems  
HIM 385 - Directed Practice  
HIM 430 - Fundamental of Law for HI & IM  
Upper Division Courses (27 credit hours)
HIM 440 - Health Care Data Analytics
HIM 445 - Management of eHIM and Information Governance
HIM 450 - Health Care Informatics & Information Systems
HIM 451 - Reimbursement Management in Health Care Settings
HIM 460 - Health Statistics & Research Methods
HIM 470 - Organizational Management
HIM 480 - Administration of Health Information Management Services
HIM 485 - Management Practicum
HCA 458 - Project Management OR CIS 448 IT Project Management
Student must select one of the following Specializations: (12 credits hours)
Information Technology Specialization
CIS 325  - Systems Analysis & Design
CIS 445 - Database Management
CIS 455 - Management Information Systems
CIS 461 - Business Analytics
OR
Health Care Services Specialization
HCA 425 - Assessment of Quality & Patient Safety
HCA 432B - Leading Effective Organizations II
HCA 430 - Medical Practice Management
HCA Elective
General Electives (12 credit hours)
Total Degree Requirements = 120 credit hours
CC&IS General Core Studies (45 credit hours)
Oral and Written Communication (9 credits):
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 credits):

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 credits):

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 credits):

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 credits): 
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 credits):

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 credits):

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 credits):

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.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

Tuition

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the B.S. in Health Information Management program.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.

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.
  • Eligibility for the program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. Review a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses.
  • Eligibility for the program is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions and Safety Forms. Review a complete list of Essential Functions.
  • 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.

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 undergraduate application.
  • Submit the $50 application fee (online).
  • Submit a 200-word personal statement (instructions to upload your completed statement are included in the online application).
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download a transcript request form
  • 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)
    • AHIMA-approved ICD10-CM/PCS Trainer
    • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
    • Certified Profession Coder (CPC)
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code A-12
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
  • Phone: 303.388.2366 X4900 or 800.944.7667
All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed. This is a rolling admission program in which we accept and review applications as they are submitted. It is recommended to apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


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. See a list of online system requirements. And, yes, we do support Mac users.

Will I qualify for financial aid? 
Regis University offers a variety of financial assistance to students. Review detailed information about the financial aid process including types of aid and how to apply.

FAQS

Combined Bachelor’s to Master’s

Question: Can I combine my bachelor’s in Health Information Management into a Master’s degree?

Answer: Upon enrollment within the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, students may elect to be enrolled in the combined degree. This allows the student to take up to three courses (9 credit hours) of graduate coursework that will fulfill undergraduate credits and begin their master’s degree. The graduate level courses include the CAHIIM curriculum competencies required at the undergraduate level to fulfill CAHIIM accreditation requirements for eligibility to take the RHIA national accreditation exam.

Students must meet the graduate admission criteria and admission requirements in order to progress from the BS in HIM program to the MS in Health Informatics program.

Review the application requirements for the MS in Heath Informatics program.

Transfer Credits

Question: Can I transfer credit from classes I have previously taken another college or university?

Answer: Yes. Regis will accept transfer credit from the colleges or universities you have previously attended.

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)
  • AHIMA-approved ICD10-CM/PCS Trainer 
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) 
  • Certified Profession Coder (CPC)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
Once your transcripts have been received, the Transfer Evaluation Center will evaluate your file for acceptance of transfer credits from:
  • Regionally accredited colleges or universities you’ve attended previously, regardless of how long ago you earned them. Your transcripts are never outdated at Regis.
  • Military DD-214 or DD-295 forms (or notarized copies) and training certificates.
  • Documentation of courses completed through your employer or professional organizations that have been recommended for academic credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Click here for more information on receiving credit for prior learning and experience.

Application Deadline

Question: What is the application deadline?

Answer: 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.