Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science (529P, 529)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/publichealth


Program Coordinator

Janice R. Hunt-Shepherd, jan.hunt-shepherd@wku.edu, (270) 745-3548

The Health Information Management bachelor degree program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)*. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA)** certification examination for the designation of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

The major in health information management is designed to prepare the graduate HIM professional with skills and competencies in health data management, data analytics and informatics, information governance, privacy and security, compliance, clinical documentation improvement, revenue cycle management, medical coding, health information technology management and administrative and clinical work flow. Students will focus on operations management essential to ensuring an accurate and complete medical record and cost effective information processing.

Enrollment in the program is limited. A students’ application to the baccalaureate degree program will be considered following successful completion of the introductory course, HIM 100: Health Data Content and Structure or following successful completion of an associate degree in HIM from a Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM*) accredited program or successful completion of the HIM 100 departmental examination.

Students are required to have professional liability insurance coverage prior to accessing health information and / or professional practice experience. In addition, students are required to submit a criminal background check, current immunization records and results of a current drug screen as part of the application process. Prior to participating in any professional practice experience (PPE) at selected health care institutions, there may be additional certifications, training seminars, or their requirements by the health care institution that a student must meet in order to be eligible for training at the chosen facility. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all institutional requirements are met prior to participation in the PPE. Students may be responsible in part of in full for any costs incurred to meet such requirements. Policies, standards and requirements should be obtained directly from the program office or at http://www.wku.edu/healthinformationmanagement.

Program Requirements (79-82 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

This program requires a minimum of 120 hours and includes 79-82 hours for the HIM major; Colonnade courses must be completed in consultation with advisor HIM courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher for transfer students and graduates from CAHIIM Accredited programs will be accepted as substitutions for equivalent HIM courses. Transfer students and graduates from HIM programs in non-CAHIIM Accredited programs may provide evidence of mastery of course content through satisfactory completion of departmental examinations. Departmental examinations are available for the following courses: HIM 100, HIM 230, HIM 250, HIM 251, HIM 252, AH 290/HIM 290, HIM 291, and HIM 292.

Students not achieving a satisfactory score (70% or above) on the department examination(s) must complete the corresponding course(s). National specialty certifications and / or training may be considered as evidence of mastery of course content in specific courses.

HIM 100Health Data Content and Structure4
HIM 225Legal Issues in Health Information Management2
HIM 230Computer Systems and Applications in Health Information Management3
HIM 250International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding4
HIM 251Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System / Current Procedural Terminology (HCPCS / CPT) Coding4
HIM 252Healthcare Payment Systems3
AH/HIM 290Medical Terminology2
HIM 291Advanced Medical Terminolgy2
HIM 292Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics2
HIM 330Electronic Health Record Systems3
HIM 350Health Informatics Research3
HIM 351International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) Coding1
HIM 421Health Information Leadership and Management3
HIM 422Clinical Evaluation and Outcomes3
HIM 430Health Data Management and Analytics3
HIM 450Application & Analysis of Him Theory3
HIM 495Capstone Professional Practice Experience3-6
HCA 340Health Care Organization and Management3
PH 383Biostatistics in the Health Sciences3
CSCI 145CIntroduction to Computing3
or CIS 141 Analytics and Technology
BDAN 305Principles of MIS with Spreadsheets3
or CS 157 Information Security I
CIT 350Database Administration I3
or BDAN 330 Structured Data Analysis
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
Select 12 credit hours of the following:12
Systems Architecture I
Systems Development I
Systems Development II
Technology Management I
Business Data Analytics
DSS Analysis and Design
Predictive Modeling
Data Visualization
Total Hours79-82

BIOL 131 must be completed prior to full admission to the program. A student who makes below “C” in any Health Information Management core course is required to repeat the course.

*CAHIIM                        
233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor        
Chicago, IL 60601-5800                
info@CAHIIM.org                
https:// www.cahiim.org                                                            

**AHIMA
233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
(312) 233-1100
https://www. ahima.org

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003COMM 1453
MATH 109 or MATH 1163ENG 2003
HIM 1004HIST 101 or HIST 1023
HIM 290 or AH 2902HIM 2912
CIS 141 or CSCI 145C3HIM 2922
 BIOL 1314
 15 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HIM 2252HIM 2303
HIM 2514HIM 2504
BDAN 305 or CS 1573HIM 2523
Major/Minor/Elective or World Language (if needed)3HCA 3403
PH 3833CIT 310 or BDAN 3103
 15 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Sciences3HIM 4213
HIM 3303HIM 4223
HIM 3503CIT 332 or BDAN 4303
CIT 330 or BDAN 4203Colonnade - Natural & Physical Science3
CIT 350 or BDAN 3303ENG 3003
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HIM 3511HIM 4953-6
HIM 4303Connections - Local to Global3
HIM 4503Connections - Systems3
CIT 492 or BDAN 4103Minor/General Elective2
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3 
Connections - Social & Cultural3 
 16 11-14
Total Hours 120-123