The bachelor's and master's degree programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
The program culminates in an intensive, "in the classroom" session at our main campus in Duluth, Minnesota. During this onsite capstone experience, students take two of the core graduate courses and engage in community and professional development.
It is designed to integrate learning, team building, and networking. Students and alums who have attended the onsite capstone session have affirmed that the experience is an integral and valuable part of our program.
During the on-site experience, students take two courses:
Students are generally in class from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until noon on Friday*, and participate in networking, socializing, and other learning activities as scheduled in the evenings. Students also present their capstone projects to students, faculty, staff, invited guests, and others in the HIM professional community during a poster session.
Yes, it is required for completion of the M.S. in HIM and M.S. in HIM/ITL programs and cannot be taken through a virtual medium.
The onsite capstone is one week in duration. The session begins with orientation and Graduate Seminar on Sunday afternoon, as well as a welcome reception Sunday evening. Courses begin on Sunday afternoon and conclude on Friday at noon.
Duluth, Minn., (CSS Main Campus) in June.
The student is responsible for paying his/her own transportation (airfare, bus, train, or auto), lodging, and most evening meals. Breakfast and lunch are provided by the College's food service Monday through Friday.
Yes, student housing is available for rent on campus. Students may also stay at a local hotel, or with friends or family in the area; however, we strongly recommend that students stay on campus or as close to campus as possible to fully engage in learning and community. It is expected that all students are available to attend social events and team work that is sometimes scheduled in the evenings.
No, courses will have both pre- and post-coursework associated with them. Pre-coursework is typically disseminated one or two months in advance of the session of the actual onsite date and includes reading and other various assignments to prepare you for your in-class work. Post-coursework (exams, research papers, and/or projects) will be required after the session as detailed by the faculty member(s) teaching the course.
*Note, specific days, times, and schedules are subject to change depending on course activities. Students should not make travel arrangements until they receive final details from HIIM faculty/staff, approximately 2 months prior to the session.
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The University Partnership for Health Information (UP-HI) is a partnership St. Scholastica has formed with the University of Minnesota.
UP-HI has been awarded a grant by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for over $5 million to provide university-based training in health information technology for all six ONC identified vital health IT roles.
Visit the UP-HI website for more details.