Health information professionals work with clinical, financial and administrative staff in health care to interpret data for patient care, statistical reporting and planning and medical research. They are experts in coding and classification systems, managing patient health information, and administrating computer information systems.
Program graduates are employed as directors, managers, consultants, data quality managers and privacy officers – to name just a few. Potential employers include: hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term facilities, insurance companies, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, software development companies and home care providers.
The HIA Bachelor of Science program is a four year program consisting of 122 credit hours – 55 credit hours of prerequisite course work and 67 credit hours of professional course work.
The professional component of the program is offered in the junior and senior years of a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree. The program begins in the fall semester only each year and includes 2 professional practicum courses which are completed in the senior year. A minimum of two (2) of the four (4) years of the HIA Bachelor of Science program may be completed at Indiana University Kokomo.
The professional courses focus on the management of health information systems and utilization of computerized clinical data. The professional component of the curriculum integrates lecture and laboratory courses , with technical and professional practice experiences in health care facilities and related settings.
Students have the option of completing the professional program curriculum via distance education with the exceptions of the professional practicum courses.