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2017-18 Catalog 
    
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Informatics, BAS


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The Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Informatics prepares individuals with IT and/or healthcare preparation and experience to successfully compete for jobs in the rapidly growing field of healthcare informatics, which focuses on optimizing use of technology to manage knowledge in order to improve quality of care.

The degree program is designed for individuals with IT and/or healthcare preparation and experience. The first 90 credits of the degree are fulfilled by entrance prerequisites. The second half of the degree program offers a professionally relevant curriculum that helps students achieve their goals.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Manage, analyze and present healthcare data for effective decision-making in support of a wide array of healthcare practices such as regulatory requirements, patient safety studies, and clinical decision support
  • Serve as liaison between technical and clinical functions to support users, including systems analysis, data analytics, training and documenting use of new technologies in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continued competency through life- long learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership, ethical and economic issues as they pertain to healthcare informatics
  • Gather, identify and document requirements for healthcare informatics solutions while working closely with patients, consumers, clinicians, and administrators
  • Ensure that requirements for healthcare data privacy and security are met
  • Complete a capstone or field studies project that demonstrates the breadth and depth of educational preparation

Degree Requirements

In addition to eligibility requirements shown in the worksheet, students must also achieve the following:

  • Completion of core courses in the general program and concentration requirements with a grade of “C”, or better
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework taken at BC and the courses applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges
  • At least 45 quarter credits for the degree must be completed in residence at BC, of which 30 credits must be upper division

Program Eligibility

Individuals must complete:

  • An associate’s degree in an information technology related – or healthcare related – field, or equivalent credits, to be eligible for the BAS degree
  • In addition, applicants must have completed the following courses or their equivalents with a grade of 2.0 or higher from a regionally accredited college:
    • English Composition I and Technical or Research Writing
    • College-Level Math: Statistics
    • Natural Science: must include at least one lab course and at least one life sciences course
    • BTS 168  and BUSIT 103 , or equivalents
    • Humanities course from AAS-DTA transfer list
    • Social Science course from AAS-DTA transfer list
    • Either Humanities or Social Science must be a communication course, please verify with an advisor

Application Process

To be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Informatics, prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed general Bellevue College admission form
  • Nonrefundable general admission fee of $34
  • Completed Bachelor of Applied Science application form
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $90
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited college(s), demonstrating completion of an appropriate associate’s degree or equivalent credits, and the prerequisite courses, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Personal statement

Prerequisite Requirements


Associate Degree: 45 CR


  • Associate degree in IT-related or healthcare-related field, or equivalent credits

Additional Requirements


A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework including the following courses:

Writing: 10 CR


  • English Composition and Technical or Research Writing

College Level Math: 5 CR


  • Statistics

Natural Science: 10 CR


  • Must include one lab course and at least one life sciences course

Data Management: 10 CR


Social Science: 5 CR


Either Humanities or Social Science course must be a communication course

  • course from AAS-DTA transfer list

Humanities: 5 CR


Either Humanities or Social Science course must be a communication course

  • course from AAS-DTA transfer list

Choose One of the Following Options:


Core Total: 93-94


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