This program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and is one of approximately 50 such programs in the United States. Progression for the registered health information technician is provided within this program of study.
The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon successful completion of all HIM courses, students are eligible to sit for the AHIMA Registration Examination to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).
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All incoming Pitt freshmen choosing the pre-health information management major code “PREHIM” will be granted the guarantee (at regional Pitt campuses, please choose corresponding codes).
Prerequisites to be completed at Pitt-Bradford
Students pursuing the undergraduate degree in health information management (HIM) enter the program in the junior year of their undergraduate studies. Students complete the first two years of study at Pitt-Bradford and then will apply to relocate to the Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.
Minimum required credits/degrees: 60 college credits Minimum required quality point average (QPA): 2.5 Other admission criteria (recommended; not required): Volunteer or paid work experience in HIM
Students are required to have completed the following courses, earning a minimum QPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0) in these courses and a minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites.
Humanities/Social Science, 6 credits (Anthropology, Economics, English Literature/Writing, Foreign Language, History, Music, Performing & Visual Arts, Philosophy, Sociology, etc.)
Courses to be completed after relocation to the Pittsburgh campus
Students complete the required course work for this degree during their junior and senior years of undergraduate study. Students are required to complete 63 credits of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences course work. Most of the courses are only offered once per academic year. If a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation.
The following is a typical plan of studies for an undergraduate degree in health information management (HIM):
Junior year, fall term
Junior year, spring term
Senior year, fall term
Senior year, spring term
Please note this program requires that you complete clinical education at facilities external to the University. There are requirements that students need to meet before they can participate in clinical education, including having an annual physical examination (including specific immunizations and TB testing), obtaining a criminal background check with the Pennsylvania State Police, completing HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogen training, purchasing liability insurance and carrying personal health insurance. Additionally, some facilities may require an Act 33/34 clearance, and/or a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in clinical education.
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