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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 after completing this program.

The courses listed below will count toward the required number of hours.

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

Current KU students on the Lawrence campus should sign up to be included on the pre-health information management track. This is not the same as a major. Please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center 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 study in the health information management program at KU Medical Center.

Read more: KU Core checklist for health information management students PDF document

Prerequisite Courses

The KU course numbers below are provided as a guide. Equivalent courses from other institutions may be eligible to fulfill these requirements.

No grade lower than a C is accepted in any prerequisite course.

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

Biological Sciences Credits
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
MATH 365 Elementary Statistics 3
ACCT 200 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 4 4
or ACCT 205 Survey of Accounting
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
Oral Communication
COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication 3
PHIL 148 Reason and Argument * 3
PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics 3
HUM 204 Western Civilization I (or other culture and diversity elective) 5 3
Social Sciences
PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
SOC 104 Elements of Sociology 3
Health Care
HEIM 210 Introduction to Health Care * 1
HEIM 230 Medical Terminology 3
BLAW Legal Aspects of Business * 3
IST202 Intro to Information Systems * 3
or IST205 Survey of Information Systems *

* Courses marked with an asterisk are recommended for applicants starting the program fall 2021.
These courses will be required for applicants starting the program fall 2022.


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.

Recommended Courses

Students needing additional credit hours should consider taking the following recommended courses.

Classes needed to finish KU's minor in business:

  • MKTG 305 Survey of Marketing or MKTG310 Marketing
  • FIN305 Survey of Finance or FIN310 Finance
  • SCM305 Survey of Decision Making in Business or SCM310 Management Science and Operations Management

Additional courses recommended for students interested in health information management:

  • BUS 305 Business Writing (meets requirement for ENGL 102)
  • COMS 330 Effective Business Communication
  • ENGL 362 Technical Writing
  • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values

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

Last modified: Oct 27, 2020

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 contact Robin Merritt at the KU Undergraduate Advising Center or visit third floor Summerfield Hall.