Degree Level:
Bachelor of Science

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 fourth decade of serving women and men in all 50 states as they pursue careers in the rapidly growing health administration field.


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Program Features

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)


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.

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 health care 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?



Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

120 credit hours. No prior degree is 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.


Program Structure

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, 36 semester hours of specified general education courses, and 21 semester hours of electives.

Foundation courses include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, coding and health care statistics.

Core courses include information systems, principles of health care management, legal and ethical issues, and internship.

HIA Curriculum 2022-23


Stephens has a long tradition of providing a solid HIA education that delivers a comprehensive understanding of business administration, health care 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.

Student achievement/outcomes for the academic year fall 2019 to summer 2020:

  • Graduation rate: ​58.75%
  • Retention Rate: 74.8%
  • Employment rate: 87.5%
  • Certification exam pass rate: 66.67%


HIA Program Mission Statement

Engage HIA Student in an intellectually challenging, creative, and individualized curriculum and learning environment. Provide students with professional practice that will enhance their industry knowledge and career opportunities. Facilitate various leadership projects that will challenge students to grow as a Health Information Professional.  These initiatives will deliver students an ever-evolving HIA Program through growing its enrollment, certification exam pass rate, graduation rate and other key indicators by using a variety of promotional and growth strategies.




The Health Information Management accreditor of Stephens College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].

Ready to become a Health Information professional? Don’t wait to start your future.

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Health Information Administration

Susan M Heyde ,
HIA Program Director

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