Health information management professionals are an integral part of the healthcare industry—they collect, analyze, and maintain the data that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver effective and skilled healthcare. They are specialists in managing patient health information, administering computer information systems, and coding diagnoses and procedures for medical services provided to patients.
Our course curriculum seeks to thoroughly prepare students for a professional career in the field of Health Information Management. In addition to academic course work, students also complete two semesters of "professional practice" and the last semester of the curriculum includes a one-month "management internship". The professional practices are completed at area hospitals and other types of healthcare facilities. The management internship can be performed at a hospital anywhere in the United States.
In conjunction with the College of Sciences' School of Computing and Informatics, we offer a minor in Health Informatics. These courses will help students achieve a deeper understanding of the more technical aspects of managing health information.
After graduation, students are prepared to take the certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Over the past several years, the average pass rate of UL Lafayette graduates on this certification exam is above the national average. We are proud to announce a 100% pass-rate for the graduating class of 2013! Upon successful completion of this exam, one earns the credential of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).