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​Open December 2 through August 1 for BS HIA online and on-campus programs.

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Accreditation 

The Health Information Administrator(HIA) manages health information systems that serve the needs of patients, the health care team, and the administrative staff. It is an excellent career choice for the person who would like to have a profession in health care 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 Administration at Loma Linda University is a two-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. It is the only program of its kind in California and has been offered by Loma Linda University since 1962. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Quick Facts

6
Shortest amount of terms for completion
8:1
Student to faculty ratio
$415
Tuition cost per unit

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 healthcare 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.

Program 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

Job Opportunities and Earnings

Health Information Administrators have opportunities to assist in the development and implementation of health information systems for quality patient care, financial reimbursement, medical research, health care planning, and health care quality evaluation. Others responsibilities include privacy, security, and data governance.

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 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 health care providers. “Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of health care providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the health care industry”(www.bls.gov).

Full-time salaries in the profession range from entry positions paying approximately $55,000-$70,000 to advanced positions may offer earnings as high as $125,000+.

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
Medical Office Administrator HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor
Revenue Cycle Manager REC/HIE Exchange Director
Meaningful Use Specialist Data Quality Manager
Documentation and Coding Specialist Coding Manager

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 96 quarter units 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 of $60.00
  5. Provide three letters of recommendation that indicate a strong academic background and professional readiness
  6. Interview, if deemed necessary

You will need to finish two years of 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 below.

Applicants who have graduated from this program are eligible to sit for the registered health information administrator (RHIA) exam.

Prerequisites

1. RELIGION AND HUMANITIES
(20 qtr / 14 sem. units)
Humanities

Select cultural credits from a minimum of three areas:
Art/Music (performing arts limited to 4 quarter units)
History Literature Philosophy
Foreign language/American Sign Language

Religion
Required only if student is attending an SDA college. Four quarter hours of religion per year of prerequisite study. Up to 8 hours may apply to Domain 1.

2. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS
Natural Sciences

Human Anatomy & Physiology/lab (complete sequence)
Intermediate algebra (2 years of high school math accepted, grade ‘C’ or better)
Medical Terminology

Select one additional from one of the following areas:
Chemistry Math Geology
Astronomy Physics
Social Sciences (2 areas minimum)
Cultural diversity or anthropology (one course)
Psychology elective
Select one additional from one of the following areas:
Sociology Political Science Anthropology
Economics Geography

3. COMMUNICATION
Freshman English (complete sequence)
Introduction to Computers (must include word processing)
Business Communications

4. HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Personal Health or nutrition
Physical activity - 2 courses total

5. ELECTIVES
To meet minimum total requirements of 96 quarter units
PLEASE NOTE: “C minus” grades are not transferable for credit

Prerequisite Update: Intro to Accounting and Intro to Computers with word processing are no longer required prerequisites.

Program Outline and Cost

Program Outline - 91 total units  

FALL - Year 1 - 14 Units Units
HLIN 321   Health Information Science & the Healthcare System I 4
HLIN 334   Clinical Classification Systems 4
HLIN 348    Pharmacology/Pathology 4
RELE 457    Christian Ethics and Health Care 2
WINTER - Year 1 - 14 Units Units
HLIN 322    Health Information Science & the Healthcare System II 4
HCBL 346   Legal & Ethical Environment in Healthcare 3
HLIN 335    Advanced Classification Systems & Regulatory Compliance in HC 4
HCBL 345   Business of HIT & Project Management 3
SPRING - Year 1 - 16 Units Units
HLIN 340   Seminar & Portfolio for HIM 4
HLIN 347   Advanced Information Privacy & Security in Health Information Exchange 4
HLIN 430   Quality Management & Performance Improvement in Healthcare 3
HLIN 354   Professional Practice Exp. I 3
REL-         Religion Course 2
FALL - Year 2 - 17 Units Units
HLIN 344     Healthcare Informatics & Database Management 4
HLIN 439     Management in Healthcare 4
AHRM 475   Healthcare Research & Stats 4
HCBL 434    Financial Management for Healthcare 3
REL-           Religion Course 2
WINTER - Year 2 - 14 Units Units
HLIN 438    RCM for Healthcare 4
HCBL 471   Information Systems Management in Healthcare I 4
HLIN 437    Data Analytics & Visualizations for Healthcare 3
REL-          Religion Course 2
SPRING - Year 1 - 16 Units Units
HLIN 454   Professional Practice Exp. II 4
HLIN 472   Information Systems Management in Healthcare II 4
HLIN 440   Leadership Strategy Management in Healthcare 4
HLIN 435   Seminar Portfolio for HIM II 4

91 Total Units x $415 per unit = $37,765

On Campus Online

+Enrollment Fees: $828 / quarter

Total Cost: $42,733

Median Cost per quarter: $7,053

+Enrollment Fees: $0 / quarter

Total Cost: $37,765

Median Cost per quarter: $6,225

Program Outcomes for 2018 Graduates

  • Retention Rate: 100% 

  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 100%

  • Graduation Rate: 83%

  • Job Placement Rate: 83%

  • 100% reported an overall positive LLU experience

  • 100% reported receiving a quality education

  • 100% would recommend degree to others

Pauline Calla Cabanada , MBA, RHIA

Pauline Calla Cabanada , MBA, RHIA

Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Email: studyhiim@llu.edu