Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Where would we be if nobody stood between average people and the often confusing, even scary terminology of specialized medical fields? Every day, there's a new pharmaceutical on the market, a new surgical procedure invented, and a new diagnosis documented. As a result, the medical field is crying out for people to manage and organize the landslide of new information, and keep it connected to existing information.

The Health Information Administration* program offers preparation for a professional area of service in hospitals, clinics, and related health facilities and agencies. Graduates are prepared to serve as entry level health information administrators. The health information administrator is responsible for the management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements of the health care delivery system. The profession combines knowledge of health care systems and business administration.

The Health Information Administration (HIA) program is designed to provide flexibility for the student. It consists of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program plus two years of prescribed work. A progression policy has been developed to facilitate entry into the HIA Program. Students should consult their advisors for evaluation of possible credits earned through successful completion of the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam or previous work experience.

The Health Care Coding Certificate program prepares you to code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures. With it, you can enter the workforce immediately, or move on into DSU's A.S. in Health Information Technology and the B.S. in Health Information Administration.

Possible Job Titles:

  • Clinical Record Manager
  • Patient Data Services Manager
  • Health Information Services
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Clinical Coding Specialist
  • Coding Compliance Reviewer

Job Outlook:


cahiim accredited sealWhat are the benefits of a DSU Degree?

  • Class size/personal attention (Faculty-Student ratio):
    • Classes are limited to 25 per section.
  • Cool facts or interesting things about this major:
    • Includes supervised professional practice to give field experiences to the students.
    • Online courses allow distance students to interact with campus students.
    • We utilize an advisory board of professionals to provide input into our programs.
  • Faculty's unique experiences or certifications in this major:
    • Faculty are active in professional health information organizations.
    • Program director has been awarded Fellowship status in the American Health Information Management Association.
  • Integrated Technology:
    • Health information management specific software that is industry leader is incorporated into classes.
    • Courses are available via distance delivery utilizing webcasting videos, and other online resources.
  • What type of special opportunities can students take part in?
    • Scholarships specific to HIM are available from the American Health Information Management Association.
    • Active Health Information Management Club does social, community service, and other professional activities such as projects at healthcare facilities, professional meetings, tours of facilities.

Alumni Information:

  • There are several alumni working in the Avera Health System and Sanford Health System in Sioux Falls.
  • We also have distance alumni working at Mayo Health in Rochester, MN and other locations outside of South Dakota.

Read more about the course requirements for Health Information Administration, B.S. at DSU.

Last Updated: 6/26/13