Health Informatics Undergraduate Program:

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the online Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics at the University of New England.

If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Health Informatics or a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics at the University of New England Online, please visit our Health Informatics Graduate Programs FAQ page

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Admissions

Please visit our Health Informatics Admissions page for additional information on program perquisites, application requirements, and the full application process.

  • How do I get started?

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis three times per year. Contact an Enrollment Counselor for program and enrollment information:

    Undergraduate Program
    ☏ (855) 751-4446
    informatics-ug@une.edu

    Graduate Programs
    ☏ (855) 751-4445
    informatics@une.edu

  • What are the educational requirements for admission?

    Applicants must possess either a high school diploma or verification of a completed GED program. Additionally, all applicants are required to provide proof of an Associate’s Degree or the accumulation of at least 60 credits from a regionally accredited college or university.

Registration

  • How many terms do you offer per year?

    The online Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics offers three subscription periods per year: spring, summer and fall. Each subscription period is 16 weeks. Students can take as many competencies as they feel they are able to successfully complete within the 16-week period. Student Advisors are available to provide guidance to enrolled students on the number of competencies that they commit to complete by the end of the subscription period.

  • What is the difference between a subscription period and a term?

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics program follows a subscription period model. Each subscription period is 16 weeks. Students can take as many competencies as they feel they are able to successfully complete within the 16-week period. Student Advisors are available to provide guidance to enrolled students on the number of competencies that they commit to complete by the end of the subscription period.

  • What is the difference between a competency and a credit?

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics  program follows a competency based model. Competency Based Education (CBE) is an education delivery model that puts an emphasis on mastering content rather than time spent in class. Its purpose is to ensure that students leaving the program are successfully equipped with all of the competencies required to succeed in their area of study. Students are able to attempt competencies multiple times until they are completed successfully.

    Each competency is equivalent to 0.5 credit hours. Students must complete 120 competencies in order to graduate.

  • How many competencies will I take per subscription period?

    Before the start of each subscription period you will consult with the Student Success Coach to select a pathway. This pathway will dictate the number of competencies that you commit to complete by the end of the subscription period. The student will also work with the Student Success Coach to create a Target Academic Plan (TAP) which will create an outline and plan to guide the student through the program at a pace that works for the student while still fulfilling the requirements of the program. The TAP will help to keep the student on track and will aid the Student Success Coach in helping to understand the goals of the student.

    NOTE: The pathway marks your status as a full time or half time student and therefore dictates eligibility for student loan deferment and/or financial aid.

    Accelerated Path: A student who intends to complete the maximum number of competencies per subscription period. This path is for a student that wishes to complete their degree as quickly as possible. This is equivalent to a full time student. The student must complete a minimum of 30 competencies during a single subscription period (15 credit hours).

    Precision Path: A student who intends to complete the minimum number of competencies to be eligible for Federal Financial Aid: 14 competencies per subscription period (7 credit hours). This path is for a student that wishes to complete their degree at a more traditional, part-time pace.

    Professional Path: These students may want to alter their plan significantly per subscription period and are not confined by requirements of Federal aid. These students must still complete in the 5 year maximum academic timeframe.

  • What is considered full-time student status?

    Before the start of each subscription period, students will consult with the Student Advisor to select a pathway. This pathway will dictate the number of competencies that a student commits to complete by the end of the subscription period. The pathway also marks your status as a full time or half time student and therefore dictates eligibility for student loan deferment and/or financial aid.

    To be considered full-time, students must follow the Accelerated Path and complete a minimum of 30 competencies during a single subscription period.

    NOTE: It is possible to register for additional competencies. Students are able to register for more. Student Advisors are available to provide guidance to enrolled students the number of competencies that you commit to complete by the end of the subscription period.

Degree Requirements

  • Are any campus visits required?

    No. The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics is completely online with no campus visits required.

  • How would you describe typical competency assignments?

    In order to successfully complete a competency, the student will need to complete all assignments that are included under that competency. There can be between 1 and 5 assignments that are associated with each competency. A completed competency will be worth 0.5 credit hours. In order to successfully complete an assignment, the student will need to earn marks of “mastered” or “distinguished performance” on all evaluation criteria. Assignments may be attempted more than once until all evaluation criteria are met.

  • How many hours should a student reserve for each competency?

    Before the start of each subscription period you will consult with the Student Success Coach to select a pathway. This pathway will dictate the number of competencies that you commit to complete by the end of the subscription period as well as the rate of completion for each student.

    Full Time (Accelerated Path)=Average a rate of 1.5 competencies completed per week

    Half Time (Precision Path)= Average rate of .88 competencies per week

  • Can I complete the Master of Science in Health Informatics while working full time?

    Yes. this program is specifically designed with the working professional in mind. 

  • How long does it take to complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics program?

    Before the start of each subscription period you will consult with the Student Success Coach to select a pathway. This pathway will dictate the number of competencies that you commit to complete by the end of the subscription period as well as the rate of completion for each student.

    Accelerated Path: A student who intends to complete the maximum number of competencies per subscription period. This path is for a student that wishes to complete their degree as quickly as possible. This is equivalent to a full time student. The student must complete a minimum of 30 competencies during a single subscription period (15 credit hours).

    Students following the Accelerated Path can complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics  in as little as 6 months – 2 years.

    Precision Path: A student who intends to complete the minimum number of competencies to be eligible for Federal Financial Aid: 14 competencies per subscription period (7 credit hours). This path is for a student that wishes to complete their degree at a more traditional, part-time pace.

    Students following the Precision Path can complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics in as little as 2 – 3 years.

    Professional Path:
    These students may want to alter their plan significantly per subscription period and are not confined by requirements of Federal aid.

    Students following the Professional Path must still complete in the 5 year maximum academic timeframe.

  • What are the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics degree requirements?

    Students must complete 120 competencies in order to earn the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics degree.

  • When will my transcript be available?

    Currently enrolled students may view and print an unofficial transcript anytime from U-Online. Requests for official or unofficial transcripts may require up to a five business day turnaround. Please always check your unofficial transcript at U-Online for accuracy before you request an official transcript.  

    Methods of Request:

    1. Official College Transcripts may be requested through self-service on U-Online 24/7.  Go to: Student Services, then Records, then select Request Printed/Official Transcript
    2.  You can print the Transcript Request Form, then mail or FAX it as indicated by the directions on the bottom of the form.  On the form, please check “Online / Distance Learning.”  

    Please note that no official transcript will be issued until all financial obligations have been met. If you have additional questions, please call the Registrar’s office at (207) 602-2473 to speak with a representative of Registration Services.

  • What will my transcript show?

    Your transcript will be issued by the University of New England. Transcripts are issued only at the verified request of the student and will demonstrate both completed competencies and those in progress as well as how they equate to credit hours.

Student Support

  • What kind of support will I receive as a student?

    As a competency based education student you will have access to several resources. The two most important are your student success coach and your faculty mentor.

    Student Success Coach – The success coach will serve as a resource throughout the course of the program. They will assist you with creating a target academic plan for the subscription period, work on deadlines and will be able to direct you to other University resources as you may need them.

    Faculty Mentor – A faculty mentor will be assigned to a group of competencies in their area of specialty. The faculty mentor will assess student assignments and assist the student with questions about the content of the course. .

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Competency Based Education

Learn more about competency-based education and the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics program offered at the University of New England.