FAQs about the Entry-Level MHIIM Degree

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Is the program available on-line?

The entry-level MHIIM program is offered on-line. One week per semester students are required to be either on campus or to attend classes virtually using video technology. For the rest of the semester, students utilize the course management system via the Internet to attend classes, complete assignment and interact with classmates and faculty members at a time convenient to their schedules.

Do I have to attend full time?

Students may attend either full-time or part-time. Part-time students must take a minimum of six credit hours per semester.

Will I be able to work while in school?

The part-time option is for students who need to continue to work full-time. The program is demanding and takes time and energy to complete assignments and participate in classes. Many students work part-time during the program.

What kinds of jobs do graduates get after completing the program?

There are many opportunities available to new graduates. The majority of graduates work in hospitals. There are many health information management professionals at the larger hospitals in Tennessee with a variety of responsibilities.

Is it difficult to get into the UT HIM program?

Students with a minimum 2.0 on a 4.0 scale are eligible for consideration although the average GPA for entering students is well above this minimum. We also consider the following in determining admissions to the program: academic record, pre-professional evaluations or letters of recommendation, past work experience, knowledge and understanding of the HIM profession, and the information gained from the personal interview with members of the admissions committee.

What sort of electives should I take?

It is important to have a well-rounded background. We strongly recommend that you take electives that will enable you to complete a degree in another area if you are not accepted. Management courses, computer courses, database management, decision support courses are helpful. Liberal arts courses in English, history, social sciences, other disciplines are also helpful. Courses which require writing assignments help prepare students for the important written communication aspects of the profession.

What courses do students take at UT?

Professional course content includes health information science, quality management, pathology, health information systems, coding and classification systems, legal aspects, research methods, data analysis, health statistics, organization of health care facilities, and personnel administration. Students complete clinical assignments in the health information departments of health care facilities and complete a final management affiliation.

Is the HIM program difficult?

It is challenging and fast-paced. Mature, independent students do well. All students gain organizational and time management skills. Students report that moving from a general university academic program into a professional program is a big transition and requires adjustments in their personal lives.

Do you accept out of state residents?

While priority must be given to Tennessee residents who meet the admission requirements, out-of-state residents are encouraged to apply. We have accepted out-of-state students in all of the recently admitted classes. The Financial Aid Office will have more information about tuition.

Where do I send my transcripts and letters of recommendation?

UTHSC Transcript Verification Department
P.O. Box 9141
Watertown, MA 02471

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Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6486
E-mail: him@uthsc.edu