Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Analytics (HIMA)

This Program:

  • reflects an education grounded in the Hallmarks of Benedictine Education
  • is faithful to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

You’ll benefit from this major if you:

  • enjoy helping and serving others
  • enjoy learning about Biology and Anatomy
  • are patient

The Healthcare Department prepares and educates students to function as health care professionals by integrating the discipline of nursing with foundational knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences.

With a Bachelor’s of Health Information Management and Analytics from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue the following careers:

  • Health Informaticist
  • Informatics Analyst
  • Health Information Manager
  • Data Specialist
  • Electronic Medical Records Specialist
  • Healthcare IT Project Manager
  • Application Analyst

The Abbey Difference:

The Health Information Management and Analytics (HIMA) program helps students develop the foundational knowledge and skills needed to transform, interpret, and administer healthcare data. It does so by grounding their course of study in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition and its moral framework so that they may develop a way to deliver healthcare that cherishes and builds the whole person. The HIMA program communicates to students the methods and skills of the discipline of health information management and analytics, while also preparing its graduates for service and ethical leadership in the healthcare community inspired and informed by the Benedictine Hallmarks, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Program Requirements:

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Must submit application to program with three relevant academic references
  • Must complete MA 151 OR MA 145, BU 265, HC 200 with a grade of C or higher, with no more than two attempts for each class.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for any prior collegiate level course work.
  • Criminal Background check, drug screen, immunizations up to date via Student Liaison/Compliance Specialist (student cost). Software such as Castlebranch required for exclusion monitoring per national requirements for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS).
  • Technical standards for admission (visual and hearing requirements)

Program Course Requirements:

Freshman Year, Fall Semester

  • FS 101: First Year Symposium
  • BI 108 & 108L: Anatomy & Physiology I, Lab
  • MA 151 College Algebra OR MA 145 Finite Math
  • SO 201 Intro to Sociology
  • Fine Arts Core Requirement

Freshman Year, Spring Semester

  • RH 104 Rhetoric, Logic, Grammar and Writing
  • TH 105 Intro to Scripture
  • CH 103 Chemistry
  • BI 110, 110L Anatomy & Physiology, Lab

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

  • HI 101 Western Civilization I
  • TH 205 Intro to Theology
  • EN 211 Literary Classics I
  • PO 211 OR PH 200W
  • BU 265 Spreadsheets & Databases

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

  • HI 102: Western Civilization II
  • EN 212: Literary Classics II
  • Philosophy Core Requirement
    • PO 212 OR one of the following: PH 202, PH 301, PH 305, PH 310 or PH 314
  • PO 201 US Constitution
  • HC 200 Medical Terminology

Junior Year, Fall Semester

  • MA 208 OR PC 300 Statistics for Psychology
  • HC 300 Medical Coding and Classification Systems
  • CS 220 Intro to Information Systems
  • HC 201 Healthcare Informatics
  • HC 305 Healthcare Financial Management & Reimbursement Systems

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • NU 204 Pharmacology/Pharmicokenetics
  • HC 301 Medical Coding and Reimbursement Systems
  • HC 303 Health Data Structures and Management
  • HC 412 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Data
  • HC 320 Principles of Healthcare Information Management

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • HC 420 Management and Business Practices
  • TH 332 Catholic Bioethics
  • HC 425 Quality Measurement & Evaluation for Healthcare
  • HC 302W Research for Healthcare Practice

Senior Year, Spring Semester

  • HC 405 Healthcare Data Analytics
  • BU 404 Human Resources Management
  • HC 450 Internship Health Information Management and Analytics Clinical Practicum
    • 6 weeks/240 hours
  • HC 475 Senior Seminar – National Certification Exam Review

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all required coursework with a grade of C in major courses, with no more than 2 attempts per course.
  • Completion of required professional internship hours.
  • Completion of RHIA exam review course.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


Dr. Daniel Lorence
Chair of HIMA