The Program

The Health Information Management Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a 4-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. This undergraduate program is for individuals who desire to enter and dedicate themselves to a rapidly growing profession that combines business administration/management with health and health information science and computer technology. The program is designed in a 2+2 format (2 years of preprofessional curriculum and 2 years in the professional sequence). Upon satisfactory completion of requirements, the graduate is eligible to write the national registration examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in collaboration with the American Health Information Management Association. To maintain accreditation, a program must continually meet the standards outlined in the Essentials of an Accredited Program for the Health Information Administrator. Essentials are the minimum standards for accrediting education programs that prepare individuals to enter an allied health profession. The extent to which a program complies with these standards determines its accreditation status; the Essentials therefore include all requirements for which an accredited program is held accountable. Periodic on-site surveys and reports of current status are held to determine program effectiveness. The last accreditation survey for the Health Information Management Program at SWOSU was held in 1995. At that time the program received the maximum accreditation duration possible of 8 years with no deficiencies. The program will complete a report of current status during the fall of 2003 as the first step in seeking reaccredidation.

Second Major Option

SWOSU offers a B.S. in Health Care Administration. Many core courses are the same for both the Health Information Management and the Health Care Administration programs. By taking an additional 21 hours plus an 8-week internship (which replaces the 2 week internship required for HIM majors), Health Information Management students may obtain a 2nd major in Health Care Administration. At the completion of both majors, students elect whether to receive a B.S.. in Health Information Management or Health Care Administration. Both are listed on the transcript as majors. To obtain two degrees, and additional minor is required.

Course Requirements for the 2nd major

2423 Social or 3323 Abnormal Psychology
2323 Principles of Managerial Accounting
3123 Legal Environment of Business
4123 Business or 3363 Public Finance
3233 Management
1433 BASIC Programming or 2342 Business Computer Programming (or another relevant computer course – check with HCA Advisor)
3 hours of electives to replace duplication in Health Statistics (check with HCA Advisor.

Course Requirements for the 2nd degree

Same as above plus another minor.

Program Goals and Standards

The Health Information Management Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University has established goals toward which all curriculum and program activities are directed. The goals and supporting standards include:

  • to provide a program in Health Information Management which fulfills the portion of the mission of SWOSU as relevant to the Division of Allied Health Sciences.
    • Twenty five percent of each professional class will be composed of students from western Oklahoma.
    • Twenty five percent of each professional class will be composed of students from areas in the state other than Western Oklahoma.
    • Fifty percent of each graduating class will find employment in Oklahoma.
    • One hundred percent of each graduate seeking employment will find suitable employment within 3 months following graduation.
    • Faculty will participate yearly in the SWOSU Health Career Day.
    • Faculty will respond to telephone and written inquiries regarding the program within 10 working days.
    • Faculty will send a follow-up letter to each individual identified by the SHAPER program or other inquiries forwarded by OkHIMA or AHIMA.
    • Faculty will sponsor and encourage participation by students in the HIM student organization - Mu Rho Alpha.
  • to provide the student with the opportunity to major in and complete a quality program in Health Information Management.
    • Instructional faculty within the HIM program shall hold a credential of RHIA and have a masters degree.
    • HIM program faculty will participate in at least two campus faculty development activities yearly.
    • HIM program faculty will maintain Continuing Education requirements for maintenance of certification through AHIMA.
    • HIM program faculty will be active in either/or the local, state, and national professional organization.
    • All identified elements of the "Program Assessment Plan" will be evaluated according to the established timetable.
    • Results of program evaluation will be reflected in the timely revision of the curriculum and other program elements.
  • to meet the needs of the community of interest served by the Health Information Management program at SWOSU.
    • Annual employer surveys and employee needs assessment surveys will demonstrate need for employment of graduates.
    • The professional practice component of the program shall be periodically reviewed to meet the needs of clinical sites and students.
    • Faculty will be available for student advisement purposes at
      a minimum of 10 hours per week.
    • A curriculum plan will be developed for each student with a major of HIM utilizing the "Suggested Course Sequence."
    • An allocation will be included in the program budget to support faculty development activities.
    • The program will remain with accreditation through the CAAHEP and the American Health Information Management Association.
  • to provide a curriculum which will enable students to develop the skills needed by practicing professionals in the Health Information Management field and provide assurance that graduates demonstrate the Entry Level Competencies as periodically defined by nationally accepted standards of practitioner roles and functions.
    • Program graduates will take and successfully pass the AHIMA registration exam.
    • The exam pass rate will equal or exceed the national mean.
    • Students will successfully meet the recommended performance criteria established for all professional practice experiences.
    • Students will successfully pass each professional course demonstrating achievement of course objectives and identified Entry-Level Competencies.
    • Graduate and employer follow-up will demonstrate graduate mastery of the Entry-Level Competencies.