University of Illinois at Chicago Adds Online Bachelor of Science in HIM Degree

Many are familiar with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s fantastic graduate – level online health informatics programs, but to round out their curriculum, UIC is launching a fully online, distance learning Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) degree through its College of Applied Health Sciences! The first in-take of students for this new distance program is fall 2012 and UIC is currently accepting enrollment applications. Here are some more details:

The new online health information management program at UIC is based on their traditional bachelor’s program, which was first offered on campus in 1965.  As with the traditional course of study, the online HIM program will deliver high quality education infused with the ethical standards of the HIM industry and strong student involvement within the profession. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM). UIC’s HIM program was designed to prepare graduates to take the prestigious Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.  The degree program provides skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for health care planning and provision, resource allocation, and executive decision-making. They offer a two-year, full-time program or part-time program completed over three years. Both options have three start dates a year for your convenience:  fall, summer, and winter-spring. The UIC Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree offers admission to most associates degree graduates in good academic standing, who can complete the program in as little as 63 credit hours. A Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential is not required for admission.  If a student has earned an RHIT credential, they can graduate in as few as 32 credit hours.

And check this stat out – 100% of graduating UIC Health Information Management students received “satisfactory” ratings or above from employers as surveyed one year following graduation. Employer comments regarding the strengths of their graduates include: “Able to think critically, problem solver.” “Solid knowledge of HIM domains. Collaborates well with colleagues.”  Interested in learning more?   Go here to download a program brochure and/or request more information.

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Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.