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Program Curriculum

The courses taken at UAMS for the Bachelor of Science degree in HIA are the Health Information Administrator (HIA) courses listed below. Students take the General Education (GE) courses listed on the Prerequisite Courses page at any regionally accredited college or university of their choice, and these are transferred to UAMS as they are completed. Students may take the General Education courses before or during the time they are enrolled in either HIM program.  An Associate’s degree from a CAHIIM accredited program in HIM, HIT, or equivalent is required for admission consideration into the HIA Program.  Any remaining GE courses that need to be taken are placed into the Curriculum Plan while the student is taking the HIA courses, so that upon graduation all courses are completed at the same time. There is no time limit for the GE courses that a student transfers into the program.

Fall Entry

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Fall
HIMA 3301Reimbursement Methodology & Revenue Cycle3
HIMA 3304Management of Information Systems3
6
Spring
HIMA 3305Regulatory Standards & Accreditation3
HIMA 3306Statistics3
6
Summer
HIMA 3302Health Data Management3
HIMA 4301Advanced Legal3
6
Year 2
Fall
HIMA 3303Epidemiology3
HIMA 4302Quality Management & Outcomes Assessment3
6
Spring
HIMA 3308Human Resource Management3
HIMA 3310Research & Evaluation*3
6
Summer
HIMA 3307Networking & Security3
HIMA 4303Internship with Current Trends in Healthcare* (2 lecture, 1 lab)3
6
Year 3
Spring
HIMA 3309Finance & Fiscal Management3
HIMA 4401Capstone Project*4
7
TOTAL43

Spring Entry

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Spring
HIMA 3301Reimbursement Methodology & Revenue Cycle3
HIMA 3305Regulatory Standards & Accreditation3
HIMA 3306Statistics3
9
Summer
HIMA 3302Health Data Management3
HIMA 4301Advanced Legal3
6
Fall
HIMA 3303Epidemiology3
HIMA 3308Human Resource Management3
HIMA 4302Quality Management & Outcomes Assessment3
9
Year 2
Spring
HIMA 3304Management of Information Systems3
HIMA 3310Research & Evaluation*3
6
Summer
HIMA 3307Networking & Security3
HIMA 4303Internship with Current Trends in Healthcare* (2 lecture, 1 lab)3
6
Fall
HIMA 3309Finance & Fiscal Management3
HIMA 4401Capstone Project*4
7
TOTAL43

*Courses must be taken sequentially.  For HIMA 4401 Capstone Project, the HIA student will use the framework from HIMA 3310 Research & Evaluation and the data collected in the HIMA 4303 Internship with Current Trends in Healthcare.


Job Placement

Although our program does not officially have a job placement program, faculty are routinely made aware of numerous job opportunities by preceptors, local HIM directors, hospitals, and statewide agencies who contact us throughout the year because of their interest in our graduates. We list these job opportunities for our students and graduates. All of our students and graduates have equal opportunity to apply for any and all of these jobs, which are located both locally and throughout the states as they become known to us. They vary in position, salary, type, and qualifications. In recent years the number of job openings has significantly exceeded the number of our graduates, offering them many employment opportunities.

Credentials

Our graduates from the HIM (HIA-BS) Program will be able to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam once our program has been accredited.

We prefer our graduates take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing examination within six months of graduation from the HIM (HIA-BS) Program, so that all the knowledge and skills they gained in the program are very fresh in their minds.