Bachelor's degree-completion program for RHITs

KU's completely online Bachelor of Science in H.I.M. program for working RHIT professionals

Advance your career and increase earning potential.

KU’s RHIT Progression Program will meet your needs.
This program is designed specifically for RHIT professionals and recent health information technology graduates. Course content expands the student's knowledge into the management within health information, including management of a department, a budget, staff, systems, databases, confidentiality and reimbursement. The flexibility of online learning allows RHIT professionals to continue working while furthering their education. This rigorous program will enhance students' knowledge, both academically and professionally.

Here’s what a few of our graduates have to say about the program:

You have been my life-line for several years.; I cannot thank you enough for all your help and encouragement!”

“Thanks in advance for all of your help the last 2 1/2 years. It is been a great experience and I am recommending the KUMC program to any of my fellow RHIT's who want to get their bachelors degree.”

“I want to thank you so much for all the help you've provided over the last couple of years. The HIM program at KU is top notch in my book, and I would highly recommend it (and have) to anyone asking about online programs.”

The curriculum is designed to build upon existing health information technology knowledge and therefore offers flexibility in course work. In addition, the program offers the unique opportunity to transfer RHIT-program credits through a portfolio review process. Please contact the program with questions about transferring of courses and possible academic plans.

Total course work for the progression program averages about 35-45 credit hours, and all courses are online. A minimum of 120 credit hours are required to obtain a bachelor's degree from KU. This includes prerequisites, transfer electives, course credit evaluated by portfolio review and KU health information management courses. Successful completion of the program will earn students a bachelor of science in health information management and thus allowing graduates to take the national RHIA exam.

According to an AHIMA study, the RHIA credential could increase annual salary by $15,000. The health information management degree program is offered by the KU School of Health Professions at the KU Medical Center and is accredited by CAHIIM.

Affordable Program Cost

The RHIT-RHIA progression program is online and has a special online tuition. The rate is equivalent to Kansas in-state resident tuition regardless of actual residence. A KU undergraduate e-learning fee is applied for each credit hour taken. See details at the Office of the Registrar.

Note: Financial Aid is available or you may apply for personal loans.  You may also be eligible for a scholarship through AHIMA or your local state association.  And you may check with your employer for a tuition reimbursement program.

Frequently Asked Questions About this Program

How does the RHIT-Progression Program work?
Although online courses offer flexibility, this is not a self-paced correspondence course. The online courses are offered at the same time as the on-campus semester-based courses with the same assignments, tests, expectations and timeframes. Courses are offered through an online course delivery system, which you access through the internet.

Along with the online courses, you will be required to complete up to two professional practice experiences and a management internship or capstone project such as a senior thesis.  Since most students are already in the workplace, they have been able to integrate their assignments into their own work experiences.

Is on-line learning as effective as traditional learning?
Yes. The difference between the two is that online learning is an asynchronous form of education. It does not depend upon time or place. The online student must be self-disciplined and self-motivated in order to complete courses. The content of the course is the same and the expectations are the same. An online course requires a high level of motivation, discipline, and participation.

What resources will I have?
Aside from your BlackBoard access, you will be given a KU Medical Center email account. You will also have online access to Dykes Library and the bookstore at the KU Medical Center. Textbooks may be ordered directly from the bookstore and delivered to you. Your main point of contact will be the distance education coordinator of the HIM program.  And, of course, your fellow students will also be a resource for you.

How many hours do I need to graduate?
A minimum of 120 academic credit hours are required to obtain a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. Students need to enter the program with approximately 63 hours of required prerequisites and electives; the remaining course work is completed online. 

How long is a student allowed to stay in the RHIT-Progression Program?
The program may be completed in either 2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time), but no more than 4 years.

What are the admission requirements?
Please refer to admission requirements, which are the same for both academic programs.

Last modified: Jun 10, 2014