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Health Information Management Specialization Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Courses

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits
BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits
ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required courses:

MAT1050
College Algebra

Learners in this course evaluate and perform linear, exponential, logarithmic, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. Learners then apply these concepts to the social and natural sciences, business, and everyday life.

6 quarter credits
MAT2051 *
Discrete Mathematics

This course presents an overview of mathematical analysis techniques. Learners apply number logic and set theory, functions and sequences, relations equivalence, partial order, digraphs, recurrence relations, counting techniques, logic and techniques of proof, graphs, and algorithms to the fields of business and information technology. Prerequisite(s): MAT1050.

6 quarter credits

 

Additional Program Requirements

 

Core courses

 

54 quarter credits

IT1006
Information Technology Concepts and Practices

Learners in this course use fundamental terminology, concept analysis, and practical knowledge of the components of computing systems to develop their understanding of the information technology field. Throughout the course, learners also build, demonstrate, and apply skills needed for professional communication. For BS in Information Technology learners only. Learners may only receive credit for IT1006 or IT3006. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
-or-
IT3006
Communication Strategies for the Information Technology Professional

In this course, learners analyze contemporary topics from the field of information technology. Learners gain knowledge and experience in computing systems and systems requirements, options, and issues. Learners also strengthen and apply skills needed for professional communication. For BS in Information Technology learners only. Learners may only receive credit for IT1006 or IT3006. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

IT2230
Introduction to Database Systems

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of databases and database management systems (DBMS). Learners demonstrate vocabulary, component requirements, sorting and querying, and maintenance of simple databases using the fundamentals of database manipulation. Learners also apply Structured Query Language (SQL) and relational database management systems (RDBMS).

3 quarter credits
IT2249
Introduction to Programming with Java

This course introduces learners to the programming discipline and prepares them to serve as Java programmers. Learners study and apply the fundamentals of the Java programming language such as data types, variables, expressions, statements, and methods. Learners also examine and practice the Java-object-oriented features of classes and objects. The course offers numerous opportunities for analyzing, designing, coding, testing, debugging, and evaluating Java programs in an authentic Java development environment.

6 quarter credits
IT2250
Introduction to Network Technology

This course introduces learners to the key concepts underlying Local Area Network (LAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN). Learners examine the layered architecture of the network protocol stack, including the OSI and the TCP/IP models, and apply the principles of designing networks and implementing network protocols. Learners also apply topics of network topologies, cloud computing, networking devices, cabling, and basic network security.

3 quarter credits
IT3165
Ethics for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course identify and apply their knowledge of inherent ethical concerns in the information technology profession to cultural and human interaction in global and domestic issues. Learners also show evidence of their understanding of ethical codes related to web technologies, intellectual property, and cybercrime.

3 quarter credits
IT3212
Introduction to Web Development

This course focuses on the development of fundamental web design and development skills. Learners create web pages using HTML5 markup language and apply contemporary design principles to create a W3C compliant website. Learners format the page layout, structure, and visual design elements using CSS3, with emphasis placed on effective coding, visual design, and user experience.

3 quarter credits
IT3215 *
Introduction to JavaScript

This course introduces JavaScript for interactive web pages. Learners in this course cover the JavaScript scripting language essentials, including flow control, form validation, animation, and Document Object Model (DOM) manipulation. Learners develop client-side, platform independent functionality using JavaScript to enhance user experience with HTML5 and CSS3. This course provides a foundation for other web technologies such as jQuery and AJAX. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT3212.

3 quarter credits
IT3225
Business Goals for the Information Technology Professional

This course focuses on core enterprise organizations, business processes, and information technology infrastructures. Learners display their understanding of the value of information technology in achieving organizational maturity. Learners in this course apply their knowledge of the relationship that exists between an enterprise organization’s business and information technology goals with operational models.

3 quarter credits
IT3301 *
User Experience and Interaction Design

In this course, learners explore the boundary between humans and technology with a focus on the human factors that influence the design of effective interfaces and engaging user experiences. Learners analyze designs for enterprise, mobile, and web interactive environments. Learners also define user characteristics, design for accessibility, and appraise usability. Prerequisite(s): IT2240 or IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3315
Hardware and Operating Systems

In this course, learners demonstrate their knowledge of hardware and operating systems, focusing on peripherals and file management. Learners use modern operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MacOS to demonstrate their skill with hardware and operating systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3318
Systems Administration

This course provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the foundational skills and knowledge required of a systems administrator. Learners employ tools and procedures to install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain modern computer systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3345 *
Software Architecture


In this course, learners demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the fundamentals of software engineering and architecture. During a course-long project, learners create a Software Development Plan (SDP) to use as a foundation for future software development projects within an organization. Other topics include software process models, project definition, project organization, validation plan and version control. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT3349 *
Intermediate Java Programming

This course focuses on beyond basic features and techniques of the Java programming language. Learners study and practice advanced object-oriented programming concepts like inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, and abstract classes. Learners also cover programming Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications with Java and the Java rich library of data structures like lists, stacks, and queues. Learners apply these features and techniques to develop applications of moderate complexity. Prerequisite(s): IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3355 *
Network Architecture

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge and skills with the fundamentals of network architecture. Learners apply knowledge of network characteristics and network topologies to develop a scope document for a proposed network architecture. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2250.

3 quarter credits
IT3358
Information Security Concepts for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of information security fundamentals. Learners apply their understanding of the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability to the basics of access control and network security measures.

3 quarter credits
PM3000
Principles of Project Management

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamental basics of project management and gain a broad overview of project management standards and their applicability to both business and IT projects. This course emphasizes management theories, concepts, tools and techniques defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) including the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. This course also introduces other project management methodologies and frameworks, including Agile (Scrum, Lean, DSDM and XP), PRINCE2®, Waterfall, and Six Sigma. Finally, learners study project politics and ethics, collaboration and team building, and leadership.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

42 quarter credits

HIM4610
Medical Terminology

Learners in this course develop an understanding of medical terminology used within health care. Learners analyze prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms, and practice correctly pronouncing, spelling, and using medical terms in the appropriate contexts.

6 quarter credits
HIM4620 *
Data Management in Health Information Systems

In this course, learners examine the operational and financial principles of managing health data from multiple source systems. Learners gain and demonstrate an understanding of various data integration tools and techniques used to support clinical information systems, including data warehousing, batch processing, and interface engines. Learners also examine and apply network and database design and architecture and their effects on source system development. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4630 *
Statistical Analysis for Health Information Management

In this course, learners develop a working knowledge of basic statistical strategies and tools used to analyze and interpret health care data, including pattern recognition; data classification; and data mining, modeling, and sampling. Learners also evaluate the resources that provide health care information and support health information integrity and data quality. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4640 *
Electronic Health Records and Health Information Systems

Learners in this course build their knowledge of health data management history and the role of the electronic health record (EHR) in health care organizations. Throughout the course, learners identify the characteristics of the EHR and other clinical systems, develop their skills in using an EHR, and evaluate the standards being developed to encourage EHR interoperability and data sharing. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4650 *
Decision Support and Quality Management in Health Information Management

In this course, learners examine decision-support practices and quality-management techniques used to improve the quality of health care. Learners apply decision-modeling techniques and evaluate the impact of clinical information systems on the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care data. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4660 *
Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics in Health Care

Learners in this course gain a legal and ethical overview of the health information industry, including the role of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Learners analyze security and privacy issues related to gathering and sharing health data and examine the legal constraints of transmitting data outside the parameters of treatment, payment, and health operations. Prerequisite(s): HIM4610.

6 quarter credits
HIM4670
Health Information Systems and Management

Learners in this course examine health care systems and health information management in the United States. Learners examine organizational relationships, business associations, and market forces that affect the health care system. In particular, learners build knowledge of leadership and management theories for health care systems and health information management.

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

33 quarter credits

 

Choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

 

Capstone course

 

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

IT4990
Information Technology Capstone Project

In this course, learners apply knowledge and skills from other courses as they develop a project that benefits an organization, community, or industry. Learners prepare a proposal that includes a project description, deliverables, completion dates, and associated learning. Upon approval from the instructor, learners execute the proposal, record their progress weekly using a project tracking website, and produce a final project report. For BS in Information Technology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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If you’re highly motivated, looking to save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session — you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

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