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A career in health information administration combines the disciplines of medicine, information management, computer technology, finance, and law within the health care industry.

The registered health information administrator (RHIA) manages a variety of health information management functions, including the following: managing electronic health records, managing clinical workflow, improving the quality and uses of data, protecting the privacy and security of patient health information, and analyzing information for reimbursement and research.

To become credentialed, students in the health information administration program must successfully complete IU Northwest degree requirements for a bachelor of science in health information administration and pass the certification examination, the RHIA, administered by the national professional association, the American Health Information Management Association.

The Health Information Administration program curriculum is created to accommodate a student with no prior health information management educational background.  The curriculum is also created to accommodate a student who has previously completed a two year Health Information Technology degree program from IU Northwest or from any other CAHIIM-accredited program.

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

Program Special Features:

  • Professional courses at the 300 and 400 levels are 100% online
  • Excellent job market for graduates in this field
  • An outstanding program outcome is that based on 15 months of data 82% of our graduates passed the RHIA exam as compared to the national mean of 69%.
  • Fall Semester
    ENG  W131* Elementary Composition I  3
    PHSL  P261* Human Anatomy & Physiology  4
    HIM  M195*  Medical Terminology  3
    CSCI  A106  Introduction to Computers  3
    PSY  P101  Introductor Psychology I  3
    Total 16
    Spring Semester
    PHSL  P262* Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
    MATH  M100*  Basic Mathematics  4
    CSCI A285 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3
    SOC  S161  Principles of Sociology  3
    Total 14
  • Fall Semester
    HIM  M100*  Introduction to Health Care Delivery and Health Information Management   2
    SPCH  S121  Public Speaking  3
    HIM  M205*  Pathology (P: P261 & P262) 3
    CSCI A213 Database Applications 3
    Culture and Hist Elective  3
    Total 14
    Spring Semester
    HIM  M101*  Introduction to Health Records  3
    HIM  M107*  Computer Applications in Health Information Technology  3
    SPEA K300  Statistical Techniques 3
    Arts & Hum Elective  3
    Culture and Hist Elective  3
    Total 15
    Summer II
    HIM M193 CPT Coding                                                                                                         2
  • Fall Semester
    HIM  M201*  ICD Coding and Classification Systems  3
    HIM  M208*  Coding Lab  2
    HIM  M245*  Health Record Law  3
    HIM  M202*  Professional Practice Experience 2 3
    BUS A201 Intro to Financial Accounting 3
    Total 14
    Spring Semester
    HIM  M203*  Health Care Delivery & Quality Assessment  3
    HIM  M204*  PPE  2
    HIM  M200*  Management in Health Information Technology  2
    HIM  M206*  Reimbursement Principles in Health Care  2
    W231 W231 Professional Writing Skills 3
    Arts & Humanities Elective 3
    Total 15
  • Fall Semester
    BUS  Z302  Organizational Behavior & Leadership  3
    HIM  M301*  Health Quality and Information Management  3
    HIM  M402*  Health Finance and Budgeting for HIM  3
    HIM  M401*  Healthcare Data Management in HIM  3
    HIM M410* Computer Systems in Healthcare and HIM 3
    Total 15
    Spring Semester
    HIM  M302*  Health Record Law II and Ethics  3
    HIM  M403*  Organization and Management of HIM  3
    HIM  M404*  Research Principles for HIM  3
    HIM  M415*  Capstone  2
    Total 13
    Summer 1
    HIM  M459*  Affiliation Experience  4