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The CAHIIM Accredited Program

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The Health Information Management Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a four-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 (two years of preprofessional curriculum and two 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 Baccalaureate Degree Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Program Outcome Statistics

External Validation of Student Learning
American Health Information Management Association
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

The first-time pass rate of the National Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA) exam for SWOSU students between August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017 was 71 percent compared with the national pass rate of 69 percent. The pass rate for repeat testers for SWOSU for the same time period was 67 percent compared to the National rate of 37 percent.

Employment Statistic in an HIM Role
Within three months of graduation

For students graduating between August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017, 76 percent of the students were either employed in an HIM department within three months of graduation or were enrolled in an HIM graduate degree program.

Retention Rates for SWOSU HIM Program

  • The retention rate for the 2017 SWOSU HIM graduating class was 85 percent
  • The retention rate for the 2018 SWOSU HIM graduating class was 82.4 percent

Degree Plan

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 24 hours plus an eight-week internship. Health Information Management students may obtain a second 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, an additional minor is required.

Course Requirements for the Second Major

  • 2213 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • 2313 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • 3233 Management
  • 3333 Human Resource Management
  • 3193 U.S. Healthcare Systems

Choice of two of the three

  • 3533 Organizational Behavior
  • 4123 managerial Ethics
  • 3123 Legal Environment of Business

Course Requirements for the Second Degree

Same as above plus another minor.

Program Goals & 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.
    1. Program graduates will take and successfully pass the AHIMA registration exam.
    2. The exam pass rate will equal or exceed the national mean.
    3. Students will successfully meet the recommended performance criteria established for all professional practice experiences.
    4. Students will successfully pass each professional course demonstrating achievement of course objectives and identified Entry-Level Competencies.
    5. 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.
    1. The program will receive an above average or excellent ranking by students and graduates on evaluation documents.
    2. The curriculum will be established based on the most recent competencies of the HIM profession.
    3. The curriculum will include all required knowledge cluster content as identified by CAHIIM in the model curriculum.
    4. The program will provide a student-centered learning environment to enhance student engagement in self-directed learning.
    5. Faculty will demonstrate a positive attitude toward students.
    6. Program facilities and instructional resources are available to adequately support the HIM curriculum.
    7. PPE assignments reflect a variety and depth of professional practice experiences.
    8. 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.   
    1. 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.
    2. HIM program faculty will participate in at least one campus faculty development activities yearly.
    3. HIM program faculty will incorporate relevant new and emerging information in the content of appropriate courses.
    4. HIM program faculty will be active in either/or the local, state, and national professional organization.
    5. 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.
    1. A minimum enrollment of 11 students per class in the junior and senior level will be maintained.
    2. Program graduates will be employed in the HIM profession within three months of graduation.
    3. Program graduates will sit for the registration exam within four months of graduation.
    4. The HIM program will provide educational and networking opportunities to its community of interest on an as needed or biannual basis.
    5. HIM program faculty will actively contribute as elected and/or appointed members of local, state and national professional organizations.
    6. Practicing HIM professionals will be utilized as members of the HIM Advisory Committee, adjunct faculty, PPE Supervisors and a source of program resources.
    7. Recruitment activities will be done on an ongoing basis to recruit high school, transfer, and non-traditional students.
    8. Students and Graduates will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.
    9. The program will remain with accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.