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  • Curriculum: Standard Track


    Core

    100/200 LEVEL: COMMUNICATION COURSE (5  Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    100/200 LEVEL: MATHEMATICS COURSE (5 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    200 LEVEL: COMMUNICATION COURSE (5 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    300/400 LEVEL: ARTS AND HUMANITIES COURSE (6 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    300/400 LEVEL: PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSE (6 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    300/400 LEVEL: SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE (6 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    HA 255: HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course explores human resource practices in health care settings. It addresses a wide range of topics including staffing, worker safety and security, general employment practices, performance management, organizational development, and employee relations. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to implement/integrate evidence-based human resource strategies into the day-to-day management of their departments.

    Prerequisites Required:

    HS 230

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 135: LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to legal issues encountered by health information professionals including the topics of confidentiality and how to protect it, adhering to state and federal laws, responding to subpoenas and court orders, and provides an overview of the U.S. Court System.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 150: AUTOMATION OF HEALTH INFORMATION (5 Credits)

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to work within a computerized health care environment. It reinforces basic skills in applications (e.g., spreadsheets and databases), allows the health information professional to converse with IT personnel, and explores the electronic health record processes, security, and issues.

    Prerequisites Required: HS 115

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 215: REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGIES (3 Credits)

    This course will show students the reimbursement side of health care and the importance of correct coding and billing practices to both the facility and the patient. Students will gain insight into the various types of health insurance plans, and also study compliance as it relates to reimbursement. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None | Corequisite: HI 255 


     

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 230: QUALITY ASSURANCE AND STATISTICS IN HEALTH INFORMATION (5 Credits)

    In this course, students study performance improvement and quality assessment concepts as they relate to health information. Team concepts, risk management, utilization management, accreditation and licensure, data quality issues, and patient outcomes are important topics in this course. Students will compute health care and vital statistics from health care data and display data graphically. 

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 253: MEDICAL CODING I (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on established medical diagnosis and procedural coding systems including a study of nomenclature versus classification systems, basic coding principles, and application of coding guidelines in outpatient and inpatient settings.

    Prerequisites Required: Prequisite or Corequisite: SC 131

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 255: MEDICAL CODING II (5 Credits)

    This course is a continuation of HI 252: Medical Coding I, progressing to more complicated topics such as cerebrovascular coding, respiratory system coding, congenital anomalies, V-codes, late effects, and pregnancies. The course also focuses on applying coding guidelines for statistical and reimbursement purposes, “present on admission,” and severity of illness considerations, and the use of coding references to ensure coding compliance.

    Prerequisites Required: HI 253

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 111: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 140: PHARMACOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course is a systematic study of basic pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication documentation procedures.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 150 or MM 212

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 200: DISEASES OF THE HUMAN BODY (5 Credits)

    Studies include the most common diseases of bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also study alternative treatments and pain management.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 230: HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course discusses the scope and practice of health care administration. Students learn various models of health care delivery systems and social, political, individual, and organizational forces that impact health care delivery. Studies will include marketing, operations, financial, and human resources management, as well as effective communication strategies involved in health care administration.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 121: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (5 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 131: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (5 Credits)

    In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.

    Prerequisites Required: SC 121

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 300: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE (6 Credits)

    In this course, students implement and manage technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design, and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect health information are also stressed.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 305: MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the health information manager in strategic information technology system planning and administration, with an analysis of the role of project and quality management. Legal and ethical policies and procedures that ensure privacy and confidentiality will be evaluated. Regulatory requirements and accreditation issues will also be analyzed within the context of health care delivery systems. The course will prepare the student to be a leader in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in health care.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 410: ADVANCED REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGY (6 Credits)

    In this course, you will explore the reimbursement concepts practiced in health care including compliance strategies and reporting, chargemaster and case mix analysis, and compliance and reimbursement auditing. The payment systems used in commercial, managed care, and federal insurance plans, such as DRGs, RBRVS, and RUGs, will also be reviewed. Application of payment methods and calculations will be detailed and practiced.

    Prerequisites Required: Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 305: RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES (6 Credits)

    This course enables you to explore ethics within the health industry, research methods, and the evaluation of scientific literature. You will engage with health data through database querying, data extraction, and data mining opportunities. You will learn to procure appropriate metrics for analysis, utilize data mining to generate insights into health organizational outcomes, and evaluate health data to make evidence-based decisions. You will use computer software applications to manage data throughout this course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 311: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS I (6 Credits)

    In this course, you will explore the use of descriptive statistics within the health industry. You will learn to summarize data by the data center (i.e., central tendency) and data spread (i.e., variability). A focus on visual representation of data will be introduced. You will demonstrate your data analytical skills by proposing recommendations to a health industry issue based on summary statistics and/or health care or epidemiological formulae.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 312: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS II (6 Credits)

    You will collect and analyze data in order to solve health and clinical problems. In this course, you will study inferential statistics and advanced epidemiological constructs. You will study epidemiology and biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, health-based publications.

    Prerequisites Required: HS 311

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 420: ADVANCED HEALTH INFORMATICS (6 Credits)

    The health information field is strongly influenced by data and data standards. This course focuses on the structure and use of health information, storage methods, data sets, and e-health delivery. In addition, the development of clinical, financial, and decision support systems are addressed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HS 450: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE (6 Credits)

    This course addresses strategic planning and management to meet the challenges of U.S. domestic and global competition, within the context of organization development and management. Areas of concentration are organizational theory, leadership, regulatory compliance, conflict management, ethical issues related to power, teamwork, consumerism, innovation, quality improvement, health information systems strategy, and entrepreneurialism, and management of strategic alliances.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HI 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    Successful completion of this course will require 120 hours of management professional practice experience at an approved health care facility. Through this professional practice experience (PPE), you will gain managerial experience in departmental organization, data management, health care systems integration, clinical documentation coding and compliance processes, quality improvement, risk management, and project management in health care. In addition, you will gain experience with basic health information management department managerial functions. You will be evaluated on the performance of expected programmatic competencies at the end of the course. The course requires the submission of a completed managerial professional practice (PPE) capstone project.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Open Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (30 Credits)

    Total Open Electives Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Prior Degree

    Comparable Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree (90 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree Credits: 90
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    HI 300: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE (6 Credits)

    In this course, students implement and manage technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design, and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect health information are also stressed.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HI 305: MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the health information manager in strategic information technology system planning and administration, with an analysis of the role of project and quality management. Legal and ethical policies and procedures that ensure privacy and confidentiality will be evaluated. Regulatory requirements and accreditation issues will also be analyzed within the context of health care delivery systems. The course will prepare the student to be a leader in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in health care.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HI 410: ADVANCED REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGY (6 Credits)

    In this course, you will explore the reimbursement concepts practiced in health care including compliance strategies and reporting, chargemaster and case mix analysis, and compliance and reimbursement auditing. The payment systems used in commercial, managed care, and federal insurance plans, such as DRGs, RBRVS, and RUGs, will also be reviewed. Application of payment methods and calculations will be detailed and practiced.

    Prerequisites Required: Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HS 305: RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES (6 Credits)

    This course enables you to explore ethics within the health industry, research methods, and the evaluation of scientific literature. You will engage with health data through database querying, data extraction, and data mining opportunities. You will learn to procure appropriate metrics for analysis, utilize data mining to generate insights into health organizational outcomes, and evaluate health data to make evidence-based decisions. You will use computer software applications to manage data throughout this course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HS 311: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS I (6 Credits)

    In this course, you will explore the use of descriptive statistics within the health industry. You will learn to summarize data by the data center (i.e., central tendency) and data spread (i.e., variability). A focus on visual representation of data will be introduced. You will demonstrate your data analytical skills by proposing recommendations to a health industry issue based on summary statistics and/or health care or epidemiological formulae.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HS 312: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS II (6 Credits)

    You will collect and analyze data in order to solve health and clinical problems. In this course, you will study inferential statistics and advanced epidemiological constructs. You will study epidemiology and biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, health-based publications.

    Prerequisites Required: HS 311

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HS 420: ADVANCED HEALTH INFORMATICS (6 Credits)

    The health information field is strongly influenced by data and data standards. This course focuses on the structure and use of health information, storage methods, data sets, and e-health delivery. In addition, the development of clinical, financial, and decision support systems are addressed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HS 450: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE (6 Credits)

    This course addresses strategic planning and management to meet the challenges of U.S. domestic and global competition, within the context of organization development and management. Areas of concentration are organizational theory, leadership, regulatory compliance, conflict management, ethical issues related to power, teamwork, consumerism, innovation, quality improvement, health information systems strategy, and entrepreneurialism, and management of strategic alliances.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HI 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    Successful completion of this course will require 120 hours of management professional practice experience at an approved health care facility. Through this professional practice experience (PPE), you will gain managerial experience in departmental organization, data management, health care systems integration, clinical documentation coding and compliance processes, quality improvement, risk management, and project management in health care. In addition, you will gain experience with basic health information management department managerial functions. You will be evaluated on the performance of expected programmatic competencies at the end of the course. The course requires the submission of a completed managerial professional practice (PPE) capstone project.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Open Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (18 Credits)

    Total Open Electives Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

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