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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the bachelor's degree in health information management
Other General Questions
I'm looking for health policy and management at KU.
This program is offered by KU, but not by the Department of Health Information Management or the School of Health Professions. Please see kumc.edu/hpm.
About The University of Kansas Health System.
The University of Kansas Health System's main hospital shares the KU Medical Center campus with university's academic departments, but it is an independent for-profit organization. Please call the main hospital at 913-588-1227 (711 TTY) or visit their website for more information.
Patient medical records and release of health care information.
Patient records and information are managed by The University of Kansas Health System and should not be sent to the KU bachelor's degree program offices. Call the hospital's Health Information Management (Medical Records) Department for patient records at 913-588-2454.
Yes. If you already have a laptop or tablet, make sure that it meets the computer requirements. If you have not yet purchased a laptop or tablet, then use the requirements as a guide for your purchase. Note: As a KU student, you are eligible for a discount through Dell’s Education Purchase Program, which may be found through the myKUMC portal.
Because owning your own laptop/tablet is a requirement of the program, the expense is eligible for financial aid (up to $2,500). Students are responsible for contacting the financial aid office at 913-588-5170 to complete the appropriate paperwork.
Not exactly. Please follow the instructions in the application packet carefully so all documents required from the student are properly submitted. We understand that reference letters and transcripts will arrive individually. The other materials should be sent in together. [top]
No, but you will be required to follow the background check procedure once you are accepted into the program and to complete it before you are allowed to enter the program. [top]
Can I take a combined anatomy and physiology course? What if only took a single combined anatomy/physiology course – do I have to take a second course to fulfill the requirement?
You may take a combined anatomy and physiology course; however, the course must be a minimum of 5 credit hours in order to fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirement. If the course does not meet the 5 credit hour minimum, an additional combined anatomy/physiology course (e.g. anatomy and physiology II) or a separate physiology course is required. [top]
Students may still be enrolled in prerequisite course work during the application period. All prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program. Students with more than 6 credit hours of prerequisite course work remaining by the summer prior to the fall semester start may not be eligible for admission. [top]
I have a bachelor’s degree in another field and now I want to get into health hnformation management. What do I have to do to reach this career goal?
First you need to decide whether you want to pursue another Bachelor’s degree, an Associate’s degree, or build on your education with a Master’s degree. You may want to visit our national association’s website, AHIMA (http://www.ahima.org) to explore your options. Note, a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in HIM will allow you to sit for the RHIA exam and an Associate’s degree in HIT will allow you to sit for the RHIT exam. A list of accredited programs may be found on CAHIIM’s website (http://www.cahiim.org). [top]
I already have a degree from a non-U.S. university and I want to seek admission to the program at KU. What steps do I need to take?
Yes, we encourage students to try to obtain employment in the HIM field. Since the course loads are somewhat heavy, we advise students to only work part-time approximately 20 hours a week. [top]
It is not common, but in special cases it may be possible for a student to take an HIM course but not enter the degree program. The instructor of the specific course makes a decision on a case-by-case basis.
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Housing ads are posted on this website. [top]
Student service departments include: the Registrar's Office, Student Health Services, Student Counseling and Educational Support Services, Student Financial Aid, Student Resources, Wellness, and Diversity, Kirmayer Fitness Center, and the Student Administration System. [top]
You may park in either parking garage. Just be sure to bring in your parking ticket so it may be validated. Both parking garages are several building aways from the department's offices and classrooms located in Taylor Building. The only public access available without a security card is found by entering the School of Nursing building (first floor) and continuing to Taylor building's elevator (note: upon entering Taylor, the current floor becomes "2"). Use the elevator to drop to the first floor. [top]
KU Medical Center is centrally located in the greater Kansas City metro area and easily accessible from I-35 and I-70. The campus resides at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard: driving directions. [top]
What on-campus housing options are available for students?
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus: see Student Housing for information.
Is the background check required when applying to the program?
No, not during the application process, but students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before entering the program.
I already have a degree, but it's not from a U.S. college or university. What steps do I need to take?
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see our information for international students page for more details about this procedure.
I need driving directions.
KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City and easily accessible from I-35. The campus resides at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. See: KU Medical Center maps, parking and directions. The main campus of KU is located in Lawrence, Kan. along Interstate 70. See: KU-Lawrence maps, parking and directions.