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Bachelor Certificate in Health Information Management

BACHELOR CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION

The Health Information Administrator (HIA) manages health information systems that serve the needs of patients, the healthcare team, and the administrative staff. It is an excellent career choice for the person who would like to have a profession in healthcare that combines interests in data analytics, computer science, business, management,informatics, law, and medicine. This unique mixture provides the HIA with great opportunities in a variety of
different settings and job titles along with substantial income.

Health Information Administrators have opportunities to assist in the development and implementation of health information systems for quality patient care, financial reimbursement, medical research, healthcare planning, and healthcare quality evaluation. Others responsibilities include privacy, security, and data governance.
One of the many career options chosen by HIAs is the management of a health information department. In this position, managers evaluate and motivate employees, provide leadership in department planning and organizing, determine department policies, and budget department resources. Managers are also involved in decision making and health care committees.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Job opportunities continue to grow for HIAs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” As the population ages, they will require more care. More care translates to more documentation
required and reimbursement for healthcare providers. “Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry”
(www.bls.gov).

EARNINGS

Full-time salaries in the profession range from entry positions paying approximately $55,000-$70,000 to advanced positions paying up to $90,000+. Management positions may offer earnings as high as $150,000.

EMPLOYMENT

Health Information Administration provides job flexibility for the person seeking work in a variety of settings. Many are employed by hospitals and medical centers in large urban areas. Others work in small community hospitals in rural settings.

The job market is rapidly expanding outside of hospitals. New openings are available in home health agencies,long term care facilities, outpatient care, mental health facilities, private medical practices and clinics, insurance companies, health management organizations, commercial and industrial firms, governmental agencies, legal
offices, software vendors, and education.

Job positions include but are not limited to: Director of HIM, Privacy Officer, Security Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, EHR Implementation Specialist, Data Application or System Analyst, Data Integrity Analyst, Consultant, Cancer Registrar, Medical Office Administrator, HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor, Revenue Cycle Manager, REC/HIE Exchange Director, Meaningful Use Specialist, Data Quality Manager, Documentation and Coding Specialist, and Coding Manager.

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BACHELOR CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Health Information Administration at Loma Linda University is a four-year program leading to a postbaccalaureate certificate in Health Information Administration. You will need a baccalaureate degree and completion of the prerequisite courses at a junior college or four-year college to be eligible to enter the program. The prerequisite classes, which prepare you for two years of study at Loma Linda University, are listed on page two (2) of this document. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Applicants who have graduated from this program are eligible to sit for the registered health information administrator (RHIA) exam.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This program is designed for the professional who has a bachelor’s degree. The program involves 6 quarters of instruction and clinical affiliations. The academic load varies between a total of 78 and 85 units depending on the student’s experience, as well as previous instruction received. The certificate qualifies graduates to sit for
the RHIA exam.
1. Complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university
2. Minimum GPA of 2.5
3. Complete all program prerequisites (listed below)
4. Complete the LLU application, including values and personal essays and submit application fee
5. Provide three letters of recommendation that indicate a strong academic background and professional
readiness
6. Interview, if deemed necessary

PREREQUISITES

• Intro to Accounting
• Medical Terminology*
• Intro to Computers (must include word processing)
• Statistics*
• Intermediate Algebra (or 2 years of high school math
• Business Communication with a grade of C or better)
• Human Resource Management*
• Psychology elective (one course)
• Anatomy & Physiology (complete sequence)*
*Courses offered at Loma Linda University
Applicants who have comparable education or experience maybe be able to gain credit toward certificate by
equivalence or evaluation of credit on an individual basis.

BACHELOR CERTIFICATE IN
HEALTH INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
PROGRAM MISSION
In harmony with the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions, the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management is dedicated to:
● Educating competent health information professionals
● Promoting the health information management profession
● Extending the current knowledge of health information professionals at neighboring health care facilities
● Challenging students and department faculty to maintain high standards of ethical and professional behavior
● Encouraging students and faculty to seek a meaningful relationship with God and a balanced Christian
lifestyle

PROGRAM PURPOSE

To prepare our graduates to be competent health information professionals through excellence in classroom instruction, professional practice experience, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis on global service.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

● Students understand and apply the laws of patient record confidentiality, privacy, and compliance.
● Students demonstrate knowledge of health information technology and systems.
● Students demonstrate and apply knowledge of the principles of personnel management.
● Students develop a financial plan for a health information management department.
● Students demonstrate mastery of the principles of health information management.
● Students demonstrate mastery of the health information management curriculum.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

TUITION COSTS

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please contact:

Pauline Calla, MBA, RHIA -- Bachelor Program Director
Health Informatics and Information Management
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY | School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall 1905, Loma Linda, California 92350
(909) 558-4976 • fax (909) 558-0404
pcalla@llu.edu | www.llu.edu/llu/sahp