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Students complete the required coursework for this degree during their junior and senior years of undergraduate study. Students are required to complete 63 credits of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences coursework. 

Most of our courses are only offered once per academic year. If a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year.  Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation. 

Suggested Plan of Study

The following is a typical plan of studies for an HIM student:

Junior year, fall term

Junior year, spring term

Summer session (6WK1)

Senior year, fall term

Senior year, spring term


*     Possible placement out-of-state
**   Students take the RHIA Registration Exam


Please note this program requires that you complete clinical education at facilities external to the University.  Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites, whether they are on campus or located at an off-campus site.  There are requirements that students need to meet before they can participate in clinical education, including having an annual physical examination (including specific immunizations and TB testing), completing HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogen training, purchasing liability insurance and carrying personal health insurance.  All students are also required to annually obtain Act 34 clearance (PA State Criminal Record Check), Act 33 clearance (PA Child Abuse History Clearance) and Act 73 clearance (FBI Background Check with Clearance).  If there is a criminal infraction on any of these clearances, the student may not be able to be placed for Clinical Education, which will require the student to withdraw from the class; this may prevent progress to graduation.  Additionally, some facilities may require a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in clinical education.