Online RHIT-to-RHIA Bachelor's Degree-Completion Program

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

In this program, health information managers develop management expertise and strategies for providing those skills throughout all areas of the health care system. The curriculum builds upon prior academic study and supports professional development in areas relating to strategic leadership and management of people, processes, and information systems. RHIA certification and baccalaureate degree achievement in health information management is recognized to produce higher earnings and advanced career opportunities.

Build upon existing academic and professional achievements
This program's goal: avoid redundancy in HIM course work for degree-completion students. RHITs, by virtue of prior academic work and employment experience, often have already met requirements for certain courses in this bachelor's degree program. Therefore, each candidate’s transcripts and job history are reviewed. This process respects existing personal achievements and ensures students avoid courses in which appropriate mastery of the subject matter has been established.

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.”

Quality education at an affordable cost
Tuition for students studying in this online RHIT-to-RHIA degree-completion program is equivalent to Kansas resident tuition regardless of the student’s geographic location. Other applicable fees include the KU undergraduate course and e-learning fees per credit hour. See details at the Office of the Registrar.

Getting started
Those interested should contact Rosann O’Dell at or 913-588-0231 (711 TTY). Initial advising includes a discussion of academic goals, interest in and questions about KU's program, and evaluation of prior course work and industry experience (if applicable).


What are the admission requirements?
Candidates must possess current RHIT certification and meet the program admission requirements.

I graduated from a CAHIIM-approved associate's degree program. Do you have special agreements with local community colleges?
This program currently has a specific RHIT-to-RHIA articulation agreement with Hutchinson Community College. Other such agreements are expected in the future. Please inquire with specific questions.

How many hours do I need to graduate from KU?
A minimum of 120 credit hours are necessary to obtain a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas; some of these credit hours are derived from prerequisite and discipline-specific courses completed during prior study at a community or junior college. Each student receives individual advising to ensure he or she has adequate credit hours to successfully complete the program.

What resources are available to students in this program?
Students in this program have access to Blackboard (KU's learning management system for online courses), Dykes Health Sciences Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the KU bookstore. Students also receive an email address and support by expert faculty.

Last modified: Aug 10, 2015

Application deadlines:
March 31 for fall semester start
Oct 31 for spring semester start

Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
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photo of Angela Couture, RHIA We're here to answer any questions you may have about this program. Please contact program advisor Angela Couture, RHIA.