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Post-BS HI Certificate FAQs

Contact Information:

Tuition Fees and Reimbursement :

How much will the program cost?

The tuition for the program is based on the University's tuition schedule which can be found on the Bursar's Office homepage.  Please note the program is offered through the College of Public Health (CPH) so tuition is based on the CPH part-time rates.  The tuition is also adjusted based on whether you are a Pennsylvania resident.  Please note there are fees, including application fees, that will be applied.

Can I apply for tuition reimbursement for the post-BS HI certificates?

Certificate candidates are encouraged to contact their employer’s HR Department to determine if tuition reimbursement is available.


Do I need to send all of my transcripts even if I received my baccalaureate degree from Temple?
Yes. To apply to any program at Temple University you must submit all of your prior transcripts for any credit-bearing education you received at a college or university, even if it was just one course or the course was taken at Temple University.

Where should transcripts be sent?
Official copies of each transcript should be sent to:

Division of Health Information Management
College of Public Health
Ritter Annex 524
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Attention: Post-BS Health Informatics Applications

If I already have a graduate degree, do I still need all my prior transcripts?
Yes. Temple University requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Requirements for Admission:

How do I submit recommendations?
Please request that your evaluator email an electronic version of your Recommendation Form to Joe Hines at hlthinfo@temple.edu

Do I need a prior faculty member as a recommendation?
No.  Although many applicants do ask prior faculty members for evaluations, professional recommendations are accepted and encouraged.

What is the required GPA for admission into the post-BS in Health Informatics Certificate program?
An applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a baccalaureate degree conferred from an accredited college or university.

When do I need a TOEFL exam and what is the acceptable score?
Information pertaining to the Graduate School's requirements for and acceptable scores for the TOEFL exam are available on the International Applications page.

How does the admission process work?

Please refer to Applications Process Link

Is there an application deadline for Spring admissions?
Interested  candidates must apply by August 1 for Fall admission.

Program Logistics:

When and where will courses be offered?
The program is designed to be a part-time program for working professionals. Classes are offered online.


Application of Post-BS Certificate to MSHI

Will my credits in the post-BS certificates transfer to the MSHI?

If you have a cumulative GPA  of 3.25 in the certificate courses,the credits earned will transfer to Temple University’s MSHI degree.  You may be eligible for admission into the MSHI if you have satisfied 4 of the 10 required courses.    Based on your educational and professional background, you may also need to take up to three pre-requisite courses to provide an overview of the body of knowledge in health information.

How long will it take me to complete the MSHI after I have obtained an HI certificate?

Depending on scheduling of classes and whether you need to take pre-requisite course work, you could complete your degree in two years on a part-time basis.

How would I apply to the MSHI program?

The MSHI application process is described here.

You will need to provide your updated Temple transcripts and any other transcripts from courses taken since you submitted your admission paperwork for the certificate.  You will also need to submit an updated CV. 


Each student at Temple has a unique numeric identifier which is used throughout your time as a student at the University.  Joe Hines will email your TUID once your registration has been posted. 

How do I activate my Accessnet Account?

What is an accessnet account?

Each student is assigned an Accessnet username.  This provides you access to Temple’s learning management system (Blackboard), the main communication method for students and faculty, as well as Temple’s portal, TU Portal.
If you do not attend class in a semester your accessnet account which gives you privileges to register, access your academic history, access blackboard, etc. will be deactivated.

How do I activate my account?

To activate your Temple AccessNet account, follow these three steps.  Note:  You may need to wait 24 hours if you received an email regarding activating your account:
1. Go to the http://accounts.temple.edu web site and click I am a new student, new employee or new authorized guest and would like to activate my AccessNet account.
2. Enter your last name, nine-digit TUid, and date of birth.
3. Make note of your AccessNet username as it displays on the screen. Then, follow the screen prompts to create your security questions and password.

Once you have your AccessNet username and password, you can log into the http://tuportal.temple.edu web site to access Temple's many online resources. If you have any questions concerning your AccessNet account, please call the Temple Computer Services Help Desk at 215-204-8000. If you need assistance registering for courses, please contact your academic advisor.

Payment for Classes

  • Once a registration is entered into the university’s system, a tuition bill is automatically generated.
  • Tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's site. 

Drop/Withdrawal Policy

  • The last day to drop a course and receive a refund is posted on the academic calendar.
  •  If you drop after the specified date, the course will remain on your transcript (there will be a “W”-withdraw- rather than a grade), and you will be responsible for paying for the course.  Simply failing to attend a class does not change the payment due or entitle you to a refund.  After this date, you are responsible for full payment of all tuition and fee charges.