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Health Information Management

Health information management is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records.

Health information management professionals work in a variety of different settings and job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point​ in the healthcare delivery cycle. Having skilled HIM professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.

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Advisor: Kaela Uruqhart

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Kaela joined the K-State Pre-Health Advising staff in February of 2016 after serving in a Student Success Capacity for three and a half years at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. She is returning to her alma mater as she holds two degrees from Kansas State University. In 2010 she earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, and continued on for her M.S. in Academic Advising, earned in 2012. She is an avid sports fan with her college team, of course being K-State, her MLB team being the Royals and her NFL team being the Cincinnati Bengals.

She has always enjoyed being strongly rooted in student support services and is excited to be a part of the Pre-Health team. She is here to help with advising support and preparation for applying and entering professional schools, and to be a positive resource for your success as a Wildcat.


Email: kaelaurquhart@ksu.edu
Phone: 532-6904
Office: 107 Calvin Hall

Eligibility Criteria & Application Information 

Pre-Health Information Management is not a degree-granting program. This guide is based on prerequisites for the professional program at the KU Medical Center. It takes two years to complete the prerequisites at K-State and another two years to complete the requirements for the Health Information Management degree from The University of Kansas.

A minimum of 63 hours must be completed before entering the professional program. The minimum GPA for application is a 2.5 calculated in three separate categories: Overall, Prerequisite, and Biological Sciences. No grade lower than a C is accepted in any prerequisite course.

In addition, verification of four hours of formal observation in a Health Information Department is required to apply to the program at The University of Kansas Medical Center.

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