Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Augusta University
Degree Level Bachelors
Total Credit Hours 60
Per Credit Hour Cost $295.47
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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration prepares graduates for careers in: health informatics and information management, electronic health records administration, risk management, healthcare data quality management and analytics, revenue cycle management, regulatory healthcare compliance, and healthcare systems vendor support. Graduates of the program possess skills that assist in the performance of health data exchange, aggregate healthcare data analytics, management of health information services, and healthcare privacy, security, and compliance. Each graduate is equipped with knowledge in areas such as: legal aspects of healthcare, healthcare reimbursement methodologies for revenue cycle management, applications of electronic health records (including healthcare data life cycle, data capture and maintenance, health informatics standards, health information exchange, content and structure of paper, hybrid, and electronic records), clinical quality management, human resources management and employee training and development, healthcare financial management, work design and process improvement, project management, strategic management and leading change, and ethical issues in healthcare and health informatics.

The program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students complete the program in two academic years; part-time students complete the program in three academic years. Each student cohort begins fall semester. There is no rolling admissions for this program. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration is a CAHIIM accredited program, so upon completion, each graduate is eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination.

Our graduates are eligible to sit for the AHIMA national registration examination. Passing this examination entitles one to use the designation Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) after their name.

Admissions Information

Completed Online Application

Application Fee: $55

GPA: Minimum GPA requirement is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and math/science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to admissions@augusta.edu.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students

References: Recommendations from two individuals are required. References should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant’s potential, as an undergraduate student in the field/program selected. Undergraduate reference forms and letters must be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide contact information for two individuals as references during the on line application process. Once the application is received by our office, each reference will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, XAP.

NOTE: Reference forms will be sent electronically to your selected individuals once your application has been received by the school (usually the following business day). Please be sure to allow enough time for reference forms to be sent AND returned. Applications submitted the last week of the application deadline may not allow enough time for this process.

Standardized Tests:

TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 79 internet-based.

The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who:

Complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and earn at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on the two courses, with neither grade below a "C"

Submit a score of at least 430 on the Verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I)

Take and pass both the Reading and Essay portions of the University System of Georgia’s Regents Exam

Submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at which English is the language of instruction

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to admissions@augusta.edu.

NOTE: While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

NOTE: Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

Completion of the following prerequisite course requirements: PREREQUSITES

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the department.

Wellness Requirement: All undergraduate transfer students, regardless of major, with less than 60 hours of transfer credit by the start of the program will be required to take WELL 1000: Wellness and two (2) activity courses. If a transfer student believes she/he has taken comparable coursework elsewhere and transfer credit is not awarded, the applicant may petition the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology to review and award potential credit. All undergraduate transfer students, regardless of major, with more than 60 hours of transfer credit are exempt from WELL 1000: Wellness and two (2) activity courses.

CPR and First Aid: You must have current CPR and First Aid certification cards before the start of the program. We do not accept certifications from online courses.

NOTE: We require that all students have BOTH of the following certifications from the American Heart Association:

CPR - BLS for Healthcare Providers

Heartsaver First Aid

NOTE: We will only accept the certifications listed above from the American Heart Association

If you would like information on the program listed above, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences website.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education