Health Information Administration (BS)

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A health information administrator (HIA) is an expert in managing medical records. You’ll design and manage health information systems to ensure they meet medical, legal, and ethical standards. You’ll administer computer information systems, collect and analyze patient data, and use classification systems and medical terminologies. Unlike a health information technician, you’ll also manage records departments and serve on administrative committees. DSU’s degree in HIA is offered on campus and online.

Our HIA degree is selective. Students will need to complete a formal application to the program after completing the health information technology program or obtaining a registered health information technician (RHIT) certification. You can learn more about the HIA admission process in our undergraduate catalog or contact us for more information. We go out of our way to help all of our students succeed and produce professionals of the highest quality.

Benefits of studying HIA at DSU

As part of the health information administration program, you'll complete supervised professional practice. These internships are completed at a healthcare facility and provide hands-on training and networking.

You’ll be working with professionals and experts. Our faculty are active in professional health information organizations. For example, our program director has fellowship status in the respected American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). We also have an advisory board of professionals who provide input on our programs and help our students connect with the internships and professional practice they’ll need.

HiMSS Academic Organizational Affiliate

Outside the classroom, DSU has an active Health Information Management Club involved in social, community service, and other professional activities in the area. Grants and scholarships are also available for HIA students. In fact, scholarships specific to health information administration are available from AHIMA and the South Dakota Health Information Management Associations and other state associations. Contact our admissions team for more information.

Integrated technology

You will learn industry leading health information management software that is incorporated into classes. Courses are available via distance delivery utilizing webcasting videos, and other online resources.


CAHIIM logoDSU's HIA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Our graduates are prepared to take the AHIMA exam to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

HIA Bachelor’s Program Outcomes


85%    Part-time students
100%  Graduates employed within one year
100%  Employer community satisfaction ratings

Sources: Office of Career Services, Dakota State University: "Dakota State University 2017 Graduate Outcomes Report"

Get your degree online

Our HIA program is also offered completely online. Courses are available via distance delivery, webcast videos, and other website resources. We structure our classes to allow distance students to interact with those on campus. Learn more about our online health information administration program. Consumer Seal of Approval DSU's distance Health Information Administration undergraduate program has earned's Seal of Approval.

Possible job titles

  • Health Information Manager
  • Privacy Officer
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Clinical Coding Specialist

Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.

Learn more about our health information technology options.

Schedule a campus visit to meet health information professors and students in the department and see the campus.

You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.