Online Courses for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Kaplan University offers several non-degree classes. Upon successful completion of a non-degree online course, students may transfer the credits earned toward a degree at Kaplan University (if the course is part of the Kaplan University degree program).

Students who successfully complete all of the requisite courses associated with a certificate program may petition for academic graduation from the applicable certificate program. Students must meet all additional admissions and academic graduation requirements detailed in the admissions and degree-seeking academic graduation criteria of those certificate programs.

Participants are under no obligation to enroll at Kaplan University upon completion.

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Curriculum: Undergrad

Desired Track
Undergrad
  • Undergrad
  • Grad EDU, Psych, Nursing
  • Grad Public Hlth
  • Grad Hlth Scien
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - Undergraduate Courses

    Total Social and Behavioral Sciences - Undergraduate Courses Credits: 48

    Total Program Credits: 0

    • CE 101: INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Change

      This course will present an overview of the field of early childhood development. Students will learn the foundations necessary to provide safe, healthy, high-quality care for young children. An emphasis will be placed on governing standards and regulations, historical perspectives, and current trends. This course will also focus on what it means to be an early childhood professional and will assist students in developing effective professional practices in the field.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CE 114: EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT Change

      This course surveys the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth through age 8. In order to provide developmentally appropriate care giving, nurturing, and instruction for the most important developmental years in life, topics will include: attachment issues, developmental milestones, and developmentally appropriate strategies. Using their understanding of how young children develop, students will discuss issues in early childhood care, safety and health concerns, guidance techniques, and behavioral expectations.

       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CE 215: EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM PLANNING Change

      In this course, students will study teaching methods for educational settings that serve young children. Attention will be given to developmental domains, strategies for planning, organizing the learning environment, facilitating teacher-child interactions, guiding children’s behavior, conducting lessons, assessing, care giving, supporting play, and addressing standards through integrated and emergent curriculum.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CE 220: CHILD SAFETY, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH Change

      The course is designed to help students advance their knowledge of the factors that affect the health, nutrition, and safety of the young child. Students will be able to identify common childhood illnesses and their causes, discuss the nutritional needs of healthy young children with those of children who have allergies or chronic disease conditions, discuss healthy menus using current information, and explain the basics of adequate nutrition to children and caregivers. Students also will identify safe indoor and outdoor learning activities and suggest ways to create environments that maximize safety.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CE 230: CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN Change

      This course is designed to help early childhood care professionals provide creative, developmentally appropriate practices in a child care environment. Participants will examine materials and activities that will help foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, with an emphasis on activities that encourage independence, exploration, risk-taking, and opportunities to think and act creatively.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 313: TOOLS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE Change

      This course introduces students to the concepts necessary for effectively using new technologies and digital tools. By applying these concepts to the communication context (purpose and audience), students will be able to decide what tools are most appropriate. Students will also practice using a variety of digital tools and new technologies and reflect on how they affect communication.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 385: TARGETED TOPIC IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change

      This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a behavior analyst needs to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in a variety of settings. This course will cover diverse scenarios in which the basic concepts and theories of ABA, as well as ethical considerations for responsible conduct, can be applied. Topics to be covered include behavior measurement considerations, experimental design, reinforcement and punishment, extinction, behavior change systems, intervention considerations, maintenance and generalization of skills, ethics, and supervision issues. The course content is based on the basic behavior-analytic skills and client-centered responsibilities areas of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None  

    • PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS 124 recommended

  • General Education

    Total General Education Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 0

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Health Sciences - Undergraduate

    Total Health Sciences - Undergraduate Credits: 175

    Total Program Credits: 0

    • EF 205: SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF EXERCISE AND FITNESS Change

      This course familiarizes students with the scientific basis of exercise and fitness physiology and related human anatomy, including cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology. Students learn about energy metabolism as it relates to exercise and how aging affects human physiology, exploring current strategies in exercise and fitness training to facilitate disease prevention and healthy aging.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • EF 310: CURRENT TRENDS IN EXERCISE AND FITNESS—AGING WELL ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change

      This course focuses on the issues in exercise and fitness that each major age group encounters in society today. Students learn the unique challenges that senior adults, middle-aged and younger adults, and children and adolescents are confronted with, as well as the sociological, psychological, and economic factors that can impact favorable outcomes. Motivational strategies, techniques, and plans for designing age-appropriate exercise and fitness programs will be discussed and practiced, and current research in models of exercise and fitness programs in community- and corporate-based settings will be studied and evaluated for effectiveness.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 125: HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Change

      This course introduces the history and development of the health information field and an overview of the American Health Information Management Association. The evolution of health care delivery systems, storage and retrieval methods, development of the health record, accrediting and licensing requirements, patient indexing, and typical health information functions and positions are also taught in this course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 135: LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      This course provides you with foundational theory, related to the health care industry and health information profession, necessary to support your learning in health information management courses. This course also provides you with an overview of relevant legal concepts related to the management of health information in a variety of health care settings. Topics of study include an introduction to the U.S. health care system and the health information management profession, as well as legal and ethical issues in health information management including common legal compliance issues. You will have the opportunity to utilize computerized software to perform tasks related to the release and management of the health record.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 230: QUALITY ASSURANCE AND STATISTICS IN HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      In this course, you will study performance improvement and quality assessment concepts as they relate to health information and quality care at the facility level. Team concepts, risk management, utilization management, accreditation and licensure, data quality issues, and patient outcomes are important topics in this course. You will learn the correlation of performance metrics with use of health care data for decision making in the facility.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 300: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      In this course, you 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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 305: MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 100: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE Change

      In this introductory course, you will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. You will review your chosen degree plan, exploring appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 101: MEDICAL LAW AND BIOETHICS Change

      This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 111: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 115: SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS Change

      This course introduces and provides basic practice in the three most commonly used applications in health care: word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of these programs in a health care environment and by health care professionals.

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 200: DISEASES OF THE HUMAN BODY Change

      Studies include principles of vaccinations and disease prevention, chronic diseases, diagnosis and treatments, and the economic impact. You will also learn about infectious diseases, disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. In addition, genes, mutations, inheritance, genetic diseases, cancer, and cancer treatments will be reviewed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 210: MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT Change

      The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 215: MEDICAL INSURANCE AND BILLING Change

      This course provides an understanding of health care insurance billing and insurance concepts in practice today. It includes medical insurance billing theory and methodology, and covers specific reimbursement theories, health care concepts, and the practical application of third-party insurance rules.

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 220: MEDICAL CODING AND INSURANCE Change

      Using various coding methodologies, students learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims. Students also become acquainted with various types of health insurance and insurance terminology.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 250: CARDIAC RHYTHM ANALYSIS AND TELEMETRY Change

      This course provides an in-depth overview of telemetry and why it is important to monitor a heart’s electrophysiology. The course covers basic cardiac terminology, anatomy related to the heart, electrophysiology, an introduction of monitoring principles, and an analysis of common and potentially lethal dysrhythmias, including sinus, atrial, junctional, and ventricular arrhythmias, heart blocks, pacemakers, and special considerations. Additionally, students will become familiar with regulatory and compliance standards to include patient safety, emergency response, documentation, and patient interaction skills. This course prepares students to sit for the Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician Examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 305: RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 311: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 320: MICROBIOLOGY Change

      This course introduces students to a diverse world of microorganisms including their role in health and disease. Properties of prokaryotes and eukaryotes are discussed, with emphasis on different characteristics of microorganisms including morphology, metabolism, physiochemical characteristics, and genetics. Students learn how microorganisms contribute to all areas of everyday life including food, water, environment, and industry. Important microbial diseases and the immune system and its role in fighting microbial diseases are also explored. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 410: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course centers on the foundations of health care organizations and systems, particularly the outside influences of licensing and accrediting agencies. The clinical classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures are detailed. The nontraditional role of the health information professional in management and administrative roles is also discussed. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 415: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Change

      This course addresses environmental issues and the principles, scope, and practice of environmental sciences including investigative methodologies, natural resource management, pollution prevention, and pollution control. The local, state, and federal environmental agencies and regulations governing environmental health are discussed.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 440: FINANCE FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course provides you with a description of the current financial environment in which health care organizations operate. It also supplies you, as a future health care decision-maker, with an understanding of key health care finance concepts, basic managerial and accounting principles, the budget process, and tools used for financial analysis. You will be provided focused information on financing, funding, and reimbursement of health services including for-profit, nonprofit, and managed care organizations, as well as governmental programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Discussions on the application of financial information give students useful information to make financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of an organization.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 450: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course provides a foundation in strategic management for health care organizations built on professional ethics, personal integrity, and respect for all persons. You will explore the theoretical, procedural, and cultural aspects of change management through strategic planning and organizational analysis. Evidence-based management skills are explored using the tools and techniques that monitor quality and performance compliance throughout a health care facility.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 210: COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Change

      In this course, students explore the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and become familiar with the variety of professions that compose it and their major concepts, methodological approaches, and theoretical foundations. Students investigate the multifaceted meaning of the term “holistic” and investigate how each CAM profession uniquely describes itself in light of this. Current research will be explored including the impact of the National Institute of Health’s CAM division. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 215: MODELS FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS Change

      This course introduces students to the concepts of health, healing, and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective. Students will investigate how changing ideas about religion, philosophy, science, and psychology have influenced our understanding of health, and how the practice of medicine continues to be affected by global, social, and economic pressures. Contemporary models of health and wellness will be illustrated by drawing upon selected writings from each major proponent, and students will undertake the development of an original model of health and wellness based on an understanding of and sensitivity to current geopolitical and multicultural issues. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 220: CONTEMPORARY DIET AND NUTRITION Change

      This course explores current dietary trends and examines the role geopolitical and economic forces have on our day-to-day food choices. The impact of the globalization of world food markets will be investigated, as will the ongoing controversies of genetic engineering, food-borne illnesses, and the organic food movement. The spectrum of popular diets and their advocates and critics will be discussed along with the current scientific research available for each. Students will reflect on the diversity of food choices, prohibitions, and taboos that exist within our multicultural and multiethnic communities, with an eye toward increasing awareness and sensitivity. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 420: CREATING WELLNESS—PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF HEALING Change

      In this course, students explore the burgeoning fields of meditation, “mindfulness,” and transpersonal psychology in theory and practice. Students will assess the role of personal mindset toward self and others as a foundation for wellness and appraise the impact of positive/negative relationships in maintaining good health. A wide array of source material will be studied, including current research, and the shifting paradigms of curing, healing, and wholeness will be investigated.
       

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 425: HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMMING—DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION Change

      This course acquaints students with the components and essential design elements of comprehensive health and wellness programming. Students will create programs for community and corporate settings, learning to identify key constituents and the diversity of funding sources both public and private. Instruments for measuring outcomes will be discussed for both short- and long-term programs as well as the essential administrative tasks, functions, and responsibilities required for successful results. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • NS 205: FOOD SAFETY AND MICROBIOLOGY Change

      This course covers the major issues in food safety and food microbiology. It includes the basic principles of food safety and sanitation, various microorganisms that cause foodborne illnesses, the flow of food through the food service establishment, and management’s role in training the food handler. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • NS 210: NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT Change

      This course includes the study of methods and equipment used for nutritional analysis in health, obesity, and malnutrition. Students learn how to utilize the software based on manual data-gathering systems to assess nutritional status.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • NS 321: NUTRITION PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT Change

      This course addresses nutritional planning for the maintenance of health and wellness. The studies include identification, assessment, and management of nutritional deficiencies occurring due to food choices and pharmacotherapy.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • NS 435: ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON FOOD Change

      This course presents ecological and environmental impacts on food choices and food production. Studies include the changes in food quality due to air, water, and ground pollution. Students learn the current trends in methods to prevent and manage the ecological and environmental pollution as it relates to food.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 120: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      Throughout this course you will come to understand not only what public health is, but how it works. You will explore the goals of public health and how socioeconomic status, culture, ethnicity, and religion impact the initiatives developed to achieve these important public health goals. You will examine how public health tackles and intervenes to prevent, respond to, and minimize communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and environmental health hazards. You will explore how policy development, ethics, informatics, and communications assist public health officials in achieving their goals and mission of improving health outcomes.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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