Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
- Part-time is 6 or 7 semesters (roughly 2 and a half years), depending on whether you start in the Fall or the Spring.
How many students are in each class?
- We accept 25 students in the fall and 12 students in the spring.
When can I come for a tour of the campus?
- Anytime. Just call ahead at (501) 296-1059 so we can schedule an interview with our Instructors and/or the Chairman for any questions you might have.
Can I work while going through the HIA Program?
- Most of our students are full-time employees, and both our AS program and BS program are on a part-time basis only.
What hours will be in attendance at school while enrolled in the HIM Program?
- All classes are online, except when a guest speaker is scheduled for a particular class, and since most of our guest speakers come after their own work schedule, most of these classes will be held in the evening.
What is the deadline for admission applications?
- June 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester
When do classes begin?
- Students are admitted in the fall or spring. In the fall, classes begin in August; in the spring, they begin in January.
Is it “hard” to get accepted into the program?
- Admission to the program is competitive with the advantage going to those students with higher cumulative and prerequisite GPAs.
Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?
- Yes, it is a requirement for admission.
Is financial aid available?
- Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (telephone 501-686-5451) for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships.
Is experience as a Medical Coder helpful?
- Yes. Familiarity with the hospital/clinical setting and terminology is helpful, but not required. Students don’t have to have the RHIT credential to apply to our program, but working as a coder does give the student a basis that will help them throughout their studies in HIM.
Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?
- The computer course is required before entrance into the AS program, and additionally, all HIM AS Program coursework is required before entrance into the BS Program. Also, all HIM coursework for transfer from another university must be taken from an accredited CAHIIM Program to transfer into the UAMS HIM-BS Program.
If I am past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter into the HIM Program?
- Certainly not. Student ages in the program range from 19 to 55. Most of our students are considered “non-traditional”.
Are Health Information Administrators at risk for infectious diseases?
- RHIAs are at no greater risk than anybody else that ever walked into a hospital. There is no direct patient contact.