School and Ranking Information
One school near the San Bernardino area that offers health information technology programs is a private, for-profit institution, and the other school is private, not-for-profit. Based on the number of certificate and degree programs it offers and its hands-on learning opportunities, the following school is considered a top school for health information technology in the area:
- Winner: Loma Linda University is located in Loma Linda, California, about 6 miles from San Bernardino. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration, a Certificate in Medical Coding Specialist and a Certificate in Health Information Administration.
|Category||Loma Linda University|
|Location||Loma Linda, California (about 6 miles from San Bernardino)|
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$28,080*|
|Health Information Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate, Bachelor's|
|Health Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||3*|
|Most Popular Health Information Technology Degree Program Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (3 awarded)*|
|Noteworthy||Graduates of the administration programs are prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam**|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University
- The 2-year bachelor's program is the only one of its kind in California
- The student-to-faculty ratio at this school is 3:1
- Loma Linda reports that its 2013 graduating class from the health information division had an 100% placement rate
Loma Linda University's health information technology programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Information Management Education. As of 2013, the university had a student population of 4,693.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration is a 2-year program that has courses in topics such as the legal aspects of coding, human resource management, statistics and database management. Applicants must have previously completed two years of prerequisite coursework to enroll in this special program. Students complete professional practice experiences as part of the curriculum.
The school also offers a Certificate as Medical Coding Specialist, where classes are held in the evenings. Prerequisites include medical terminology, human diseases and computer applications. Program courses include coding for billing and reimbursement, patient confidentiality, healthcare records and computer application usage for coding.
The Certificate in Health Information Administration consists of a minimum of 78 credit hours. This is a 4-year, post-baccalaureate certificate program, and applicants must already hold a bachelor's degree and have completed prerequisite coursework. Classes in the certificate program include coding, pathology, health record science and the legal aspects of health information. An internship must be completed as well.