Health Information Administration
Stephens was the first college in the nation to offer a distance-learning program for health information administration professionals, and we’re still the innovators today.
Now, we are in our fifth decade of serving women and men in all 50 states as they pursue careers in the rapidly growing health administration field.
Ideal for working professionals, our Health Information Administration program is delivered 100% online and always focused on you as an individual. That's why there’s no better place to pursue your HIA degree.
We understand what you need to be successful ... from online courses and CAHIIM accreditation to internship opportunities and practical, real-world experience.
- Excellent exam pass rate
- Internship component expands career potential
- Committed faculty support
- Affordable tuition and financial aid opportunities
- Classes starting in January, June and August (rolling admission)
Virtual Open House
Program directors Dr. Susan Foster and Margaret Ledda hosted a virtual open house on Jan. 6, 2020, to discuss how the Health Information Administration and Health Information Management programs can impact your career. Admissions counselor Toya Winn answered questions about the application and enrollment process.
High-Demand Career Path
Career professionals with registered health information administrator (RHIA) credentials are in high demand today. Hospitals, clinics and other health-related agencies are looking for qualified HIA professionals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, growth in this field is expected to outpace that of many other industries. And Stephens College has the curriculum and commitment to position you for success.
Working for a healthcare facility, the government, or a third-party provider, career paths may include quality assurance, compliance, legal/privacy, health records management, consulting or auditing. The right credentials and experience can lead to management and supervisory positions with excellent growth potential.
What is Health Information Management?
Our faculty and advisers are ready to talk to you about your career goals, and to help you find the path that’s right for you.
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration
120 credit hours. No prior degree required. 100% of coursework is online.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration
69 credit hours. For students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in any field.
Stephens is recognized for its commitment to being a transfer-friendly college. We work one-on-one with transfer students to evaluate credits, ensuring students are able to transfer the maximum credit hours.
Working with the academic adviser in consultation with the HIA program director, students plan a degree program around their professional and personal commitments.
The degree requires completion of 69 specified semester hours in HIA coursework, 30 semester hours of specified general education courses, and 21 semester hours of electives.
Foundation courses include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, coding and healthcare statistics.
Core courses include information systems, principles of healthcare management, legal and ethical issues, and internship.
Stephens has a long tradition of providing a solid HIA education that delivers a comprehensive understanding of business administration, healthcare systems, and medical and ethical requirements so students get the credentials they need (and conveniently, too). We’re proud of our long-standing excellent exam pass rate, and our faculty are members of AHIMA and active in the industry.
As reported through the CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Report, for the year 2015-16, Stephens had a total of 111 students enrolled in the HIA program. Thirty-one graduates were surveyed. Of those that responded, 20 were working in healthcare, two in non-healthcare positions and eight in higher education within one year of completing the program.
The Health Information Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).