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.
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 H.I.A. 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)
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 H.I.A. 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.
Working with the academic adviser in consultation with the H.I.A. program director, students plan a degree program around their professional and personal commitments.
The degree requires the completion of 69 specified semester hours in H.I.A. 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 health care statistics.
Core courses include information systems, principles of health care management, legal and ethical issues, and internships.
Based on the 2020-2021 Curriculum Catalog
Curriculum: Health Information Administration (H.I.A.)
Elective Courses: 20 credits
General Education Courses: 30 credits
Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD): 8 Non-Credit Classes
Major courses: 69 credits
Required: 69 credits
BIO 247 Anatomy & Physiology I, 3 credits
BIO 248 Anatomy & Physiology II, 3 credits
CIS 206 Introduction to Information Systems, 3 credits
HIA 200 Introduction to Health Information Administration, 3 credits
HIA 210 Comparative Health Record and Information Systems, 3 credits
HIA 250 Healthcare Statistics, 3 credits
HIA 255 Medical Terminology, 3 credits
HIA 275 Clinical Applications of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology, 3 credits
HIA 281 Medical Coding I (ICD-10-CM), 3 credits
HIA 285 Medical Coding II (CPT/HCPCS), 3 credits
HIA 306 Organizational Management and Human Resources in Healthcare, 3 credits
HIA 330 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information Administration, 3 credits
HIA 347 Management of Clinical Classification and Reimbursement Systems, 3 credits
HIA 351 Health Information Systems, 3 credits
HIA 366 Healthcare Quality Management and Performance I, 3 credits
HIA 375 Electronic Health Record Systems, 3 credits
HIA 405 Principles of Healthcare Finance, 3 credits
HIA 410 Applied Health Informatics, 3 credits
HIA 420 Analysis of Health Data, 3 credits
HIA 425 Management of Health Information Centers, 3 credits
HIA 450 Internship in Health Information Administration, 3 credits
HIA 491 Seminar in Health Information Administration, 3 credits
HIA 492 Capstone in Health Information Administration, 3 credits
Stephens has a long tradition of providing a solid H.I.A. 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%
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.
Step 1: Complete the online application, including uploading your resume and unofficial transcripts.
Step 2: Have your previous institution(s) send us your official transcripts by email. OR Mail your official transcripts to:
Stephens College Office of Admissions
1200 E. Broadway, Campus Box 2121
Columbia, MO 65215
Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be used for application; however, students must submit all official transcripts within the first semester of classes to continue the program. If you have less than 24 college credit hours earned, please submit your high school transcript, GED/HiSET score, or home school transcripts. To be deemed official, transcripts must be sent to Stephens College directly from your institution. If your past institution can submit electronic transcripts. A transcript submitted from a student will NOT be deemed official unless it arrives at Stephens College in a sealed envelope with the institution’s stamp across the flap.
Minimum GPA Requirement
High school or college transfer GPA of 2.0 or higher
HIA transfer course GPA of 2.5 or higher
Preliminary Degree Plan completed by program director after online application and all transcripts are received.
A copy of the completed Preliminary Degree Plan will be emailed to the admissions counselor and student upon completion within five business days.
The admissions counselor will make a decision.
Upon acceptance, students must complete these steps before registering for classes. First, review the computer technology requirements for online students.
Both of the following steps will be received via the student’s personal email address; make sure to check spam/junk mail.
Complete Proctor U ID verification (must have a valid picture ID and webcam for completion)
Complete the Intent to Enroll form.
The student will then receive an email from the registrar’s office with instructions on how to register for classes.
IT Process for Enrolled Students
Once new students are processed they are sent an email with the following information to their personal email account:
All bills are due one week before classes begin.
Tuition + Aid
The Stephens College Office of Financial Aid is well-versed in working with students in the H.I.A. program on their affordability needs. Every student’s situation is different and we are happy to consult with you on your unique situation.
MoHIMA Spring Scholarship
The Missouri Health Information Management Association (MoHIMA) offers annual spring scholarship opportunities to students who are currently enrolled at Stephens College in the BS-HIA or MS-HIM program and who are AHIMA/MoHIMA members.
AHIMA Foundation Merit Scholarships
The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to outstanding HIM professionals who are currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree in an academic area related to health information. AHIMA Foundation also offers scholarship opportunities to veterans pursuing an education in health information.
Federal Financial Aid
You may qualify for the same kinds of federal financial aid and loans used by traditional in-seat undergraduate students. Note, however, that if you have already taken advantage of these programs in the past, your aid may be limited. The choice of pursuing your H.I.A. degree as a part- or full-time student will also impact your financial aid package.
How to Apply
To determine the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive, please submit your FAFSA (Stephens Code: 002512).
You may check federal loan eligibility. The National Student Loan Data System has information about your federal student loans. (Students seeking the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate are not eligible to use any federal funding; however, these students may seek private loans).
Should I Apply for Financial Aid?
Although you don’t have to be accepted at Stephens College before applying for financial aid, you do have to be admitted to Stephens before any financial aid can be awarded. You will be required to file a FAFSA each year you are a student at Stephens in order to reapply for financial aid.
Even if you are certain you won’t qualify for need-based assistance, it’s a good idea to file the FAFSA so that you may be able to qualify for aid if your financial situation changes.
Financial Aid Checklist
To receive a financial aid package, a student must:
Have a current FAFSA on file
Be in Ready to Package (RP) status (complete verification if needed or turn in any missing documents)
Once all documents are received, we will package and send an award letter via email.