Bachelor's degree for undergraduates

man works at computer on health records and chartsIn KU's two-year bachelor's program on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., students work with the latest technology at a top academic institution and the region's premier academic health center, The University of Kansas Hospital. To be eligible for admission to this program, students must complete their first two years of undergraduate prerequisites from KU's Lawrence campus or another qualified accredited institution.

Students on the Lawrence campus interested in this program may declare pre-health information management as their major which in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All students need to contact the KU Department of Health Information Management for assignment to an adviser as soon as possible in his or her college career.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association National Registry Examination that allows the successful candidate to be officially recognized as a Registered Health Information Administrator and may use the RHIA credential.

Joint Bachelor's/Master's Program

In this intensive, full-time program, students can achieve a bachelor's in health information management and master's in health service administration in five years. Students will be prepared to assume management and executive positions in health-related organizations and to bring their expertise in health information management to these positions. Learn more

Minor in Business offered by the KU School of Business

Students interested in pursuing a business focus should consider a minor in business. Due to the overlap in the curricula, students in health information management at KU may satisfy some of the minor's eligibility requirements, based on course equivalency.

The minor in business requires completion of 18 credit hours prior to graduation, including all courses listed below. Twelve of the hours must be taken at KU.

Course Requirements:

  • ACCT 205 Survey of Accounting (prerequisite for the HIM program)
  • IST 205 Survey of Information Systems (prerequisite for the HIM program)
  • MGMT 305 Survey of Management (satisfied during the HIM program)
  • SCM 305 Survey of Supply Chain Management
  • MKTG 305 Survey of Marketing
  • FIN 305 Survey of Finance
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Interested students should schedule a meeting with his or her academic advisor. More information about the Minor in Business is provided on the School of Business website.

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

CAHIIM accredited program sealThe bachelor's degree in health information management at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

Current RHIA exam pass rates for KU students are 93%. Career and advanced degree placements are typically 100% within 6-12 months, although most students have placement at graduation. Attrition rates are typically 5% for KU's health information management program.

Last modified: Nov 23, 2015

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

More about this program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
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Tuition and fees
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We're here to answer your questions and help you prepare for a rewarding career in health information management. Advising for prospective students is available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email for scheduling.

For advising on the Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center at (785) 864-2834 or visit Strong Hall Room 132.