2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Health Information Management and Technology Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)


To be eligible for admission to the Health Information Management and Technology Program, students are required to have:

  • An associate degree or 60 equivalent transferable college-level credits of coursework from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in accordance with ACIS 6.0, the University of Wisconsin System Transfer Policy (revised June 2011).
  • Completed the following prerequisite courses: Introductory College Algebra, Introductory Biology, and Introductory Communications, or their equivalents, with grades of "C" or better.
  • A cumulative 2.0 GPA along with having satisfied the minimum general education breadth requirements in humanities and fine arts, natural science/mathematics, social science, and integrated studies, as determined by the general education and graduation requirements of UW-La Crosse.

Students wishing to complete a baccalaureate degree entirely online may do so by entering through UW Colleges Online and then gaining admission to the online HIMT Program.


The HIMT major curriculum has two tracks:

  • Health Information Technology and
  • Health Information Management.

Students will enter the program with 60 transferable credits. All students will take 16 common core courses and then depending on which track they choose, will take four additional courses in a given track to complete the degree. There are no electives. However, interested students may choose to take courses in both HIMT tracks.

(60 credits)

Core courses:

HIMT 300Survey of Contemporary Computing3
HIMT 310Healthcare Systems and Organizations3
HIMT 320Survey of Information Technology in Healthcare3
HIMT 330Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems3
HIMT 340Ethical Issues, Security Management and Compliance3
HIMT 350Statistics for Healthcare3
HIMT 360Healthcare II: Survey of Disease and Treatments3
HIMT 370Healthcare Systems: Analysis and Design3
HIMT 380Healthcare Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement3
HIMT 400Healthcare Information and Technology: Data3
HIMT 410Healthcare Systems: Implementation and Integration3
HIMT 420Healthcare Systems: Project Management3
HIMT 430Quality Assessment and Improvement3
HIMT 440Group Processes, Team Building, and Leadership3
HIMT 450Healthcare Information and Technology: Standards3
HIMT 490Capstone Project3
Total Credits48

Students must also complete at least one of the tracks below: 

Management track:
HIMT 355Principles of Management for HIMT Professionals3
HIMT 365Healthcare Economics3
HIMT 415Human Resource Management in Healthcare3
HIMT 445Application of Leadership and Management in Healthcare Technology3
Total Credits12
Technology track:
HIMT 345Programming and Software Development3
HIMT 375Database Structures and Management Systems3
HIMT 425Data Warehousing and Mining3
HIMT 435Data Communications and Computer Networks in Healthcare3
Total Credits12

All students must complete the general education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 


Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

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