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Health Information Management FAQ

General

For whom is the program intended?
The program works well for anyone that likes to work in a healthcare setting, but has more of an interest in business and technology, than having direct contact with patients. The program can be a great fit for any student looking for flexibility in a profession.  There have been many successful students who chose HIM as a second career path.

What are the admission requirements?
Prospective students must first be admitted to IUPUI as an undergraduate student.

Do I need to take the ACT or SAT?
The HIA program follows University policy when the student is admitted to the University/School of Informatics and Computing.

Who are the faculty for the program?
Courses in the HIM program are taught with rigor by our top Health Information Management and Health Informatics experts. The HIM faculty will be your guide for completing course assignments, meeting course objectives and participating in eLearning activities.

What subjects will the program cover?
Students will learn subjects such as electronic health records, medical coding, clinical workflow, quality and uses of data, protecting the privacy and security of patient health information and analyzing information for reimbursement and research. Learn more about HIM courses.

What courses are required?
Students are required to complete all courses in the program curriculum.

How long does it take to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management?
It will depend on how many courses you take each semester. If you take a full credit course load, without transfer credit, it would be possible to complete the HIM degree in as little as four years. Courses are offered every semester.

How long do I have to earn my degree?
The HIM program follows state and federal requirements regarding degree completion deadline. For more information visit: Office of Student Financial Services

Are internships a required part of the program?
While internships are not incorporated in the HIM curriculum, there is a professional practicum that is required as part of the program. This practicum offers students hands-on experience in a real healthcare setting. Students are able to work with our Career Services Department when looking for additional internship opportunities.

Is Financial Aid available?
Federal financial aid is available for the bachelor degree program. The first step in receiving financial aid is by completing the FAFSA. Our school code is 001813. For more information visit: Office of Student Financial Services as well as SOIC Undergrad Financial Aid & Scholarships

What jobs opportunities are there once I graduate?
A Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including:

Are employers hiring in this profession?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of health information managers is expected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is on the rise as the healthcare system goes digital, the ICD-10 coding system is implemented, and the population ages. There are approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs anticipated by 2017.

Accreditation

Is the HIM program at IUPUI accredited?
Yes, the HIM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). IUPUI is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

What is CAHIIM?
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is the accrediting organization for educational programs in health informatics and information management assuring academic quality in higher education. CAHIIM certifies health information professionals as registered health information administrators (RHIAs) for graduates of baccalaureate programs.

Why is CAHIIM accreditation important?
Obtaining your degree through an accredited program grants you access to write the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.  This is a nationally recognized credential that employers value.

Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) Examination
As a CAHIIM accredited program, HIM graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination. HIM students have the choice of taking the RHIA certification exam after program completion or in their final semester of study (Early Testing Option).

Enrollment, Credits and Transferability

When is enrollment open?
Students may enroll during open enrollment each spring and fall. For more information visit: Office of the Registrar

How many credits are required for the program?
The HIM program follows Indiana state guidelines of 120 credit hours required for the BS. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to count towards degree completion.

How do I know whether my credits will transfer?
Transcripts are reviewed by the IUPUI admissions advising professionals to determine if credits are transferrable.

Do you have an option for advanced placement or testing out of classes?
Credit for applicable work experience or completion of college level classes may be available according to University policy. For more information visit: University College Orientation Services or Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Online Education

Is this an online program?
The majority of the classes offered are online, while some are only offered face-to-face. Non-local students are advised to work with the academic advisor to identify course equivalents at a university near them.

Are online courses right for me?
Online classes offer flexibility to study while still having time to work and accommodate other life commitments. Those taking online courses use technology to communicate with classmates and instructors. In order to be successful in online classes, students should be self-motivated and able to handle their time wisely. Online courses have little to no face-to-face interaction with instructors and other students, but there is a classroom and instructor (theoretically) available 24 hours a day.

Do I have to come to campus if I live out of state?
Out of state students may complete the online classes. For the classes offered on campus, academic advisors work with students to ensure equivalent courses are being taken at local universities.

Will I need special equipment to take online classes?
Learning and completing your coursework requires access to a desktop or laptop computer and Internet access. IUPUI provides 24 hour technical support if you need technical support while doing coursework.

Professional Practice Information

What is a professional practicum?
The practicum courses are designed to provide professional experience in an approved clinical site under the direction of an HIM faculty member and an onsite clinical instructor. Students also receive didactic and practicum experience in the classroom with emphasis on clinical science, health information management, business administration and information systems. HIM students participate in practicums in fall and spring semesters of their senior year.

What is the required length of time I will spend at practicum sites for my professional experience during the semester?
A minimum of 10-15 contact hours are required per semester at the practicum site.

Am I responsible for finding my practicum site or does the HIM program staff find the site for me?
The HIM program staff attempts to find clinical sites for all students, as needed.  Some students have site preferences or community contacts that they would prefer to use.  Students are free to find their own sites if they choose, otherwise a site will be assigned.

What documentation is required before I go to a practicum site?
Requirements vary by site.  Some sites may require a physical exam, immunizations, and/or background checks before beginning any phase of the professional practice experience.  You may also be required to purchase and furnish a professional liability insurance policy.

Am I permitted to do my practicum experience in a clinical site where I am employed?
Yes, students may complete their practicum at their place of employment. However, the student would need to be assigned to a different work area or perform a project other than their normal duties for the practicum.

If I am employed in healthcare as a director of an HIM department, do I still have to complete the professional practice requirements of this course?
Potentially the practicum could be waived as credit for applicable work experience according to University policy. For more information visit: Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Is an RHIA required for career advancement in HIM?
This is based on the employer requirement.  Employers expect a credential that proves a level of competency regarding Health Information Management and for most employers this is the RHIA credential.  Some smaller, rural facilities or facilities in different parts of the country may accept the RHIT because of market conditions and lack of access to RHIA-credentialed candidates.

Capstone

What is a capstone?
Capstone is the opportunity for students to showcase the skills and knowledge acquired during the HIM program.  Students work on an assigned project and present the findings  during the School of Informatics and Computing Capstone event.  The event is open to all and has become an excellent networking opportunity for students.

What are the HIM capstone requirements?
HIM students are required to complete a project at the assigned practicum site, where the students manage the project and resources, create necessary surveys and forms, collect data, analyze findings and present that information to the site.  HIM students summarize the findings from the Capstone project for display at the Capstone event.  The Capstone event takes place during the senior year. Poster format and other types of media are used to best convey the project outcomes.

What if I have other questions?
Our advisors are here to assist you. Please contact our advisor Julie Reagan by phone at 317-274-1265 or email jdreagan@iupui.edu with any questions you may have.