Health Information Management Bachelor's Degree

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Health Information Management Bachelor's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Upper Division

Advanced Human Resource Management

The purpose of this course is to enable the student to develop a broad exposure to new approaches, techniques, and future trends in the management of personnel. This course includes a study of the major functions in personal management including job analysis, manpower planning, selection of personnel, performance evaluation, training and wage and salary administration.

Prerequisites: Principles of Management; Introduction to Human Resource Management or Management of Health Information Services

Course ID: B375
Credits: 4

Quality Improvement in Healthcare

This course examines methods for assuring quality in healthcare and the statistical applications of measuring outcomes. There will be an emphasis on performance improvement and the relationship between healthcare quality, organizational performance, and the role of governing and accrediting bodies in healthcare organizations. Common methods and trends in quality improvement will be explored.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Healthcare Administration or Introduction to Health Information Management

Course ID: H330
Credits: 4

Regulation and Compliance in Healthcare

This course is an exploration of the many entities that regulate healthcare delivery, from local, state, and federal government to the accreditation agencies of healthcare organizations. Issues and methods for compliance with the many laws and regulations are examined. The course provides an overview of the impact of regulatory agencies on the operation of healthcare facilities. Corporate ethics and responsibilities and the operation of healthcare as a business is explored. This course includes educational resources from Harvard Business Publishing.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Healthcare Administration or Introduction to Health Information Management

Course ID: H340
Credits: 4

Healthcare Statistics

Students will discuss and apply the common terms, formulae, and computations used in healthcare statistics through effective data collection, interpretation of information, and the display of data.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Healthcare Administration or Introduction to Health Information Management; College Math Course

Course ID: H350
Credits: 4

Advanced Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course examines ethical theories and the principles of bioethics. Students will analyze these theories and principles and apply them to ethical problems in the healthcare field. This course includes educational resources from Harvard Business Publishing.

Prerequisite: Medical Law and Ethics or Health Information Law and Ethics

Course ID: H420
Credits: 4

Information and Communication Technologies

This course is an exploration of the technologies available to manage all aspects of health information and communication, including hardware and software to ensure data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of information. Students will explore the development of networks, including intranet and internet applications to facilitate the electronic health record. Interpretation of the derivation and use of standards to achieve interoperability of healthcare information systems will be explored.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI300
Credits: 4

Health Information Management Systems

A study of the various clinical, administrative, and specialty service applications used in healthcare organizations are emphasized. This course applies information systems development concepts and interprets the systems development life cycle. Existing and emerging healthcare information systems applications will also be explored.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI305
Credits: 4

Data, Information, and File Structures

A lab-based environment to apply knowledge of database architecture and design such as data dictionary, data modeling, and data warehousing to meet organizational needs. Database management systems, data administration, and data definitions will be explored and students will utilize data storage and retrieval techniques such as query tools, data mining, report design, and search engines.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI320
Credits: 4

Financial Management of Health Information Services

An exploration of healthcare finance principles required to manage a health information management department or project. Accounting, cost accounting, budgeting, financial reports, financial management, cost benefit analysis, capitation, and cost containment techniques are introduced.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI330
Credits: 4

Project Management

An exploration of the application of general principles of project management in the administration of health information services. Students will learn to implement process engineering and project management techniques to ensure efficient work flow and appropriate outcomes.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI340
Credits: 4

Electronic Health Record Application

A lab-based course focusing on the use and application of electronic health records. Projects will be completed to simulate real-world activities that occur in the health information department and healthcare facility that will require critical thinking and problem solving.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI350
Credits: 4

Reimbursement Methodologies

A study on managing the use of clinical data required in prospective payment systems and other reimbursement systems in healthcare. Topics will include compliance strategies and reporting, chargemaster management, casemix management, the audit process, and the National Correct Coding Initiative. Students will explore payment systems such as PPS, DRGs, APCs, RBRVS, and RUGs.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI360
Credits: 4

Electronic Data Security

A study of data protection methods and monitoring including physical, technical, and managerial safeguards. Risk assessment, audit and control programs, contingency planning, and data recovery is included. Internet, web-based, and e-Health security is explored. Students will learn to enforce confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information and protect data integrity and validity.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI400
Credits: 3

Applied Research in Health Information Management

Students will complete a research project specific to HIM and will present their research to classmates and instructors using a webinar environment. Data analysis and presentation techniques will be used. Topics explored will be in adherence to Institutional Review Board processes and policies, research design and methods, knowledge-based research techniques, research protocol data management, and national guidelines regarding human subject's research.

Prerequisite: Healthcare Statistics

Course ID: HI410
Credits: 4

Health Information Management Professional Practice Experience

A 120-hour practical experience that focuses on the management of an HIM Department. This field experience will take place in a hospital or medical center setting supervised by an HIM Director or Supervisor. The experience will include operational and managerial experience and an administrative project that will benefit the clinical site. The instructor will work with the student to identify facilities that are available in the student's area of interest and will establish an agreement with the facility if one does not exist.

Prerequisite: Must be completed in the student's final quarter

Course ID: HI420
Credits: 4

Strategic Planning and Development

An exploration of the principles of developing strategic and operational plans for facility-wide systems and how to assess organization-wide information needs. Students will demonstrate and apply principles of organization behavior to facilitate team building, negotiation and change management. Strategic leadership, entrepreneurialism, and benchmarking will be explored.

Prerequisites: Program Admission

Course ID: HI430
Credits: 4

Health Data Management

This course addresses the fundamental concepts of managing health records both manually and electronically in today's healthcare facilities. This course introduces students to the practice of health information management, focusing on the content and structure of patient-identifiable data and information. This covers management issues related to paper-based record systems, including clinical documentation issues, medical word processing as a tool for documentation, forms design, storage and retrieval systems, and chart tracking. Secondary records such as indexes, registers, and registries are covered in this course, along with an exploration of data sources, data capture, healthcare information infrastructure and documentation requirements. In this course, students analyze healthcare data sets, such as the HEDIS, UHDDS, OASIS including the history, purpose, and uses of each.

Prerequisite: Program Admission

Course ID: HI435
Credits: 2

Health Information Management Alternative Facility Professional Practice Experience

This course is a 30-hour practical experience that will focus on a non-hospital environment of the student's choice. This experience is designed to assist students in exploring the diversity of the health information profession. The experience will include health information-related shadowing, observation, and/or performance of tasks and must be approved by the instructor. The instructor will work with the student to identify facilities that are available in the student's area of interest and will establish an agreement with the facility if one does not exist.

Prerequisite: Must be completed in the student's final quarter

Course ID: HI450
Credits: 1

Lower Division

Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: D132
Credits: 3

Career Development

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an in-depth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

US Healthcare Systems

This course provides an overview of the United States healthcare system. The history of the evolution of healthcare will be explored, along with the role of local, state, and federal government in healthcare delivery. An introduction to a variety of provider models and service delivery systems found in both private and public healthcare facilities will be covered, including different types of healthcare facilities. The influence of reimbursement methodologies and finance on healthcare delivery will be explored.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: H200
Credits: 4

Medical Terminology

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: M120
Credits: 4

ICD-CM Coding

This course provides in-depth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Clinical Modification (ICD-CM) using samples exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in various health care settings. Students will apply ICD-CM coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover diagnostic coding of all body systems. use of coding and grouper software will be introduced as well as the registries and indices.

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Pharmacolody for Coders; Pathophysiology

Course ID: M131
Credits: 4

ICD-PCS Coding

This course provides in-depth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Procedure Coding System (ICD-PCS) using sample exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in various health care settings. Students will apply ICD-PCS coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover procedural coding of all body systems. Use of coding and grouper software will be used as well as the use of registries and indices.

Prerequisite: ICD-CM Coding

Course ID: M132
Credits: 4

Ambulatory Care Coding

The emphasis in this course is medical coding in an ambulatory care setting. Students will develop an understanding of HCPCS coding with an emphasis on CPT.

Prerequisite: ICD-10 Coding Practicum

Course ID: M141
Credits: 3

Introduction to Health Information Management

This course introduces the student to the history of the profession of the health information technician and the management of health information. Students learn about the organization of healthcare facilities, the members of the healthcare team who contribute to and use health information, and trends in the management of healthcare records. Students will learn about the format and content of medical records, and develop a beginning knowledge of the organization and storage of health information.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: M208
Credits: 4

Medical Insurance and Billing

In this course students will receive an introduction to common 3rd party payers, insurance terminology, and medical billing. They will learn skills including claim forms preparation and processing, and electronic claim submission, and will review introductory medical coding. They will also examine plan options, payer requirements, state and federal regulations, and abstracting of source documents.

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology

Course ID: M209
Credits: 3

Quality Analysis and Management

This course covers quality improvement methodologies used in acute and long-term care, and the quality issues of health information services. This course includes data collection and compilation of healthcare statistics.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Health Information Management; Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: M211
Credits: 4

Management of Health Information Services

The study of management, supervision, and human resource principles with application to health information service departments in various healthcare settings. Students will learn how to measure and manage productivity of HIM staff and explore the HIM management role in relation to other hospital departments.

Pre- or Co-requisite: Introduction to Health Information Management

Course ID: M218
Credits: 4

Healthcare Information Technologies

This course covers the elements of the electronic health record planning and implementation process as well as the ongoing management of systems. It provides a solid background about EHR history, trends, and common challenges. Students will also explore technology and software applications in various healthcare disciplines.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Health Information Management; Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: M229
Credits: 4

Pathophysiology

Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.

Prerequisite: Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: M232
Credits: 5

Health Information Law and Ethics

A study of the impact of the United States legal system and various healthcare regulations and ethics on the health information management environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, protected health information, release of information, and professional practice law and ethics will be explored.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: M243
Credits: 4

ICD-10 Coding Practicum

This course offers a simulated practical experience utilizing medical records and coding software in an online setting under the direction of a Coding instructor.

Pre or Co-requisite: Ambulatory Care Coding

Course ID: M250
Credits: 1

ICD-10 Health Information Practicum

A simulated practical experience exploring a virtual hospital and clinic and using software and practical simulation assignments to experience real-world situations within HIM and other hospital departments. The practicum allows students to gain experience as a health information technician in a simulated healthcare work setting, and is essential to training and certification.

Prerequisites: Quality Analysis and Management; Healthcare Information Technologies; Health Information Law and Ethics

Course ID: M253
Credits: 2

Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional

This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology; Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MA135
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Upper Division

Communication (Select 1 course)

Advanced Composition

This advanced writing course is intended to help students further develop and refine their writing, researching, and analytical skills, through the application of these skills to various rhetorical situations. To achieve these goals, students will be expected to develop their ability to present their views in an organized, unified, and coherent manner to diverse audiences.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G324
Credits: 4

Visual Communication in the Media

This course examines how people understand their world through visual images. Students will examine how people visually gather, process, and interpret information presented through media sources.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G332
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

American Literature

This course surveys authors, genres, and movements in American literature from 1865 to the present, including representative works of Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Post- Modernism/Post-Structuralism. Students will engage in critical readings of exemplary literary texts from a diverse group of authors that have influenced American literature since the Civil War. Students will analyze how these works of literature exemplify particular historical moments in U.S. history, as well as how they communicate pertinent cultural issues such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual identity, community, region, and nation. In their study of the broad range of American fiction, poetry, and drama since 1865, students will analyze literary, aesthetic, and critical developments.

Prerequisites: English Composition; Introduction to Literature

Course ID: G330
Credits: 4

Contemporary World Literature: 1900 to the Present

This course explores how authors from around the world have engaged with important themes and historical events throughout the twentieth century. In studying these texts, students will examine the interplay of fiction and history, the varieties of literary style, and the qualities that link as well as distinguish works from different cultures. Students will respond to texts critically in discussion and essays, as well as research critical evaluations of literary topics, authors, etc.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G335
Credits: 4

Literature of American Minorities

This course introduces students to a variety of texts by American minority authors from the mid- 19th century to the present. The central focus of this course will be on literary responses to social marginalization based on race/ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexuality/sexual orientation, ability, and other factors. Students will study the effects of exclusionary and oppressive practices, both historical and present day, on writers' perceptions and literary representations of their times, contexts, and identity. Students will also be introduced to samples of the most common critical-theoretical approaches to the primary texts they will study in this class

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G435
Credits: 4

Political Thought

The aim of this course is to understand and appreciate some important authors and traditions of political thought. The course will cover such topics as authority, consent, freedom, and obligation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G440
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 course)

Human Uses of the Environment

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the integrated relationship between human life and the surrounding environment, beginning with a study of the fundamental concepts and principles of ecology. Topics that are interwoven throughout the course include principles of ecology as seen in the structure and function of the ecosystem; pollution of air, soil and water resources; population explosion and the relationship of people, disease, and food production; and environmental controls necessary for survival.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G328
Credits: 4

Physical Geography

This course presents a study of the development and distribution of landforms, climates, minerals, soils and water resources. Interrelationships between the physical environment and regional patterns formed by these elements are analyzed against man's utilization of them.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G346
Credits: 4

Conservation of Resources

The purpose of this course is to provide students with important principles of ecology and resource management. Emphasis will be on local, national, and global environment problems and possible solutions to these problems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G350
Credits: 4

Gender in Math and Science

This course examines the personal and collective educational experiences, career paths, and discoveries of female researchers, teachers, and practitioners in the fields of mathematics and science.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G434
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 courses)

American Religious History

"A survey of the contribution of religion to American culture, including the differences between rural and urban society, the development of religious freedom and the rise of a ""secular religion."" Examines the emergence of new forms of belief and practice and the variety of religious issues confronting American society today."

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G333
Credits: 4

Visions of America Since 1945

Since the end of World War II, popular culture has become an especially significant aspect of American history and an important element in many of our lives. Consequently, this course will explore the ways in which popular culture has represented and mediated conflicts and tensions post-World War II. Through this lens, issues of gender and family relationships, as well as class and racial politics, will be discussed. The dual role of television as a reflective and manipulative force in the new suburban family and the role Hollywood films played in the popular culture will be examined.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G380
Credits: 4

Comparative Politics

This course will introduce students to the field of comparative politics by examining classification of political systems according to institutional and developmental characteristics. Causes and costs of political stability and instability will be explored. Comparison will be made between contemporary political institutions and processes in various countries.

Prerequisite: American/U.S. National Government

Course ID: G401
Credits: 4

Work and Family

This course focuses on the overlapping worlds of work and family. It examines both the nature of the links that exist between the two major social institutions as well as the issues and problems that result from the combination of individuals' work and family responsibilities. An emphasis is placed on female labor force participation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G425
Credits: 4

Lower Division

English Composition (Required course)

English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 course)

English Composition 2

This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G126A
Credits: 4

Introduction to Communication

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G141
Credits: 4

Oral Communication

This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G227
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

Humanities

This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G125
Credits: 4

Film Appreciation

Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G145
Credits: 4

Art Appreciation

Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G147
Credits: 4

Creative Writing

This course will develop the student's talents in creative writing. Various forms of writing will be studied, such as short stories, novels, poems, plays and non-fiction. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Students will also develop editorial skills so that each writer may revise and improve his/her work. Students will compose a minimum of 6000 words over the course of the program.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G201
Credits: 4

Introduction to Critical Thinking

A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G224
Credits: 4

Introduction to Literature

This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determine literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite: none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: G230
Credits: 4

Conversational Spanish

This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G238
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (*Required, select 1 additional course)

Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G150*
Credits: 4

Scientific Literacy

In this course students will explore the role that science plays in the world. Students will survey different natural sciences such as: biology, health sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology; as well as analyze specific case studies from these fields. Throughout the course students will develop their scientific reasoning skills. They will learn about the scientific method as well as how to detect common fallacies and misuses of science.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G152
Credits: 4

General Education Mathematics

This course introduces students to topics from modern mathematics that are relevant to everyday life and not typically covered in the standard college math sequence. Students will be exposed to a variety of mathematical tools from diverse branches of mathematics. They will utilize these tools to solve interesting real-world problems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, game theory, graph theory, the mathematics of growth, applications of geometry, probability, and statistics.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G180
Credits: 4

Introduction to Human Biology

Students will explore fundamental concepts of human biology. They will examine cell structure and function, body systems, and biochemistry. They will also learn basic concepts of genetics and evolution. Students will explore the relationship of human populations and the ecosystem. Students will complete laboratory exercise coordinated with course content.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G215
Credits: 4

College Algebra

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4

Introduction to Astronomy

Examines astronomical phenomena and concepts, including the solar system, stars and galaxies, planetary motions, atoms and radiation, and the origin and evolution of the universe.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G239
Credits: 4

Introduction to Geology

Examines basic geologic principles from a physical or historical perspective. Includes such topics as the formation of rocks and minerals; internal and external processes modifying the earth's surface and phenomena; and the evolutionary history of the earth, including its life forms, oceans and atmosphere.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G245
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 courses)

Introduction to Sociology

This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G142
Credits: 4

Human Geography

This course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G146
Credits: 4

General Psychology

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G148
Credits: 4

Technology and Society

Students will examine the relationships, benefits, historical significance, and effects technology has on society. This course will investigate the local, national and global impact of technology on both individual and global cultures. This course introduces students to basic diversity and technology terms and concepts. Students will examine the influences that emerging technologies have on diversity awareness, the digital divide, and intercultural knowledge.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G149
Credits: 4

Understanding Cultures

This course is a comparative study of societies and cultures around the world and the cultures within the United States, focusing on the effects of ethnicity and race on African Americans, Latino, Asian American and Native Americans living in the United States. Topics include family, marriage, power, religion, values, inequality, social organization, language, social stratification, economic processes, conflicts and cultural and social change over time. Examples will be drawn from Africa, South America, North America, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G200
Credits: 4

Macroeconomics

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of macroeconomics, which deals with the economy as a whole. An overview of the American economy will be explored through a study of basic supply and demand analysis and a review of fiscal and monetary policy to phases of the business cycle. Unemployment, inflation, GDP, and policy decisions which affect the American economy at home and abroad will be covered.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G203
Credits: 4

Microeconomics

Students will be introduced to the field of microeconomics in this course, including theories of production, determination of prices, and distribution of income in regulated and unregulated industries. Other topics may include industrial relations, monopolies, and comparative economic systems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G204
Credits: 4

American/U.S. National Government

This course presents the development and evolution of the American national government with emphasis on the structures and processes of our representative democracy, including its ties to culture, politics and policies, political parties, and state and local governments.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G242
Credits: 4

United States History: 1900 to the Present

This course provides an overview of the history of the United States during the 20th century up until the present day. The political, social, and economic aspects of this time will be explored amid a variety of human cultures, values, and perspectives within the United States.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G270
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

Reading and Writing Strategies

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate level texts.

Prerequisite: Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4

Practical Math

Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Prerequisite: Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits

Lower Division General Education Credits: 32

Upper Division General Education Credits: 24

Lower Division Major and Core Credits: 58

Upper Division Major and Core Credits: 66

Total BS Degree Credits: 180*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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Student Investment Disclosure

  • Outcome

    Information for median loan amounts, on-time completion rates, and placement rates are unavailable for new programs (indicated with "NA*").

    • On-time Completion Rate:

      The percent of graduates who complete the program in normal time (assumes students take 12 credits per quarter)

      NA*
    • Rasmussen Placement Rate:

      Internal placement rate methodology can be found at Student Investment Disclosure main page

      NA*
  • Loan and Financial Aid

    Our SUPPORT+ team will help you complete your financial aid application and review your financial aid award letter. Contact a financial services advisor to discuss your individual needs and goals.

    • Federal Student Loans:

      Median loan debt for completers from Federal Stafford Loan program (does not include Federal PLUS loans)

      NA*
    • Private Loans:

      Median loan debt for completers from private educational loans

      NA*
    • Institutional Loans:

      Median amount that completers owe to Rasmussen College upon graduation

      NA*
  • Full-Time Tuition and Fees

    The tuition shown is the full tuition cost and does not reflect scholarships, grants, loans, or any credit transfers-all of which can lower your tuition cost. Contact a program manager to discuss your unique situation and tuition costs for your degree.

    • Tuition and Fees:

      Tuition & fees charged for completing the program in normal time

    • E-books & Supplies:

      Total cost of e-books and supplies when completing the program in normal time

      $7,350
    • Room and Board:

      Total cost of room & board is not applicable at Rasmussen College

      $0
  • SOC Code

    Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) provides a representation of occupations for which graduates typically find employment

    Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) provides a representation of occupations for which graduates typically find employment

 
 
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