Pre-Health Informatics and Health Information Technology Plan

The UT Martin Pre-Health Informatics and Information (HIM) Plan is designed to prepare students for application to a Masters in Health Informatics (MHI) and/or Masters in Health Information Management (MHIM) program.  By following the Pre-HIM Plan recommendations, students will be eligible for admission into most MHI/MHIM programs; however, the prerequisite courses required for admission vary significantly from one institution to the next.  The courses listed in the plan are intended only as a guideline and students are strongly encouraged to review the requirements for their school(s) of choice as they vary from school to school. 

Please note:  The Pre-HIM Plan is not a major and does not fulfill the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at UT Martin.  The courses listed below are recommendations and are not required for degree completion unless also listed under the student’s chosen major. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is health informatics and health information management?
Health informatics is the study of how personal health information is gathered, stored, and used while health information management is the practice of gathering, storing, and using personal health information.    

 

What does a health information manager do?
Health information managers are responsible for maintaining all of the paper and electronic patient records in a physician’s office.  Health information managers are an essential part of the healthcare team and work closely with physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure that patient records are complete and secure.  In addition to working directly with patient information and records, health information managers must keep up with current computer and software technology and legislative requirements.

 

Is there a demand for health information managers?
YES! According to the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020.

 

What degree to do I need to become a health information manager?
There are multiple paths into the fields of health informatics and health information management and a variety of degrees related to health information management available.  The Pre-HIM Plan is designed for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in health informatics or health information management; however, degrees are also available at the associates and bachelors level.  There are also certificate programs available. 

 

Do I have to have a license or a particular credential?
There are two credentials awarded to HIM professionals: the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).  Both will provide you entry into the field of health informatics/health information management. 

 

How many graduate HIM programs are there in Tennessee?
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the only graduate HIM program in Tennessee; however, it is worth noting that there are only seven graduate HIM programs. 

 

How long is the typical graduate HIM program?
Two years

 

Are there any required admissions tests for HIM programs?
Most graduate HIM programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

 

When should I apply?
There is no set application timeline for HIM programs; however, most students who plan to attend an HIM program after graduating from UT Martin will apply during their senior year. 

 

Do I have to have a bachelor’s degree to be accepted into a graduate HIM program?
Not necessarily; however, students who have a degree are often viewed as more competitive.  Programs that do not require a degree typically require a set number of prerequisite hours prior to admission into the graduate program.

 

What kind of grades do I need to get into a graduate HIM program?
Most graduate HIM programs require a GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of at least “C” in all prerequisite classes.

 

Do I need any professional experience?
Experience in the healthcare field may be advantageous because it will expose you to the field of HIM, but is not required nor is it expected. 

 

Will I be a pre-HIM major?
No.  The Pre-HIM Plan is not a major and does not fulfill the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at UT Martin.  The courses listed in the plan are recommendations and are not required for degree completion unless also listed under the student’s chosen major. 

 

What should I major in?
The best major is the one in which you are most interested and the most likely to succeed.  Many of our pre-HIM students choose the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Management or the BSBA in Information Systems because they include many of the courses listed in the plan. 

 

What are the minimum requirements for a cytotechnology program?
While most MHI and MHIM programs require few or no prerequisites, the most common prerequisites are:

  • 3 hours of Medical Terminology
  • 3 hours of Information Systems
  • 4 hours of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 3 hours of Statistics

 

Although there are only a few MHIM and MHI programs in the country, the requirements for admission vary significantly.  In addition to the required courses, students may wish to take electives such as accounting, business law, organizational behavior and theory, management information systems, business communications, and English literature as well as courses in sociology, economics, history, or psychology.

 

What classes at UT Martin should I take as a pre-cytotechnology student?
While not an exhaustive list, the following courses are strongly recommended for students considering applying to an MHIM or MHI program.  Students should always check with their advisor and/or school(s) of choice before deciding which classes to take.

  • Accounting 201 Accounting for Decision Making II
  • Accounting 202 Accounting for Decision Making II
  • Biology 300 Medical Terminology
  • Business Law 201 Legal Environment of Business
  • Business Law 301 Business Law I
  • Business Law 302 Business Law II
  • Computer Science 201 Introduction to Computers
  • Computer Science 351 Object-Oriented System Analysis and Design
  • Computer Science 410 Data Base Management Systems
  • Information Systems 310 Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems 351 business communications
  • Management 300 Management and Behavior
  • Management 303 Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Management 350 Human Resource Management
  • Math 210 Elementary Statistics and Probability
  • Zoology 251 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Zoology 352 Anatomy & Physiology II

 

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