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HIM Sample Plan of Study

Online Degree Completion


Transfer students with an associate's degree in HIT from a participating community college should plan on completing years 2 years of study (+2 program). However, your actual plan of study will depend on the transferred courses and semester credit hours. Consult an academic adviser to determine your actual plan of study.

For a list of prerequisites required for transfer, review the 4-year plan of study.

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Course Title: Description Hours
HIM 2300 Healthcare Resources, Payers, And Consumers: Introduction to roles of professionals in meeting standards of regulatory agencies and voluntary organizations in healthcare delivery systems. Data collection, quality, access, retention, technology and impact on healthcare financing. 3
HIM 2310 Acute Care Clinical Classification Systems And Services: Principles of coding diseases, conditions and procedures with the International Classification of Disease System. Practice in the assignment of codes using both computerized and manual methods. 3
HIM 2230 Healthcare Documentation Requirements: Inpatient and ambulatory health care data requirements will be identified and analyzed, including collection, analysis and implementation. Form design and screen design will be developed and reviewed. 3
COMM 3810 or COMM 3880 Group Communication: Theory and practice of group communication variables and processes with an emphasis on problem-solving approaches.OR
Professional Business Communication: Developing oral and written business communication skills through practice in public speaking, interviewing, resume writing, and communication in various formats.
BUAD 3030 or BMGT 2030 Managerial And Behavioral Processes In Organizations: Introduction to managerial and organizational concepts designed to develop knowledge, attitudes, techniques and skills in creating and managing innovative, adaptive organizations. Interactive exercises, videos, cases, discussions and lectures will be used. OR
Explores the role of first-line managers in organizations with special emphasis on the responsibilities of supervisors. These responsibilities include delegation, communication, problem-solving, training and leading.
Year 1 - Spring Semester
HIM 2320 Ambulatory Clinical Classifications Systems And Services: Principles of coding with the HCPCS classification system. Practice in the assignment of codes using both computerized and manual methods. 3
HIM 3240 Health Information Administration Practices: Theory and principles related to facilities, organizations and agencies in healthcare. Focus on HIM strategic planning, departmental responsibilities, marketing, training and development, privacy and security, compliance, and research and epidemiology. 3
BUAD 3050 or CNET 2150 Information Technology Management: The role of computers and information systems in business decision-making will be carefully examined. The student is expected to develop computer-based applications for business decision making and problem solving through the use of state of the art software, including advanced spreadsheets, database and web design tools. OR
Computer Hardware:
Knowledge of computer hardware for the purpose of acquisition, installation and maintenance at the equipment level. The curriculum is aligned with the A+ certification standards.
INFS 3250, or CMPT 2460 and CMPT 1420 Software Applications In Business: This course is designed to acquaint students with the application of integrated software to business decisions, report writing and presentations. Student will gain hands-on experience with popular business software packages. (3 hrs.) OR
Advanced Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet: Students will learn intermediate and advanced functions of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets in order to utilize them effectively in workplace situations. (2 hrs.) AND Microsoft Access Database Applications: Hands-on analysis of the use of Access in solving workplace problems with an emphasis on the entering, updating, manipulating, storing and retrieving of information. (2 hrs.)
HCAR 4360 Quality Improvement In Health Care: Purpose and philosophy of quality assessment and system design. Selection/application of tools for data collection, analysis and problem resolution. Incorporates requirements of Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. 3
Year 1 - Summer Semester
HIM 3940 Healthcare Content and Record Management: Generalized health information administrative duties in regards to staffing, managing, record release, storage and retrieval, coding, abstracting, utilization management, quality improvement, computer applications in health information practice. 4
Year 2 - Fall Semester
HIM 2350 Reimbursement Methodologies And Compliance: DRGs, APCs, RBRVs and reimbursement methods used by federal, state and private insurance. Compliance issues and case mix reviewed. Processes explored for providing and improving healthcare cost containment and quality. 2
HIM 4210 Healthcare Statistics, Registries, Research: Various procedures specific to health information practice will be addressed including medical information, calculation and interpretation of health care statistics, tumor registry and health care records. 4
HIM 4220 Project Management In Healthcare: This course provides an integrated approach to management of diverse projects encountered in acute care and ambulatory healthcare facilities. Software is utilized to simulate actual project management planning and development. 3
HIM 2260 Legal And Ethical Issues In Healthcare Services: Medico-legal practice and professional ethics in healthcare. Overview of the legal system, identification of medico-legal topics, and related ethical concerns. Hardcopy and electronic health record legal issues examined in detail. 2
INFS 3370
or CNET 2200
Business Data Communications: An introduction to data communications in business. Topics include local-area and wide-area networks, including the Internet; hardware and media; network topologies; client-server networks; and network operating system software. (3 hrs.) OR
Network Technologies: Examines the network technologies utilize in today's networks. Emphasis is placed on understanding hardware and software concepts and protocols referred to in technical publications and advanced network studies. (4 hrs.)
ELECTIVE Students consult with their adviser to select a course that meets the student's interest and the program requirements. 3
Year 2 - Spring Semester
HIM 4910 Integrative Capstone Experience: Course consists of demonstrating proficiencies and competencies in HIM core course through project assignments. 3
HIM 4940 Professional Practice Experience: Specialized administrative assignment within health information management in a facility, agency or organization. Students submit a major project for the site and members of the related HIM community of practice. 4
HCAR 4500 Health Care Informatics: Case study approach to application and evaluation of health care-related information systems. Includes different information systems used in health care organizations. Basic systems concepts and interrelation between departments and entire organizations. 4
ELECTIVE Students consult with their adviser to select a course that meets the student's interest and the program requirements. 3
Total 65-67

NOTE 1: *Since associate degree HIM/HIT programs vary by community college, the following program of study is an example only. Actual Bachelor of Science degree completion programs will be determined by the student's completed associate degree program and equivalencies granted. Students will need to contact UT's HIM advisor to determine courses needed in order to complete the bachelor degree program. For an unofficial evaluation of your transfer credits via Transferology.

NOTE 2: *The deadline for HIA transfer students is four weeks before the start of desired semester. At that time, all official university paperwork (application, transcripts, etc.) must be completed and sent to their respective college offices. Once the paperwork is completed, university personnel will use the time to properly and thoroughly evaluate your transfer credit. Also, it is strongly recommended that you obtain and keep course catalogs and course descriptions for credits taken at your transfer school(s) in case the program changes and we cannot correlate your coursework with the current catalog of your transfer institution. If you have any questions regarding this deadline, please call the College of Health and Human Services Advisement Office at 419.530.5360 (toll free 866-886-5336 and ask to be transferred to 5360).

Program requirements are subject to change, review the University catalog or contact your academic adviser for up-to-date information.

Out-of-state scholarship funding is available.


The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and is authorized to offer degrees online. The program has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

For more information please contact: 

Online Admission Representative: 855.327.5695

To speak with the HIA/CHIA adviser, call 419.530.5360 for an appointment.

Will my courses transfer? Check Out Transferology

Transferology is a Web-based transfer information system. In Transferology you can add the coursework you've taken (including some exams and military learning experiences) and find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the nation-wide Transferology network.

Last Updated: 6/9/16