College of Health Sciences

CHIA Program of Study

The post-baccalaureate Certification in Health Information Administration (CHIA) program requires a total of 32 Credits as listed on the CHIA Program of Study.  Students enrolled in the eLearning CHIA certificate program at UT must complete a minimum of (50%) 16 credit hours at UT in order to graduate.  Upon completion of the certificate program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Health Information Administration is designed to prepare students with baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges/universities and who meet the University of Toledo admission requirements with the knowledge and skills necessary for administrative positions in the healthcare industry. Individuals interested in advancing in their current position, achieving a new career goal, or changing a career path will benefit from the HIA certificate program. Students who complete the certificate program will increase their potential for placement and/or promotion within a variety of healthcare settings.  For more detailed information about the CHIA program, visit the following link to Distance Learning.

Admission requires completion of Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Pathophysiology from an accredited university or college within the past 5 years. Labs are not required if not completed, these courses must be taken at UT before program core courses.

Prerequisites are required for two of the HIA courses - HIM 2210 Medical Linguistics requires Medical Terminology and HIM 4210 Statistics, Registries and Research requires a Statistical Math course. Students may choose to take these at UT or  transfer in equitable course credit from another college/university.

Please note that students without a strong history in health care should consider taking HIM 3200-995 Healthcare Resources, Payers, and Consumers as an elective and introductory course into the field.

Students lacking business or computer information management courses in their backgrounds should consider taking any of the following electives to improve your business and IT management knowledge level:

  • ACTG 2310-995 Financial Management in Healthcare
  • CNET 2150-995 Hardware Architecture and Management
  • CMPT 1420-995 Database Management Systems Applications
  • CMPT 1410-995 Electronic Spreadsheet Applications
  • CMPT 2460-995 Advanced Electronic Spreadsheet Applications [1410 prereq]
  • BUAD 3030-995 Managerial and Behavior Processes in Organizations
  • HCAR 4360-995 Quality Improvement in Healthcare


For more information on the difference between a Degree and Certificate program, please click here.


cahiim updateThe University of Toledo's Health Information Administration program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Last Updated: 6/9/16