Bachelor of Science Health Information Management
The Health Information Manager is a member of the health care team and is the professional responsible for management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements. Health information professionals collect, analyze and utilize data to provide information critical to the health care industry. A Registered Record Administrator (RHIA) collects many kinds of data from a variety of sources, monitors the integrity of the information, ensures appropriate access to health records and manages the analysis and use of this data.
Traditionally, Health Information professionals have been employed as department managers in hospital centers. In this positions, the major areas of responsibility include: determining health information policies; planning; budgeting; acting as a liaison with other departments; evaluating employee performance; educating departmental staff, medical staff and ancillary departments to assure quality information; and serving on important committees such as quality management and utilization review.
Career opportunities in health information now extend well beyond the health information department and the acute care facility. Professionals with technical expertise, problem solving skills, knowledge of clinical medicine and superior communication skills are needed to ensure quality health care documentation, protecting patient confidentiality and develop and maintain the electronic health record. The need for accurate and up-to-date health records is not confined to health care facilities. RHIAs are employed by managed care organizations, insurance companies, law firms, physician offices, consulting firms, software companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
General Education Requirements for the HIM program include 59-70 credits of courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Health, Concentration Courses and free electives to be completed at an affiliate institution.
The HIM program is a joint degree program between Rutgers School of Health Related Professions and several affiliate colleges/universities. Entering first time freshman may select any affiliate to complete two years of pre-professional course work. Transfer students may apply to any affiliates for completion of their general education requirement who generally will transfer in up to half of their required courses*. Student holding an AS, AA, or higher degree may apply directly to SHRP. The undergraduate must have completed the core and breadth courses prior to continuing at Rutgers.
The professional component includes didactic, laboratory and professional practice experiences. Major course requirements include 61 credits in Health Information Management courses to be completed online at Rutgers. No more than one half of the major courses may be transferred into the HIM Program. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 and a major course GPA of 2.75 to remain in the program.
Health Information Management courses at Rutgers are taught online with the exception of two of ten electives. The professional practice experience (PPE) is required for graduation and must be scheduled during the daytime hours to allow adequate supervision at the PPE site. This Management Affiliation consists of 75 hours of practice on site at a contracted facility as well as 75 hours of online modular education.
Students are required to make the necessary arrangements at their places of employment and other commitments to be available for their professional practice experience as attendance is mandatory. Transportation to PPE sites is the responsibility of the student. In addition, all Rutgers-SHRP health requirements and immunizations must be completed prior to the experience. An increasing number of sites are also requesting drug screens and/or repeat criminal background checks.
The courses in the professional years are taught in sequence. Failure to complete course work in the proper sequence or earning less than a C will probably delay graduation. To continue in the professional curriculum a student must earn a grade of C or above in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) as well as a GPA of 2.75 in major courses. No HIM professional course may be repeated more than once and students may not be graded at a C or lower more for more than 4 courses.
*Transferring students with significant credits already completed may prefer Thomas Edison State College (TESC) as they will consider all except 12 credits for transfer. TESC students apply directly to Rutgers-SHRP.
Entering freshman must apply for admission through the affiliate's Department of Admissions. With the exception of admissions to Rutgers/TESC, transfer students (with less than 30 completed credits in general education) will apply to the affiliate insitution to complete all general education requirements. For those selecting TESC as the affiliate, the entire application process is completed at Rutgers-SHRP. (NOTE: TESC does not accept first time freshman. Applicants who select this affiliate must have completed 21 credits at the college level). Applicants already holding an AA or AS (not an AAA or AAS) may apply directly to Rutgers-SHRP and must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the Fall start date.
Prior to the start of the professional phase of the program at Rutgers, students are required to submit a formal application to the Rutgers-SHRP Enrollment Services. The application form, official transcripts and evidence of courses in progress, if applicable, for student admission to the program must be submitted by May 1st* immediately preceding the intended Fall semester enrollment. Full time students are only accepted for admission in the Fall semester with the application review process completed at the end of May.
Thomas Edison affiliate students and those transferring from Health Information Technology programs may be considered for admission to the Spring semester. The application deadline for Spring is October 15th, with applications being reviewed by November 15th. Applications for summer admission to TESC close on March 15th as there is insuffient time to get through the application process after this date in order to register for summer courses.
Following application review, each applicant may be scheduled for a personal interview prior to the decision for admission to the program.
Late admission to the program is at the discretion of the Program Director up until to start of classes. Students who are late admittances are required to submit all admissions documents prior to registration and to pay full tuition for the term of enrollment.
In addition to the general school admission requirements at Rutgers, the Health Information Management Program requires:
- Completion of all pre-professional requirements with a grade of C or above.
- An overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required to apply.
A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all courses identified as core prerequisites including the following: English Composition, Anatomy & Physiology, Computer Science requirement, Princ. of Management/Business Management. (A GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to this competitive program).
- Official transcripts of ALL previous college courses as well as an updated transcript from the affiliate institution. Students who have attended a foreign college or university are required to submit an official English Translation of the academic credits from the World Education Service as well as an official transcript from their college.
- Submission of essay stating why applicant has selected HIM as a program and/or profession.
NOTE: Applicants with GPA below 2.75 will not be considered for admission. No spaces will be held pending receipt of Spring semester grades. Applications considered after initial admission review are on a space available basis. Applicant with 2.75 are not guaranteed admission as the admission process is competitive for a limited number of spaces in the program.
Applications are for Fall admission. Applications for the Spring and Summer semesters are only reviewed for applicants who will be attending Thomas Edison State College in Spring and/or Summer** with the intention of completing all required courses by Fall and for transfers from other Health Information programs who have successfully completed the Fall courses.
* Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the class is full. Students who apply after the deadline and those who delay registration may have a reduced course load if required courses are full, extending the amount of time it will take to complete the program. Applications which are incomplete as of two weeks prior to the start of classes will not be admitted as it is not possible to complete the documentation process within this time frame.
** Applicants who intend to complete prerequisite course work at Thomas Edison State College must submit application and all required transcripts at least 10 weeks prior to anticipated start date of the TESC course(s) as the admission process must be complete prior to registration.
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