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RHIT- HIM Online Sequence

Since 1973, Illinois State University has awarded bachelor of science degrees in Health Information Management to our on-campus students. Beginning in the fall semester of 2010, the Health Information Management Program expanded its HIM degree sequences to include the RHIT-HIM Online Sequence.

Program Design

The HIM sequence is designed for those who have a current RHIT certification and are graduates of an accredited college program in Health Information Technology. The RHIT certification must be maintained throughout the student’s enrollment in the program.  

If you answer "yes" to the following questions, ISU's RHIT-HIM Online Sequence may be the program for you.

  1. Do you have an associate degree in Health Information or an Applied Associates Degree in Health Information Technology with the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum?
  2. Do you have a current RHIT certification?
  3. Do you want to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Health Information Management but can't come to campus?
  4. Do you want the RHIA certification?
  5. Do you want to obtain an online degree in the comfort of your own home?
  6. Do you have reliable Internet access for downloading readings and assignments that might include audio and video?

The program is a 33 credit hour health information management sequence designed for the distance learning environment with no on-campus attendance required. It is designed specifically for students with an associates degree in health information technology and who have their Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential, the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Illinois State University without duplicating previous professional coursework. 

The program awards 33 hours “Proficiency Credit” for students who have demonstrated their HIM competencies through maintaining their RHIT credentials – awarded after completion of 18 hours sequence coursework.


To be admitted to the RHIT-HIM Online Sequence, a student must:

  1. Be admitted to Illinois State University
  2. Hold an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Health Information Technology
  3. Hold a current Registered Health Information Technician credential


After completing three sequential courses: 326, 327, 328, 329, or 330 with grades of C or higher, 33 credit hours from the student’s HIT Associate Degree will be awarded as proficiency credit toward the Bachelor Degree hours requirements. Proficiency credit is awarded for the equivalents to the following ISU courses:

  • HSC 105 Medical Terminology (3 hrs.)
  • KNR 181 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 hrs.)
  • KNR 182 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 201 Pathophysiology I (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 202 Pathophysiology II (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 204 Health Data Analysis (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 210 Introduction to Health Information Management (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 212 Introduction to Medical Coding (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 213 Hospital Inpatient Coding and Reimbursement (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 230 Legal Aspects of Health Information and Risk Management (3 hrs.)
  • HSC 298.03 Professional Practice – Clinical (3 hrs.)

All students must complete the Bachelor Degree graduation requirements including hours requirements, General Education, and Global Studies.  All courses in HIM must be completed with grades of C or higher.  HSC 398.03 may be taken in the same term with the last course in the program.

Sample Plan of Study

(May vary by term)

Fall I

HSC 326 – Healthcare Financial Management and Reimbursement Processes (6)

Spring I

HSC 327 – Healthcare Quality Management, Law, and Risk Management (6)

Summer I

HSC 328 – Planning, Implementing, and Management of Health Information Systems (6)

**Release of Proficiency credit, if grades of C or better earned in three sequential 

Fall II

HSC 329 – Management for the Health Information Administrator (6)

Spring II

HSC 330 – Health Data Analysis for Decision Making (6)

Summer II

HSC 398.03 – Professional Practice – Management (3)


Jennifer Peterson, MS, RHIA, CTR
Program Director
Assistant Professor
Health Information Management Program
(309) 438-7236

Anjie Almeda
Academic Advisor
Department of Health Sciences
(309) 438-5353

2018-08-13T14:53:27.867-05:00 2018