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Health Information Administration (BS)

Manage medical records, manage health care

A health information administrator (HIA) is an expert in managing medical records. With a degree in HIA, you can work in the Health Information Management (HIM) field.

Design and manage health information systems to ensure they meet medical, legal, and ethical standards. Administer computer information systems, collect and analyze patient data, use classification systems and master medical terminologies. Manage records departments and serve on administrative committees. 

Our online and on-campus HIA degree is selective. As a candidate, you’ll need to complete a formal application to the program, after completing our Health Information Technology (HIT) program or obtaining a registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification.

Producing professionals of the highest quality

Upon program completion, you will plan and develop a health information management system that is appropriate for varying health care facilities, organizations, and agencies. You’ll also implement policies and procedures for information handling and dissemination, in accordance with ethics and in conformity with applicable federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.

The health care industry requires ethical leaders who can protect a patient's private health care information while managing health data quality and integrity processes, to ensure documentation accuracy. 

It is our goal to produce professionals of the highest quality. All of our students complete supervised professional practices. These practices are completed at a health care facility and provide hands-on training and networking.

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Advance your skills, increase your salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 20 occupations will see the fastest growth through 2029, including healthcare jobs. As an HIM professional, you know just how important it is to stay up to date on emerging technologies and medical practices. Professionals who seek higher education and gain essential skills and credentials can open up many doors to advance their career – and their salary.

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Annual enrollment Fall 2020

Accreditation where it matters most

The Health Information Management accreditor of Dakota State University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Administration has been reaffirmed through 2029-30. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

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The AS HIT, BS HIA, and MS HIM programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information
Management Education (CAHIIM).

Upon successfully completing DSU's online HIA program, you are eligible to take the national exam, which is sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). You can also earn a Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) credential.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree in Health Information Administration, students will:

  • Be able to plan for implementation of a health information management system appropriate for varying sizes and types of health care facilities, organizations,  and agencies
  • Be able to manage the staff working in a health information management department
  • Be able to perform the following management functions as they relate to a health information management system: facility design, financial planning, budgetary control, selection of equipment and supplies, systems analyses and evaluation of the effectiveness of departmental services
  • Be able to develop and implement policies and procedures for information handling and dissemination in accordance with professional ethics and in conformity with applicable federal, state, and local statutes and regulations
  • Be able to design a system to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of health information
  • Be able to select and analyze patient and institutional data for health care and health-related programs
  • Be able to assist in research and statistical analysis to provide administrative and clinical information for institutional management and to evaluate patient care
  • Be able to develop in-service education materials and conduct and evaluate instructional programs for health information management staff

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