Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration

Director of Health Care Business
Carla Dirkschneider, M.S., RHIA
PH 402.552.6295  TF 800.647.5500 
dirkschneider@clarksoncollege.edu            

Introduction

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration is designed for students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree but would like to pursue the field of health information administration and earn the RHIA certification. This certificate is designed to develop the knowledge, leadership and critical-thinking skills for individuals to become successful in the health information management field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration, graduates will:

  • Ascertain the entry-level competencies of AHIMA’s domains and sub-domains for a Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA).
  • Practice awareness of cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle differences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of written and verbal communication skills necessary for the HIM environment.
  • Apply and use the appropriate technology and decision support tools in order to succeed in the HIM setting.
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional and legal standards of conduct appropriate for the environment of HIM.

Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 73 semester hours. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  • Support Courses = 12 semester hours
  • Business Major Core Courses = 18 semester hours
  • Health Information Major Courses = 43 semester hours

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required courses for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration Program

View course descriptions for Health Care Business Program or General Education

Support Courses (12 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 204 Advanced Computer Applications 3
GEN 105 Medical Terminology 1
HM 224 Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
HM 324 Disease Process 4
    Total 12
Business Major Core Courses (18 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 306 Principles of Management 3
BU 320 Human Resource Management 3
BU 344 Business Finance 3
BU 371 Organizational Behavior 3
BU 425 Project Management 3
BU 442 Strategic Planning 3
    Total 18
Health Information Administration Major Courses (43 semester hours) Semester Hours
HM 163 Introduction to Health Information Management 2
HM 164 Health Information Management Applications 3
HM 230 Coding I 3
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HM 266 Health Care Statistics 2
HM 280 Electronic Health Record 2
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
HM 331 Coding II 3
HM 332 Coding III 3
HM 342 Health Care Information Systems 3
BU 344 Legal and Compliance Issues 3
HM 367 ◊ Professional Practice Experience 3
HM 410 Quality Management and Process Improvement 3
HM 440 Database Design and Management 3
BU 443 Advanced Health Care Information Systems 3
HM 477 Health Information Administration Assessment 1
    Total 43

Total Semester Hours in Program 73

Sample curriculum plan for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificare in Health Information Adminstration Program

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
GEN 105 Medical Terminology 1
HM 163 Introduction to HIM 2
BU 204 Advanced Computer Applications 3
HM 224 Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
    Total 10
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HM 164 Health Information Management Applications 3
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HM 324 Disease Process 4
BU 342 Health Care Information Systems 3
    Total 13
Summer Semester Semester Hours
HM 280 Electronic Health Record 2
BU 306 Principles of Management 3
BU 371 Organizational Behavior 3
    Total 8

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
BU 442 Strategic Planning 3
HM 410 Quality Management and Process Improvement 3
BU 344 Business Finance 3
HM 440 Database Design and Management 3
    Total 12
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HM 230 Coding I 3
HM 344 Legal and Compliance Issues 3
BU 320 Human Resources 3
HM 443 Advanced Health Care Information Systems 3
    Total 12
Summer Semester Semester Hours
HM 266 Health Care Statistics 2
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
HM 331 Coding II 2
HM 367 ◊ Professional Practice Experience 3
    Total 11

Junior Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
HM 332 Coding III 3
BU 425 Project Management 3
HM 477 Health Information Administration Assessment 1
    Total 7

Grand Total Semester Hours 73