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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.

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).

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

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 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).

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.

For information about gainful employment for this program, please visit Gainful Employment Disclosure

Job positions include but are not limited to

Director of HIMPrivacy Officer
Security OfficerChief Compliance Officer
EHR Implementation SpecialistData Application or System Analyst
Data Integrity AnalystConsultant
Medical Office AdministratorHIM Revenue Cycle Auditor
Revenue Cycle ManagerREC/HIE Exchange Director
Meaningful Use SpecialistData Quality Manager
Documentation and Coding SpecialistCoding Manager
Cancer Registrar 

Admissions 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

  • Medical Terminology*
  • Intermediate Algebra (or 2 years of high school math
  • Business Communication (with a grade of C or better
  • Psychology course (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.

Prerequisite Update: Intro to Accounting and Intro to Computers are no longer a required prerequisites for this program.

Program Outline and Cost

Program Outline - 85 total units

FALL - Year 1 - 14 UnitsUnits
HLIN 321   Health Information Science & the Healthcare System I4
HLIN 332   Clinical Classification Systems4
HLIN 343    Pharmacology/Pathology4
RELE 457   Christian Ethics and Health Care2
WINTER - Year 1 - 14 UnitsUnits
HLIN 322    Health Information Science & the Healthcare System II4
HCBL 346   Legal & Ethical Environment in Healthcare3
HLIN 333    Advanced Classification Systems & Regulatory Compliance in HC4
HCBL 345   Business of HIT & Project Management3
SPRING - Year 1 - 14 UnitsUnits
HLIN 342   Seminar & Portfolio for HIM4
HLIN 347   Advanced Information Privacy & Security in Health Information Exchange4
HLIN 430   Quality Management & Performance Improvement in Healthcare3
HLIN 352   Professional Practice Exp. I3
FALL - Year 2 - 15 UnitsUnits
HLIN 341     Healthcare Informatics & Database Management4
HLIN 439     Management in Healthcare4
AHRM 475   Healthcare Research & Stats4
HCBL 434    Financial Management for Healthcare3
WINTER - Year 2 - 12 UnitsUnits
HLIN 438    RCM for Healthcare4
HCBL 471   Information Systems Management in Healthcare I4
HLIN 437    Data Analytics & Visualizations for Healthcare3
SPRING - Year 1 - 16 UnitsUnits
HLIN 452   Professional Practice Exp. II4
HLIN 433   Information Systems Management in Healthcare II4
HLIN 440   Leadership Strategy Management in Healthcare4
HLIN 435   Seminar Portfolio for HIM 4

85 Total Units x $415 per unit = $35,275

On CampusOnline

+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

Admissions

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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.

 

Pauline Calla Cabanada , MBA, RHIA

Pauline Calla Cabanada , MBA, RHIA

Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Email: studyhiim@llu.edu