Curriculum | Online B.S. HIM

The B.S. in Health Information Management program curriculum emphasizes the application of technology to the practice of HIM. It also focuses on building lifelong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as well as written and verbal communication skills.

The focus of the curriculum is to produce leaders in the field of health information management.  Students are given opportunities throughout the curriculum to develp the leadership skills that will help them uphold the leadership tradition of the program.

Program requirements

To earn a Health Information Management bachelor's degree from The College of St. Scholastica you will need:

  • 128 earned semester credits
  • 32 of the 128 semester credits earned through The College of St. Scholastica
  • 42 of the 128 upper-division credits (numbered 3000 or above)

Included in the total credits are:

  • Technical-level HIM courses transferred from HIT program, when applicable
  • HIM courses earned via the online undergraduate HIM program.
  • General education/liberal arts courses earned through St. Scholastica or a local college.
  • Elective credits.

Required non-HIM courses

As a part of the educational requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management, the following required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and either may be taken at St. Scholastica or transferred from an accredited college or university. 

  • Anatomy and Physiology (dissecting lab course. If A/P course taken in HIT program did not have a dissection lab, CSS has a one-credit online lab course that meets the lab requirement)
  • Pathophysiology
  • Statistics (must be a research-based course)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introductory computer course with competence in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email and Internet
  • General education courses that meet the general education requirements of The College of St. Scholastica.

Transferring credits

The College of St. Scholastica will accept credits in transfer from any post-secondary accredited college or university. Grades earned must be a C or better for transfer. To transfer credits an official transcript must be sent directly to St. Scholastica.

Online undergraduate HIM students who earned their HIT education through the AHIMA Independent Study (ISP) courses from 1980-99 will be granted 24 college-level credits for their education. An official transcript from AHIMA is needed to transfer the credits. ISP graduates also must take the following courses:

  • HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues
  • HIM 4231 Clinical Quality Management
  • HSC 2203 U.S. Health Care System (also available as an online course)

And also must take the following challenge exam:

  • HIM 4232 Ambulatory Reimbursement Systems (CPT coding)

Graduates of the AMRA Correspondence course (1963-79) must take challenge exams or courses to earn credit for the courses listed above plus the following:

  • HIM 2110 Concepts & Principles of HIM
  • HIM 2111 HIM Technologies in Practice
  • HIM 2101 Medical Language

And the following challenge exam:

  • HIM 3211 Classification of Health Data (ICD-9-CM coding)

Graduates from both programs also will need to take:

  • HIM 2102 Pharmacotherapeutics, 1 credit, offered online every fall

Foundational courses

Students without a two-year HIT degree or whose HIT curriculum doesn't indicate a comparable course also will need to take the following foundational courses either online through CSS or at a local college:

  • Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology with a lab
  • Introductory computer course
  • Managing Human Resources (HIM 3311)
  • US Health Care System (HSC 2203)
  • Fundamentals of (HIM 2112)
  • Medical Language (HIM 2101)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics (HIM 2102)
  • Medicolegal Issues (HIM 3132)
  • Classification of Health Data: ICD-9-CM (HIM 3211)
  • Clinical Quality Management (HIM 4231)
  • Ambulatory Reimbursement Systems: CPT (HIM 4232)
  • Directed Practice Internship (HIM 4520)
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