Health Information Administration Bachelor's Degree Overview
The health information administration program (HIA) at The University of Toledo in Ohio blends medicine, management, finance, information technology and law. You can earn a health information administration degree at UT on campus or completely online.
The health care industry relies on health information administrators for their expertise in legally and accurately collecting, documenting, storing and sharing records.
UToledo graduates in health information administration are highly marketable. As the industry grows more complicated HIA jobs are rising faster than the national average.
Health Information Administration Bachelor's Degree Highlights
Options. Already have an associate’s degree in health information technology? You can earn your HIA bachelor’s degree with about two years of full-time coursework. If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another area, you can enter UT’s Certificate in Health Information Administration program. Both undergraduate programs align with and prepare you for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.
Strong job prospects. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that jobs for health information specialists will increase by more than 50,000 new positions in the next decade. More than half of new HIA graduates with a bachelor's degree find jobs with salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 range.
Online classes. UToledo’s HIA classes are offered only online. (UT’s online HIA program has been lauded as one of the country’s best.) Other courses and electives can be completed on campus.
Good prep for the RHIA certification exam. UToledo undergraduate students in their final semester of the HIA program can qualify to test early for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification. This credential enhances your marketability in the competitive healthcare industry. Employers may pay more if you have it.
Accreditation. UToledo's HIA online degree program and certificate program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The majority of HIA courses are certified by Quality Matters, which monitors the quality of online courses.
UT Virtual Labs. Labs and virtual computers on UToledo's campus are available 24/7. HIA students use software exclusive to UT's health information administration program.
Get professional practice experience.
- Hands-on projects in class
- A senior capstone project
- A 15-week required work experience at a healthcare facility
Demand for health information specialists is expected to increase by more than 50,000 new positions over the next decade (source: U.S. Department of Labor).
Sample Jobs in Health Information Administration
- Cancer information specialist
- Case management director
- Compliance analyst
- Data integrity manager
Where do Health Information Administrators Work?
- Physician group practices
- Long-term care facilities
- Healthcare consulting companies
- Information technology corporations
- Federal, state and local government health care agencies
"Initially, I enrolled in the CHIA for personal enrichment. The more courses I completed, the more appealing I found health information administration. For my professional practical experience, I was very fortunate to collaborate with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio in creation of their Information Security Policy. This was an incredibly rewarding experience, and I was very proud to be associated with an organization that helps so many people and is dedicated to enhancing the health status of the citizens of northwest Ohio."
Mary Gorman, RHIA, CHDA
SQL Data Quality Specialist, Burns Consulting Associates, Inc.
Health Information Administration Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
UT’s curriculum in health information administration offers valuable classroom as well as practical work experiences. Undergraduate students sometimes add on a minor in business or communications.
Health Information Administration Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
- Medical Linguistics in Ancillary Services
- Compliance and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
- Healthcare Statistics, Registry, Research
- Professional Practice Experience (PPE)
- Healthcare Informatics