Students enter KU's health information management program after accumulating two (2) years of college course work of at least 60 hours to qualify for KU graduation with a total of 120 hours. The courses listed below must be included as part of the total. The KU course numbers are provided as a guide. No grade lower than a C is accepted in any prerequisite course.

Students may still apply if currently enrolled or working towards prerequisite course work. However, all prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program.

KU Students: Students on the Lawrence campus should declare pre-health information management as their major. Please contact Robin Merritt, academic advisor for the School of Health Professions for assistance. To verify the status of prerequisite completion, students should access the Degree Progress Report through the KYOU portal.

KU Core: Prerequisite classes for health information management, and how they meet the KU Core requirements, are listed below. As courses are constantly being evaluated and approved for inclusion in the KU Core Curriculum, please check for the most up to date course listings which meet each goal. Some KU Core goals will be fulfilled through courses taken during the last two years of the health information management program at KU Medical Center. See: KU Core checklist for HIM students PDF document

University of Kansas course numbers are noted in parentheses. Equivalent courses from other institutions may be accepted pending transcript evaluation.

Required Course (credit hours)
Updated Nov. 2014, applies to Fall 2015 entry

Recommended KU
Course Number

Biological Sciences (9+ hrs)

Natural Sciences (3+)*

KU Core goal 3

Human Anatomy (3)**

BIOL 240

Human Physiology (3)**

BIOL 246

Mathematics (6+ hrs)

Statistics (3)**

MATH 365

Financial Accounting or Survey of Accounting (3+)**

ACCT 200 or 205

English (6 hrs)

Composition (3)

ENGL 101

Critical Reading & Writing (3)

ENGL 102

Oral Communication (3 hrs)

Speaker-Audience Communication (3)

COMS 130

Humanities (6 hrs)

Introduction to Ethics (3)

PHIL 160

Culture & Diversity (3)*

KU Core goal 4.2

Social Sciences (6 hrs)

General Psychology (3)

PSYC 104

Elements of Sociology (3)

SOC 104

Other Required Courses (9 hrs)

Introduction to Information Systems (3)

IST 202 or IST 205

Medical Terminology (3)

HEIM 230

Legal Aspects of Business (3)

BLAW 301

* Course must meet the specific KU Core requirement
** Course may require college algebra or biology prerequisite

Please direct questions about course requirements to a health information management program adviser.

Last modified: Mar 30, 2016

KU Core Requirements

All incoming KU freshmen are required to fulfill the KU Core requirements. The purpose of the KU Core is to establish a University-wide general curriculum for all baccalaureate degrees that meets six primary educational goals. The curriculum provided here has been updated to meet the KU Core requirements for fall 2016.


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.