Feb 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Care Information Systems, B.S.

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Department of Health Professions  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) entails a wide array of skills needed to use and support computer systems used by hospitals, clinics, and health systems to provide care to the sick and injured. The field calls for professionals with knowledge of the health care industry, network administration, database administration, data querying and analysis, and support of clinical information systems, including the electronic medical record (EMR). Graduates will be qualified to take a leadership role in the information systems services of a health care organization, a health data analysis team, or an entrepreneurial venture in the health care industry.

Student Outcomes

  • Describe the various components of the health care system in the United States and the interrelationships between such components; 
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, prioritize, and formulate a management response to issues in legal compliance, human resources, financial management, and formulate a strategic plan for a health care organization; 
  • Define the various components of the information systems used in a health care organization, the data they gather, their use in providing patient care and supporting administrative functions, the interrelationships between applications, and how combinations of data from various applications can be used to address management challenges in today’s health care organization; 
  • Demonstrate basic skills in computer device networking, telecommunications, information systems security, database administration, clinical information application support, and business web site design; and 
  • Synthesize understanding of a business or clinical issue in a health care organization and formulate a plan of action to use information systems resources to address that issue.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program.
  • Students can contact the Department of Health Professions at 303-615-1200 or the Department of Computer Information Systems at 303-615-0660 for advising. 
  • New or transfer students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Information Systems can also seek advising through the College of Health and Applied Sciences Advising Office at 303-615-1099.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Students select a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Core Courses 51 credits
Required Electives 9 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 21-24 credits
Total for the Health Care Information Systems Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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