Why choose a degree in Health Information Management and Technology?
Health information professionals maintain, collect, and analyze the data that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information, administering computer information systems, and coding diagnoses and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients.
But today, new regulations and technologies are dramatically changing the roles and educational requirements of health information professionals. A Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology provides the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the new age of health information management, technology, and data analytics. The program’s two tracks—Health Information Management and Health Information Technology—prepare you to pursue your interests in roles that span an array of healthcare environments.
This degree can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including:
- Health data analyst
- Insurance claims analyst
- Security or compliance officer
- Physician practice manager
- Health information manager
- Patient information coordinator
For whom is the program intended?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is aimed at working adults and nontraditional learners who are seeking to complete their degrees or earn a new degree to advance their careers and position themselves for success in the exciting world of healthcare. Working parents, professionals, and veterans will find the flexibility of online courses to be especially convenient.
Ideal candidates will already have some college credits or a liberal arts–based associate degree. The program is also a good choice for adults who have completed a bachelor’s degree in another domain and seek a second bachelor’s in HIMT to gain entry to this high-growth field.
What are the admission requirements?
The online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is a degree-completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or a liberal arts–based associate degree. You may be eligible for admission to this program if you have completed approximately 60 credits of transferable college credit with a 2.0 or better grade point average (GPA). There are three prerequisite courses: algebra, communications, and biology (anatomy and physiology suggested but not required).
Are there any course prerequisites?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology has three prerequisite courses. If you have not completed some or all of these prerequisites as part of an associate degree or prior coursework, you will need to complete them, or equivalent courses, before taking specific Health Information Management and Technology coursework. UW campus equivalents or other college/university equivalents may be substituted. The three prerequisite courses are: algebra, communications, and biology (anatomy and physiology suggested but not required).
How do I apply?
For details about how to apply, see our Application and Admission page. An enrollment adviser will be happy to help you through the process.
Do I need to take the ACT or SAT?
If you have an associate degree or equivalent coursework, the ACT or SAT is not required.
How do I know whether my credits will transfer?
Courses completed at other colleges or universities that have descriptions closely matching the descriptions of courses taught at the home campus will generally transfer as direct course equivalents, but may not be used for the balance of the degree requirements.
If you have completed coursework at a University of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Technical College System campus, you can use the Transfer Wisconsin tool to evaluate how your credits might transfer to your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology home campus.
Once you have been admitted as a transfer student and confirm your intention to enroll, your home campus will conduct a complete credit evaluation.
Which campuses are offering this degree?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is granted by four institutions: UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, and UW-Stevens Point. Contact an enrollment adviser (1-877-895-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss which home campus may be the best match for your degree and career goals. UW-Parkside is accepting applications from all students, including those interested in a CAHIIM-accredited HIM track. Please speak with an enrollment adviser for more information.
What is a “home” campus and why do I need to choose one?
Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all four partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to choose a “home” campus from one of the program’s degree-granting institutions: UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, or UW-Stevens Point. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and ultimately, your diploma.
Please contact an enrollment adviser (1-877-895-3276 or email@example.com) to discuss which home campus may be the best match for your degree and career goals. UW-Parkside is accepting applications from all students, including those interested in a CAHIIM-accredited HIM track. Please speak with an enrollment adviser for more information.
Is this an online program?
Yes, this degree is offered completely online; there are no on-campus meetings or requirements. Books and materials are handled through an online bookstore. For a list of frequently asked questions about online learning, please see the page, “Are Online Courses Right for You?”
Are there specific enrollment/start times?
You may enter the program at the beginning of any term (fall, spring, or summer). Courses are offered in fall (starting early September), spring (starting late January), and summer (starting early June) semesters.
How can I tell whether online learning is right for me?
See the page, “Are Online Courses Right for You?” and call a friendly enrollment adviser at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276).
Who are the instructors for the program?
Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program are taught by faculty from the four participating campuses. Because these faculty members teach the same content in their respective classroom-based courses, HIMT students experience exactly the same rigor and requirements as their on-campus counterparts.
What subjects will the program cover?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology covers subject areas such as healthcare terminology, programming and software development, healthcare systems and organizations, quality assessment and improvement, and healthcare billing and coding. See our Course Information page for more.
What courses are required?
You are required to take all 17 core courses in the curriculum. You then choose one of the two four-course concentrations: either Health Information Management or Health Information Technology. You will take 21 courses in all. There are no electives. Because of the unique nature of the program, no other courses may be substituted for courses in the curriculum. View our complete course listing.
How long does it take to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology degree?
It depends on how many courses you take each semester. Twenty courses with three credits each, plus a capstone course, are required. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions, so it would be possible to complete the degree in as little as two years, but only if you take full credit loads (five Health Information Management and Technology courses) each semester. Students are encouraged to consider their own time constraints when estimating time to completion. Students with work, family, and volunteer obligations may require a slower pace.
How long do I have to earn my degree?
There is no completion deadline. You may take as many semesters as you need to earn your degree.
Are internships a required part of the program?
The course HIMT 490: Capstone, requires students to identify a professional site that is related to healthcare. We will help you set up a semester-long project from which you can gain hands-on experience in the areas of your concentration (either Health Information Management or Health Information Technology). View our map of capstone sites for a list of participating organizations.
What are the program’s tuition and fees?
Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is a flat fee of $390 per credit (61 credits total) whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state. All courses are three credits. Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. There are no additional course or program fees. As this is an online program, students do not pay segregated fees—fees in addition to tuition that cover the costs of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations such as student health centers.
Can I get financial aid?
A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for returning adult students. Contact the Financial Aid office at your home campus for detailed information.
Are there benefits for veterans?
Yes. Contact the Veterans Coordinator at your home campus for details.
What is CAHIIM accreditation?
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality accreditation standards for health informatics and health information management education programs. The HIM track offered by the UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program at UW-Green Bay is accredited by CAHIIM, with accreditation at UW-Parkside pending.
Why does an institution seek CAHIIM accreditation?
Program accreditation by CAHIIM provides assurance that the program offered provides a quality education and adheres to professionally required knowledge and skills. CAHIIM accreditation is necessary in order for graduates to be eligible for the AHIMA professional HIM Certification Exams, as required for RHIA certification. A graduate is required to have completed an accredited CAHIIM program to be eligible to take the exam and become certified. The HIM track offered by the UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program at UW-Green Bay is accredited by CAHIIM, with accreditation at UW-Parkside pending.
What if my program of choice is a candidate and not yet accredited by CAHIIM?
Students enrolled in or who graduate from programs in candidacy status will be eligible to apply for the AHIMA professional certification exams once the program has achieved CAHIIM accreditation. The UW HIMT program director will inform students when this program status has been achieved. The HIM track offered by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program is accredited by CAHIIM as of March 2015. UW-Parkside is in candidacy status, pending accreditation review by CAHIIM.
UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, and UW-Stevens Point offer the HIMT degree, but UW-Green Bay is the first to receive accreditation by CAHIIM. What does this mean?
Although the UW HIMT program is a collaborative program with four partner campuses, CAHIIM accredits each institution independently. In 2015, UW-Green Bay was the first campus to receive accreditation. UW-Parkside is in candidacy status, pending accreditation review by CAHIIM, and the other partner campuses will apply for accreditation in the future. UW-Parkside is accepting applications from all students, including those interested in a CAHIIM-accredited HIM track.
If AHIMA professional certification exams are of interest to you, please speak with your adviser for additional guidance and information as to when your campus will be fully accredited.
How do I withdraw from a course?
Add/drop/withdrawal deadlines for the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology are subject to the policies of your home campus.
Prior to withdrawing, we recommend that you talk with your instructor and/or adviser. For more information about the withdrawal policy and deadlines, please contact your home campus adviser.
How can I contact an adviser?
Are you ready to get started?
Our advisers are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or by appointment.
Call: 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276)