Health Information Management
Admission to the Professional Health Information Management Program
Any student may declare their major as Health Information Management and enroll in the preprofessional curriculum. When they have completed most of this curriculum, they may apply for admission into the professional Health Information Management Program. To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must have achieved and maintained a GPA of 2.25 for prerequisite HIM Program curriculum and must have successfully completed the majority of the preprofessional curriculum to insure final completion of the program within the 2-year professional sequence. In addition, a student must complete 2442 Medical Terminology and 2214 Human Anatomy and Physiology before beginning the professional program. Applicants will interview with the HIM Program faculty. Recommendations regarding acceptance or non-acceptance will be made and the student will be notified of the decision as soon after the interview as possible.
Applications are available by the following three methods:
- Applications will be given to eligible students as they process enrollment for the spring semester.
- Online Application
- Pick up applications from HIM program faculty (Science 202) or Shirley Venable, School of Allied Health Sciences Secretary (Science 206)
Application Deadline: 2nd Week of January
A student may be accepted as an alternate and may enroll in the professional program should one of those selected not be able to continue. No student will be accepted after the third week of each fall semester.
A student who is not accepted may appeal the decision. A written statement must be made stating why he believes he should be reconsidered. This should be submitted to the Director of the HIM program. The applicant will then meet with those he originally interviewed with plus the Chairman of the Division of Allied Health Sciences and an additional RHIA practitioner. Recommendations will be made to the Director of the program who will notify the student of the final decision.
Once students have completed the admission process and been accepted into the program they may enroll in the professional classes.
A student must maintain a 2.25 GPA for each professional semester to be allowed to continue in the professional program. A failing grade in any major taken during the professional sequence will result in suspension from the professional program. If the failing grade occurs during the Junior year, the student must reapply for acceptance into the professional sequence.
If the failing grade occurs during the Senior year the student must process an application for readmission to the program which will include an interview with the current program faculty as well as the Chairman of the Division of Allied Health Sciences. Reinstatement in the professional program will be dependent on academic performance and availability of openings in the senior class.
Students must also maintain a "C" in each major course. Students must repeat major courses for which less than a C is made.
It is strongly recommended that the students have competence in the following skills before entering the Health Information Management Program:
- Reading Skills
- Basic English Writing Skills
- Spelling Skills
- Basic Math Skills
- Effective Study Skills