Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Information Administration - Bridge Curriculum Sequence

A companion to the BPS-HIA Core, the BPS-HIA Bridge program has been developed to accommodate those students with prior education in either health information technology or an area other than health information who desire to earn their BPS-HIA degree. The bridge program consists of those health information technology/health information administration classes required for entry into the BPS-HIA Core sequence and are designed to be taken in the designated order. Students with a previous background in biomedical sciences or business administration may be able to waive specific courses.


Curriculum Sequence

Course   Credits Weeks
HIA 197 Essentials of Healthcare Delivery  4 7
HIA 198 Health Information Technology  4 7
MAT 203 Statistics for Today's Business 4 7
HIA 123 Medical Terminology 4 7
BIO 140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 7
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 7


Course Descriptions

HIA 197 Essentials of Healthcare Delivery
This course covers the essential elements of healthcare delivery in the United States, providing an overview of health care policy and its development.  Course topics include the resources and systems used in delivering health care, including outpatient and primary care services, hospitals, managed care, long term care, and populations with special needs.  Students will evaluate the outcomes of our health care system and how they are addressed through health care policy.  The future of healthcare in the United States is discussed and analyzed, including health reform, cost and access, public health, and technology.
HIA 198 Health Information Technology 
This course investigates the function and purpose of both the Health Information Management (HIM) Department and the health record.  Students will explore HIM professional opportunities, the history of health information management, and the role of HIM in the healthcare team.  Course activities will focus on the health record, including its purpose, function, content, and structure, as well as the role of the HIM professional in maintaining the record.   The course will also provide a brief introduction into privacy and confidentiality issues regarding the health record.
MAT 203 Statistics for Today's Businesses
This course presents an introduction to data collection and interpretation, descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling, hypothesis testing, and probability distribution as they apply to business planning and decision making. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical software for data analyses and the ethical uses of statistics.
HIA 123 Medical Terminology
This course introduces students to the language of medicine utilized by health care professionals within various healthcare settings, when diagnosing and treating various diseases and conditions. Students will identify the various components of medical terms (i.e. roots, suffixes, and prefixes) when building and dissecting these terms.
BIO 140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This course initiates the study of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This course is a continuation of BIO 160. Topics include the endocrine, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, excretory, and reproductive systems.

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