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Program Curriculum (4 Year)


Please note: The curriculum outlined on this page applies to the fully online bachelor's degree.This program is designed for students who are do not meet the requirements for the +2 bachelor's degree, including those who:

  • Have an A.A.S. or an A.S. in HIM or HIT from a non-CAHIIM accredited school. See if your school is CAHIIM accredited by visiting the CAHIIM Program Directory  OR
  • Have no hours, some college hours or a degree in an unrelated field

+2 HIM program only

Are you a +2 student? To classify as a +2 student, you must have an earned Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in HIM or HIT from a CAHIIM accredited school.  See if your school is CAHIIM accredited by visiting the CAHIIM Program Directory. If you do not have an associate degree from a CAHIIM accredited school, please click here.

Required Core Courses (79-82 hours) 
Please Note: Prerequisites are noted in parenthesis.

  • BIO 131: Anatomy & Physiology
  • HIM 100: Health Data Content & Structure
  • HIM 225: Legal Issues in HIM[HJ1] 
  • HIM 230: Computer Systems and Applications in HIM
  • HIM 250: International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding I
  • HIM 251: HCPCS/CPT Coding
  • HIM 252: Healthcare Payment Systems
  • HIM 290:  Medical Terminology
  • HIM 291: Advanced Medical Terminology
  • HIM 292: Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics
  • HIM 330: Electronic Health Records
  • HIM 350: Health Information Research (Prerequisites: Any required competency course and appropriate lab, PH 383)
  • HIM 351: ICD-10 Coding
    • All students completing the required CAHIIM accredited HIM associate degree prior to Fall 2010 must take this course. Requirement may be waived upon submission of documentation showing evidence of current Clinical Coding Specialist (CCS) certification through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)** OR completion of the AHIMA Academy for ICD-10.)
  • HIM 421:Health Information Management and Leadership
  • HIM 422: Clinical Evaluation and Outcomes
  • HIM 430: Health Data Management and Analytics
  • HIM 450: Application & Analysis of HIM Theory
  • HIM 495: Capstone Professional Practice Experience (6 credit hours)
  • CSCI 145C: Intro to Computing or CIS 141: Basic Computer Literacy
  • CIS 243: Principles of MIS or CS 157: Information Security
  • HCA 340: Health Care Organization and Management
  • PH 383: Biostatistics in Health Sciences
  • CIT 350: Database Administration I or BDAN 330: Structured Data Analysis

Restricted Electives (12 hours) In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete 4 restricted electives . Previous coursework will be evaluated for equivalency transfer credit. Courses may be selected from the list below.

  • CIT 310: Systems Architecture I (Prerequisite: CIT 300 waived)
  • CIT 330: Systems Development
  • CIT 332: Systems Development II
  • CIT 492: Technology Management I
  • BDAN 310: Business Analytics
  • BDAN 410: Decision Support Systems Analysis and Design
  • BDAN 420: Data Mining
  • BDAN 430: Data Visualization and Digital Dashboards

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  1. BIO 131 "Anatomy and Physiology" and HIM 100 "Health Data Content & Structure" must be completed prior to admission to the program with grade of C or higher.
  2. A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including major requirements for the degree in Health Information Management + Colonnade requirements total 122-136 credit hours.
  3. For students transferring from a CAHIIM Accredited Baccalaureate Degree program HIM courses will be reviewed for course equivalency on a case by case basis.
  4. HIT/HIM courses from non-CAHIIM accredited associate degree programs will not be accepted for transfer into the HIM program, but students may take departmental exams in appropriate classes. For other courses, refer to the WKU Transfer Credit Articulation web page to determine course equivalency acceptance between WKU and other schools.
    • Up to 21 credit hours can be earned.
    • Exams are billed at $25 per credit hour.
    • Students will receive WKU credit for successfully passing (70%) the corresponding WKU course departmental exam.

Below are the required courses for the program that KCTCS MIT graduates have the opportunity to receive up to 21 credit hours for by completing departmental exams. Each departmental exam is $25 per credit hour, which totals $525 for the opportunity to test and receive credit for all the courses listed below. Students may choose which tests they want to take.

  • HIM 100    Health Data Content & Structure (4)
  • HIM 225    Legal Issues in HIM (2)
  • HIM 250    International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding I (4)
  • HIM 251    HCPCS/CPT Coding (4)
  • HIM 252    Healthcare Payment Systems (3)
  • HIM 291    Advanced Medical Terminology (2)
  • HIM 292    Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics (2)

Students outside KCTCS, may view our extensive transfer articulation.

Kentucky General Education Transfer Policy

The Kentucky General Education Transfer Policy (2012) provides guidelines for the transfer of general education coursework between Kentucky public postsecondary institutions. The policy guarantees that if a student completes an associate (AA or AS) degree or some general education coursework at a KCTCS college, any Kentucky public university will accept their general education credits as meeting lower-division general education requirements.

General Education Transfer Policy from States other than Kentucky

Students who complete an associate degree containing 30 unduplicated semester credit hours of General Education (typically an Associate of Arts [AA] or an Associate of Science [AS] from a regionally accredited institution outside Kentucky are considered to have fulfilled all WKU Colonnade General Education requirements. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural science/mathematics.

Students who do not qualify for General Education Cetifiecation are required to complete up to 39 hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education).



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 Last Modified 11/12/18