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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

Prerequisite Course List

To verify the status of prerequisite completion, students should access the Degree Progress Report through the KYOU portal.

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

Biological Sciences (9)
BIOL 100 Principles of Biology (or other natural sciences course) 1 3
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 2 3
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3 3
Mathematics (6-7)
MATH 365 Elementary Statistics 3
ACCT 200 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 4 3-4
or ACCT 205 Survey of Accounting
English (6)
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
Oral Communication (3)
COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication 3
Humanities (6)
PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics 3
HUM 204 Western Civilization I (or other culture and diversity elective) 5 3
Social Sciences (6)
PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
SOC 104 Elements of Sociology 3
Other required courses (3)
HEIM 230 Medical Terminology 3
Total Hours 39-40



Students may choose any elective fulfilling the KU Core Goal 3, Natural Sciences.


BIOL 241 or BIOL 242 are lab courses for BIOL 240 and are recommended but not required.


BIOL 247 is the lab course for BIOL 246 and is recommended but not required.


KU requires students to take MATH 101 before taking ACCT 200; transfer students may not need to complete a MATH 101 equivalent if it is not required for the required accounting course.


Students may choose any elective fulfilling the KU Core Goal 4, Learning Outcome 2.

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

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

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.