Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (B.S.H.I.M.) Major in Health Information Management

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (B.S.H.I.M.) degree with a major in Health Information Management requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  For more information visit:
  2. University application deadlines are different than the Health Information Management (H.I.M.) program deadline. Potential program applicants are encouraged to complete the University process early to facilitate review of transcripts during the H.I.M. program application process.
  3. Any student may declare Pre-Health Information Management as their major. To declare Pre-HIM as a major, contact the College of Health Professions Advising Center. It is strongly recommended that students present themselves for academic advising as soon as health information management has been selected as a major.
  4. Students must have completed the majority of the general education core curriculum and other prerequisite coursework listed below before being allowed to enroll in the H.I.M. program:
    HIM 2360Medical Terminology3
    BIO 2430Human Physiology and Anatomy4
    CIS 1323Introduction to Microcomputer Applications3
    or CS 1308 Computer Literacy and the Internet
    HP 3302Biostatistics3
    or PSY 2301 Introduction to Statistics
    or MATH 2328 Elementary Statistics
    or SOCI 3307 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    or CJ 3347 Statistics For Criminal Justice
  5. Students must have a maximum of nine hours of general education core curriculum and prerequisite coursework remaining to be completed in the summer following the application deadline.
  6. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 to apply.
  7. Students must submit H.I.M. program application by March 31st for consideration to begin the HIM coursework in the fall semester.
  8. Students will be required to interview with the H.I.M. Program Admissions Committee.
  9. Advanced placement in the major coursework due to previous health information or related coursework and/or work experience will require a review of the student’s credentials and transcripts. Due to course sequencing and the scheduling of the professional practice experience assignment, students who drop out of the program for one or more semesters will be required to reapply for admission and be re-interviewed by the admissions committee.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Any student who did not complete at least two years of the same foreign language in high school is required to take 6-8 hours of the same foreign language.
  5. To graduate with a B.S.H.I.M., students must successfully complete all HIM courses with a “C” or higher. HIM courses are to be taken in a lock-step sequence. Most courses are offered only once each academic year; therefore, progress in the program may be delayed if a student falls out of sequence due to failure to successfully complete the HIM courses with the required “C” or higher. Due to course sequencing and the scheduling of the professional practice experience assignment, students who drop out of the program for one or more semesters will be required to reapply for admission and be re-interviewed by the admissions committee for consideration to be allowed to continue in the program.
  6. All students must have attained a 2.0 or higher Texas State University GPA with a minimum of 2.25 GPA in the HIM major courses to graduate.
  7. During the second semester of the senior year students are required to take a five-week professional practice experience course. This course requires that the students spend a minimum of five weeks in other institutions (hospitals or healthcare related organizations) away from campus. Or, students who have already completed an associate degree in health information or another bachelor’s degree or who have significant healthcare experience are required to complete a two-week professional practice experience course. Students must furnish their own transportation and housing. Due to the time and distances involved, no courses other than those listed can be taken in the final semester of the senior year.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
Mathematics Component Code 020 Select one of the following:3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
 Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
 Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803 
 CIS 1323 or CS 13083 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3  
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3  
US 110011  
 13 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 
HIM 23603BIO 24304 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3Select one of the following:3 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3  
 15 13 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
HIM 33013HIM 33113HIM 43703
HIM 33103HIM 33503HIM 43633
HIM 34634HIM 33803 
HIM 33673HIM 33643 
HIM 33903HIM 43933 
 16 15 6
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
HIM 44014HIM 43833 
HIM 43313HIM 43853 
HIM 43643HIM 43903 
HIM 43203HIM 45015 
 13 14 
Total Hours: 120