Pauline Calla Cabanada , MBA, RHIA
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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.
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).
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:
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.
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”
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.
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.
For information about gainful employment for this program, please visit Gainful Employment Disclosure
|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|
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.
*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.
Prerequisite Update: Intro to Accounting and Intro to Computers are no longer a required prerequisites for this program.
|FALL - Year 1 - 14 Units||Units|
|HLIN 321 Health Information Science & the Healthcare System I||4|
|HLIN 332 Clinical Classification Systems||4|
|HLIN 343 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 333 Advanced Classification Systems & Regulatory Compliance in HC||4|
|HCBL 345 Business of HIT & Project Management||3|
|SPRING - Year 1 - 14 Units||Units|
|HLIN 342 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 352 Professional Practice Exp. I||3|
|FALL - Year 2 - 15 Units||Units|
|HLIN 341 Healthcare Informatics & Database Management||4|
|HLIN 439 Management in Healthcare||4|
|AHRM 475 Healthcare Research & Stats||4|
|HCBL 434 Financial Management for Healthcare||3|
|WINTER - Year 2 - 12 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|
|SPRING - Year 1 - 16 Units||Units|
|HLIN 452 Professional Practice Exp. II||4|
|HLIN 433 Information Systems Management in Healthcare II||4|
|HLIN 440 Leadership Strategy Management in Healthcare||4|
|HLIN 435 Seminar Portfolio for HIM||4|
+Enrollment Fees: $828 / quarter
Total Cost: $40,243
Median Cost per quarter: $6,638
+Enrollment Fees: $0 / quarter
Total Cost: $35,275
Median Cost per quarter: $5,810
The following links will provide information regarding the cost of the certificate, financing available, median debt, normal time frame for completion, and job placement rates for students that have completed this program. To view this information click on the links below.
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 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.
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 healthcare committees.