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FAQ

When does the program start?
Are the classes available online?
What if you get more applications then you have spots available?
Can I enroll on a part time basis?
How long will the degree take?
What are the entry requirements?
Am I guaranteed entry if I have met the entry requirements?
I have finished my Associate Degree but not yet sat for my RHIT. May I still apply?
I have a Bachelor Degree, but do not have an RHIT. May I still apply?
I have a Doctoral degree, but do not have an RHIT. May I still apply?
Do I absolutely have to have the statistics course (Math 146 or Math 93/136) completed before I begin the program?
I have already taken a number of 100-200 level Humanities and Social Science courses. Do I need to retake them?
Do I have to take PSYC 301, and PHIL 401 if I already have met all of my distribution requirements at the 100-200 level?
What is the cost of the program?

Can I use the State Tuition Waiver for the BAS program?

Can I qualify for TCC Foundation Scholarships if I am in the BAS program?
Is there an internship?
Do you offer courses in the summer?
What is the application procedure?
Do I have to have my official transcript reviewed before I can apply?
Can I complete the HIT Associate Degree and then go directly into the HIM BAS?
Will I be able to sit for my RHIA credential upon graduation from this degree program?
Is the program CAHIIM accredited?


When does the program start?

The degree will be offered beginning Fall 2016. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year as space is available. Applications must be submitted six weeks prior to the quarter you wish to begin. Notification of acceptance will be made four weeks prior to start of the quarter. Student entry accpeted Fall through Spring quarters only.

Are the classes available online?

The HIM BAS Courses will be offered 100% online

What if you get more applications than you have spots available?

Qualified candidates will be admitted on space available basis. If enrollment demand exceeds our planned cohort size, Candidates will be considered for admission based on a number of factors, to include advanced healthcare credentials (such as RHIT, CCS, RN, CPC, RRT, etc.), coursework completed in college level STEM, leadership/management/human relations, and communication courses, number of years of work or volunteer experience in healthcare, military status, and college level GPA.

Can I enroll on a part time basis?

Full or part time enrollment options are available.

How long will the degree take?

Full time students (students taking at least 10 300-400 level courses per quarter) will complete the degree in two years (six quarters). We do not have HIM courses during summer quarter. Part time students will vary greatly depending on how many credits are taken each quarter.

What are the entry requirements?

  1. Associate Degree, or equivalent credits, in a health related field. Course work must include the following topics: Healthcare Statistics, Data Analytics, Data Quality and Performance Improvement, Revenue Cycle and Medical Coding. Students who have not completed the above courses may take individual study or courses in the HIT Associate Degree program to meet these requirements (arrangements made through HIM Advisor).
  2. General Education Requirements: 1) 5 credits in English Composition, 2) 5 credits in Human Anatomy and Physiology

Am I guaranteed entry if I have met the entry requirements?

No. It is anticipated that there will be more applicants to the BAS program then there are available positions. Therefore if a student meets the requirements for a completed application, it does not guarantee admission into the program.Admission into the program will be offered to the top scores. Candidates will be considered for admission based on a number of factors, to include advanced healthcare credentials (such as RHIT, CCS, RN, CPC, RRT, etc.), coursework completed in college level STEM, leadership/management/human relations, and communication courses, number of years of work or volunteer experience in healthcare, military status, and college level GPA.

I have finished my Associate Degree but not yet sat for my RHIT. May I still apply?

Yes - as long as you have an Associate Degree, or equivelent credits you may apply for the program. If your Associate degree did not include coursework in Healthcare Statistics, Data Analytics, Data Quality and Performance Improvement, Revenue Cycle and Medical Coding then you will be asked to take an individual study or courses in the HIT Associate Degree program to meet these requirements (arrangements made through HIM Advisor). Included in, or in addition to, your Associate degree you need to have completed 5 credits of English Composition and 5 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology.

An RHIT credential is helpful, but is not required for admission to the program.

I have a Bachelor Degree, but do not have an RHIT. May I still apply?

Yes - as long as you have an Associate Degree, or equivelent credits you may apply for the program. If your Associate degree did not include coursework in Healthcare Statistics, Data Analytics, Data Quality and Performance Improvement, Revenue Cycle and Medical Coding then you will be asked to take an individual study or courses in the HIT Associate Degree program to meet these requirements (arrangements made through HIM Advisor). Included in, or in addition to, your Associate degree you need to have completed 5 credits of English Composition and 5 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology.

An RHIT credential is helpful, but is not required for admission to the program.

I have a Doctoral degree, but do not have an RHIT. May I still apply?

Yes - as long as you have an Associate Degree, or equivelent credits you may apply for the program. If your Associate degree did not include coursework in Healthcare Statistics, Data Analytics, Data Quality and Performance Improvement, Revenue Cycle and Medical Coding then you will be asked to take an individual study or courses in the HIT Associate Degree program to meet these requirements (arrangements made through HIM Advisor). Included in, or in addition to, your Associate degree you need to have completed 5 credits of English Composition and 5 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology.

An RHIT credential is helpful, but is not required for admission to the program.

Do I absolutely have to have the statistics course (Math 146 or Math 93/136) completed before I begin the program?

You do not have to have your statistics course completed prior to beginning your baccalaureate studies. You may complete your math statistics course during the first year of the program.

At TCC you have two options for Statistics: MATH& 146 or MATH 93/136.
MATH& 146 - Introduction to Statistics

  • Pre-requisite of MATH 95 or TMATH 100
  • Offered online and on campus every quarter

MATH 93/136 - Statway

  • Pre-requisite of MATH 85
  • Combined 10 credits class that teaches Algebra and Statistics in same quarter
  • Offered on campus only and not offered this summer

I have already taken a number of 100-200 level Humanities and Social Science courses. Do I need to retake them?

You are required to have 10 credits of Humanities distribution and 10 credits of Social Science distribution.

BAS degree includes
PSYC 301 – Social Science5 credits
PHIL 401 – Humanities5 credits
Additional Credits Required
100-200 level Humanities distribution See approved list5 credits
100-200 level Social Science distribution See approved list5 credits

If your transcript already reflects 5 credits in Humanities and 5 credits in Social Science in approved distribution courses then you do not have to take any additional 100-200 level Humanities or Social Science courses.

Do I have to take PSYC 301, and PHIL 401 if I already have met all of my distribution requirements at the 100-200 level?

Most likely. These courses are specific to requirements for the entry level competencies required of Baccalaureate students for the American Health Information Management Association. If you took a 300-400 level course similar to those listed then please send the course outcomes to the program chair for specific review.

What is the cost of the program?

Approximately $15,917.50 - $16,147.50

The following cost estimate is based on a full time student who needs to complete 90 Credits (60 upper division HIM credits + 30 lower division general education). 15 quarterly credits x 6 quarters

Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate/Student Approved Mandatory Fees information posted by Tacoma Community College. The following table reflects approximate tuition rates for a full-time resident student.

Breakdown of Costs
Tuition/Fees$2104.75 x 6 = $12,628.50
Student approved mandatory fees$187.50 x 6 = $1125.00
Books and Miscellaneous*$2164.00 to $2394.00
TOTAL$15,917.50 - $16,147.50


Books and Miscellaneous Costs *
Books and supplies ($300 per quarter)$1800.00
Student membership in AHIMA (for non-RHITs)
OR
Professional membership in AHIMA (for RHITs)
$70.00 ($35.00/yr)
or
$300.00 ($150.00/yr)
RHIA Credential Examination fee$229.00
Certified Background Check$65.00
TOTAL$2164.00 to $2394.00

*all costs are approximate

Students are responsible for miscellaneous registration fees, purchasing any required textbooks, and are required to hold an active membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Check out the Types of Aid available for you at TCC. BAS students qualify for all aid types.

Can I use the State Tuition Waiver for the BAS program?

BAS students are eligible to apply the Employee State Tuition Waiver on a space available basis. Under TCC's current State Tuition Waiver policy, a maximum of ten credits can be covered by the tuition waiver. You would still be responsible for all applicable additional student fees.

TCC's HIM BAS program is a competative entry program. Spots into the program are filled first by non-tuition waiver students.

Applicants wishing to use the Washington State Employee Tuition Waiver must indicate so at the time of the application to the program by selecting the box on the application that indicates their desire to use the State Tuition Waiver. Once this box has been selected their application will be placed in a separate applicant pool. Applications in the tuition waiver pool will still be evaluated and ranked according to the HIM BAS degree entry criteria, however these applications will not be eligible for acceptance into the BAS program until two weeks prior to the start of classes each quarter based on space availability. At that time, the BAS program chair will use the applications in the tuition waiver pool to fill any remaining open spaces in the BAS program. The program chair will offer acceptances in ranked order based on previously determined criteria.

The decision to use a State Waiver must be made prior to entry into the program. Once a student has gained acceptance into the program as a non-tuition waiver student, they may not later invoke the State Waiver.

Some state employee applicants may desire to opt out of using the tuition waiver option if they want their application to be considered in the main applicant pool and not wait for potential acceptance two weeks prior to the start of the quarter.

You must submit the State Employee Space Available Tuition Waiver to Enrollment Services.

Can I qualify for TCC Foundation Scholarships if I am in the BAS program?

Yes. Students who attend credit courses at Tacoma Community College are eligible to apply for TCC Foundation Scholarships. This includes students who are pursing Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. For application requirements please see the TCC Foundation webpage.

You can find additional information on financial aid options by visiting TCC's Types of Aid webpage.

Is there an internship?

You will have a capstone class with a culminating project as well as a professional practice experience. Your professional practice experience will be tailored to your current situation and may include special projects.

Do you offer courses in the summer?

There will be no 300-400 level courses offered in the summer at this time. You may use the summer quarter to catch up on any 100-200 level distribution courses you are lacking or you can enjoy some time off.

What is the application procedure?

  1. Download and fill out this application
  2. Complete and email the application along with the following documents to cgore@tacomacc.edu:
    1. Unofficial transcripts showing completion of Associate Degree
    2. Proof of any industry specific credentials you possess (RHIT, RN, RRT, etc.)
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    3. Certificate of Completion from Virtual Information Session
  3. You should receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email with 72 hours then please contact Char Gore cgore@tacomacc.edu or Kim Lee klee@tacomacc.edu to inquire.

Please see application requirements.

Do I have to have my official transcript reviewed before I can apply?

No. The application only requires unofficial transcript for review. You do not have to submit your official transcript until you have been accepted into the HIM BAS program.

Can I complete the HIT Associate Degree and then go directly into the HIM BAS?

Yes! But please note, the HIM BAS is designed to build on your professional experience. The courses are competency based, which means you will perform better on the projects the more job experience you have in the field. For this reason, applications are weighted with extra points based on years of related work experience.

Will I be able to sit for my RHIA credential upon graduation from this degree program?

The TCC HIM BAS Degree program will seek CAHIIM accreditation so that students may sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential upon successful completion of the degree. CAHIIM does not accept application for accreditation from colleges until students have begun courses in the program of study. TCC will be eligible to apply for CAHIIM accreditation no earlier than 6 months before the first graduation class.  Per CAHIIM, “Graduates are not allowed to apply for the AHIMA RHIA or RHIT certification exam until the program has received the official letter awarding Initial Accreditation from CAHIIM.”

Is the program CAHIIM accredited?

The TCC HIM BAS Degree program will seek CAHIIM accreditation as soon as we are eligible. CAHIIM does not accept application for accreditation from colleges until students have begun courses in the program of study. TCC will be eligible to apply for CAHIIM accreditation no earlier than 6 months before the first graduation class.  Per CAHIIM, “Graduates are not allowed to apply for the AHIMA RHIA or RHIT certification exam until the program has received the official letter awarding Initial Accreditation from CAHIIM.”

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