Summer 2013 | UW Seattle | 12 months | 65 Credits

Application Deadlines

We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on the following dates:

Early application deadline: Feb. 15, 2013. For more information about early admission consideration and criteria, please read the Early Admissions Policy.

Final application deadline: April 15, 2013

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required. (Students who have not completed a baccalaureate degree may seek admission to the Evening Degree Program and the HIHIM degree program. Go to for more information about the HIHIM Bachelor of Science degree program.) A satisfactory grade-point average of 2.5 for all academic work is preferred. However, demonstrated levels of professional competency necessary to successfully complete the certificate program may be used to satisfy the grade-point requirement.

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge and Skills

Complete the following prerequisite courses, or requisite knowledge or skills in (a) human anatomy and physiology (course required, laboratory recommended); (b) statistics in any discipline; and (c) medical terminology.

Prerequisite courses should be completed prior to entering the program. Applications will be partly scored based on the grades received in prerequisite courses. The number of prerequisite courses satisfied by the time of application will also be considered. 

International Student English Proficiency

International students must submit one of the following as evidence of English language proficiency. An international applicant who does not have evidence of language proficiency is NOT eligible to apply to the HIHIM Program.

Acceptable Forms of Evidence of English Language Proficiency:

  • Earned bachelor's degree from an institution of higher education in the United States (official transcript required)
  • Successful completion of the UW Intensive English Program prior to admission to the University of Washington.
  • Minimum test scores as listed below. Test scores may not be more than 2 years old. Applicants with test scores older than 2 years should contact the HIHIM program.
Minimum Score Test
7.0 IELTS (no sub-score below 6.0)
92 TOEFL iBT (no sub-score below 20)

Successful completion of the UW Intensive English Program prior to admission to the University of Washington will substitute for one of the test scores above.

Information for International Students

This program meets the eligibility requirements for an F-1 visa. If you are an international student, please read the International Student Eligibility section of the Certificate Student Handbook.

Additional Information

Background Check 

A nationwide criminal background search is mandatory for all accepted applicants. Names of accepted students will be submitted for a background check.

Health Science Major Immunizations 

All applicants accepted to the HIHIM major are considered Health Science majors at University of Washington. All Health Science majors are required to show documentation of protection against a number of vaccine-preventable diseases. This must be completed by the end of the first quarter of HIHIM study. This fee will separately appear in your student “Tuition Account Balance” section of MyUW.

About the Application Process

Application Review

A review committee evaluates applications and selects program participants based on admission requirements. The HIHIM Program let you know whether you are accepted, wait-listed or not accepted on or before mid-May.


We'll send you first-term course information when you're accepted to the program. The deadline for your first-term course fee is two weeks before the class begins.


Sometimes when certificate programs fill up, we change the program status to waitlist. You can still apply to programs with this status. Our waitlists have no more than seven students over the enrollment maximum. If you are on a waitlist and not offered a spot in the program, you can defer your enrollment to the next offering.

Earning the Certificate

A student must fulfill prerequisites, complete the program's 16 required courses and have a baccalaureate degree to receive the Certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Management. Course grading follows University of Washington guidelines.

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