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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 data analytics, health information science and computer technology. The program is designed in a 2+2 format (2 years of preprofessional curriculum and 2 years, online, in the professional sequence).  However students are allowed to take courses on a full time or part time basis depending on their preference.  Upon satisfactory completion of requirements, the graduate is eligible to write the national registration examination (RHIA exam) 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 reaccreditation.

Course Requirement Information
B.S. in Health Information Management Degree Plan
HIM Course Descriptions
General Education Course Descriptions

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 25 hours plus an 8-week internship. 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

1401 Allied Health Careers 3193 U.S. Healthcare System
3533 Organizational Behavior 3423 Business Communication
3333 Human Resource Management 3433 Organizational Design
2313 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3233 Management
4123 Managerial Ethics

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:

  1. To provide the academic foundation necessary to ensure that graduates are able to successfully perform the Entry Level Competencies of the HIM profession 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.
  2. To provide a quality program in Health Information Management supported by a comprehensive curriculum based on continuous assessment, modification, and reanalysis.
    • The program will receive an above average or excellent ranking by students and graduates on evaluation documents.
    • The curriculum will be established based on the most recent competencies of the HIM profession.
    • The curriculum will include all required knowledge cluster content as identified by CAHIIM in the model curriculum.
    • The program will provide a student-centered learning environment to enhance student engagement in self-directed learning.
    • Faculty will demonstrate a positive attitude toward students.
    • Program facilities and instructional resources are available to adequately support the HIM curriculum.
    • PPE assignments reflect a variety and depth of professional practice experiences.
    • Students will be assigned projects that foster problem-solving and critical thinking.
  3. To employ and foster the development of faculty who demonstrate competence in current and emerging HIM professional practice particularly related to areas of instructional responsibility.   
    • Instructional faculty within the HIM program shall hold a credential of RHIA and have a master’s degree and/or have practical experience in their area of instructional responsibility.
    • HIM program faculty will participate in at least one campus faculty development activities yearly.
    • HIM program faculty will incorporate relevant new and emerging information in the content of appropriate courses.
    • HIM program faculty will be active in either/or the local, state, and national professional organization.
    • All program faculty will receive a satisfactory or better on all evaluation documents.
  4. To monitor and be receptive to the needs of the community of interest served by the Health Information Management program at SWOSU.
    • A minimum enrollment of 11 students per class in the junior and senior level will be maintained.
    • Program graduates will be employed in the HIM profession within 3 months of graduation.
    • Program graduates will sit for the registration exam within 4 months of graduation.
    • The HIM program will provide educational and networking opportunities to its community of interest on an as needed or biannual basis.
    • HIM program faculty will actively contribute as elected and/or appointed members of local, state, and national professional organizations.
    • Practicing HIM professionals will be utilized as members of the HIM Advisory Committee, adjunct faculty, PPE Supervisors, and a source of program resources.
    • Recruitment activities will be done on an ongoing basis to recruit high school, transfer, and non-traditional students.
    • Students and Graduates will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.
    • The program will remain with accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.