Make a difference in the quality of healthcare.

Prepare with real-world experience.

Health information technologists are the information center of today’s healthcare industry. They work closely with the medical team to ensure health records are accurate and complete. Then, they organize, manage, and share that information with healthcare delivery systems that use the data to assess clinical quality and improve safety and efficiency.

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FAQ'S

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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During my second semester, I had a job offer, and by the third, I was employed in two different agencies.

Phil Cornelius
Health Information Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Health Information TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

Make a difference in the quality of healthcare.

Prepare with real-world experience.

Health information technologists are the information center of today’s healthcare industry. They work closely with the medical team to ensure health records are accurate and complete. Then, they organize, manage, and share that information with healthcare delivery systems that use the data to assess clinical quality and improve safety and efficiency.

Discover Your Future Health Information Technology Career

Career Facts

$34,160

Median salary for Health Information Technicians

22%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$49,330

Median salary for First-line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

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Overview

Baker’s Health Information Technology associate degree program gives you the tools, knowledge, and training you need to gather, organize, and manage health information. It’s a program designed to prepare you for the real world—a combination of classwork and internship experience, in a curriculum based on the input of actual employers and taught by professionals who have worked in the industry. 

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) National Certification examination, and ready to begin your heath services career. 

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Health Information Technology Major Requirements71 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HIT 100
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes an in-depth study of the health information management profession, opportunities and career options in health information, healthcare delivery systems, healthcare reimbursement overview, and accreditation and certification applicable to health records, including paper/hybrid/EHR formats; storage.

Healthcare Delivery Systems4
HIT 101A
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes an in-depth study of origin, use, content and structure of health records, including paper/hybrid/EHR formats; storage and retrieval systems; numbering and filing systems; documentation requirements; forms and screens designs and content; use and structure of healthcare data and data sets; and how these components relate to primary and secondary record systems.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 151
HIT 100
Health Data Content and Structure4
HIT 103A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of organization and supervision in order to develop effective skills in leadership, motivation, and team-building techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A
Organization and Supervision4
HIT 201
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2 Quarter Hours

Includes an in-depth study of health statistics (sources, definitions, collection, reporting, presentation, and analysis of data). Special projects, policies, and procedures will be used to enhance the student's ability to house healthcare data.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A
Healthcare Statistics2
HIT 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes basic coding principles of ICD-10-CM/PCS and provides an introduction to the different types of nomenclatures and classification systems.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A, HSC 206, SCI 102C, SCI 211
MED 103
Coding/Classification Systems I4
HIT 212
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces advanced coding principles of ICD-10-CM/PCS. Projects will include the hands-on coding of actual medical records and computerized coding systems.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 211
Corequisite(s):
HIT 213
Coding/Classification Systems II4
HIT 213
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes basic coding principles of CPT/HCPCS.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 211
Corequisite(s):
HIT 212
Coding/Classification Systems III4
HIT 214A
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2 Quarter Hours

Expands coding principles of ICD-10-CM/PCS accomplished in Coding/ Classification Systems I and II by simulating a coding professional practice experience. Coding skills are enhanced by use of advanced case scenarios, actual patient records, and computerized coding systems.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 212, HIT 213
Corequisite(s):
HIT 235
Coding/Classification Systems IV2
HIT 221B
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of the quality assessment process and provides a framework for gaining skills in collecting and analyzing data. Students will be introduced to federal, state, and local requirements and accrediting agency requirements as they apply to performance improvement in health care. Students will participate in simulated quality assessment and data retrieval activities.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 231A
Clinical Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement4
HIT 231A
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes an in-depth study of current legal and ethical issues applicable to health information, including HIPAA Privacy and safety rules.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A
Legal and Ethical Issues4
HIT 235
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the uses of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all healthcare settings and managed care. Students will also become familiar with the concepts of computer technology related to health care, and the tools and techniques for collecting, storing, defining, and assessing the quality of healthcare data.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 212
HIT 213. HIT 214A.
Reimbursement Methodologies and Information Management4
HIT 243A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a 120-hour, supervised, learning experience in a healthcare facility. Through this unpaid work experience, students will perform health information functions, procedures, and interact with professionals in the healthcare field.

Prerequisite(s):
Minimum GPA 2.50, Student background check, Program Director/Dean approval.
Health Information Technology Professional Practice Experience4
HIT 291
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides a consistent, accurate, and organized review of all HIT content areas in preparation for the AHIMA National Certification Examination. This is the capstone course.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 212 or HIT 213.
RHIT Review2
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101
Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HSC 206
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a theoretical foundation for the fundamental principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics and classification of drugs. A grade of B- or better must be maintained to satisfactorily complete this course.

Prerequisite(s):
Health Information majors: B- or better in SCI 102C. All other majors: C- or better in SCI 102C.
Basic Pharmacology4
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements26 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 120A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 97

Program Description

A health information technician is a skilled professional responsible for maintaining, organizing, and producing medical information. The curriculum prepares students for employment in any healthcare setting. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIT National Certification Exam. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program Status: Open Enrollment 

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform HIM functions and duties.
  • Filing and accessing paper medical records.
  • Utilize electronic equipment and medical record.
  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, clients, and providers.
  • Correctly interpret and/or clarify verbal, written, and electronic health information.
  • Prioritize, organize and apply time-management skills to disseminate accurate health information in a clinical setting.
  • Identify, recognize, maintain, organize, and disseminate accurate health information.
  • Safely access and operate equipment in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate professional and procedural judgment under stressful, emergent, and/or a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, and complex sensory stimuli).
  • Adhere to HIPAA, AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) professional standards, Baker College, and clinical site professional conduct guidelines, policies and procedures.

Career Information

Health Information Technology professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Health Information Technology professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, governmental agencies and home care providers.

With an associate degree, graduates can be employed as a health data analyst, insurance claims analyst, insurance claims analyst, records technician specialist, clinical coding specialist, physician practice manager, patient information coordinator. New health information technology graduates with an associate degree can earn $28,900 to $38,640 annually.

Mission

The mission of the Health Information Technology Program is to provide students with the opportunity to build on knowledge and develop the skills necessary to be employed as a Health Information Management professional.

Goals & Objectives
  • The primary goal of the Health Information Technology program at Baker College is to establish and maintain an educational program which is accredited and of the highest quality.
  • It is our intent to graduate students who have developed the professional and personal attitude and skills necessary to begin their careers as health information technicians and successfully pass the national examination.
  • To achieve this goal, an appropriate curriculum has been developed for the Health Information Technology program, which enables the student to demonstrate the domains, sub-domains and student learning outcomes for health information technicians. 
Program Outcomes
  • The graduate will obtain an entry-level position in any aspect of health information.
  • The graduate will demonstrate entry-level ability to understand and adapt health information management skills to a work environment.
  • The graduate will demonstrate entry-level competencies.
  • The graduate will demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in their employment.
Academic Policies & Requirements

Health Requirements

  • Prior to beginning the Professional Practice Experience, HIT243A
  • TB Test or Chest X-ray

Criminal History / Background Check

A background check is required for all students in this program. The student will be responsible for all costs associated with the background check(s). A criminal record may prevent clinical affiliation site placement and or employment opportunities. The student is required to complete and submit the background check results to the campus program director by the deadline specified. Baker College reserves the right to deny entry into or remove from a program any student whose background check reveals any felony conviction or recorded event of any nature. The student will immediately report in writing, any conviction, pending court action, or other recorded event that has not yet been reported or that subsequently occurs, to the campus Program Coordinator/Director/Dean of Health Sciences.

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification. 

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-1683; (312) 233-1100.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Re-entry Process
Eligibility for reapplication to the program is based on previous reasons for dismissal or withdrawal and is at the discretion of the Program Coordinator/Director/Dean of Health Sciences. Readmission is not guaranteed.

Reentry into some programs may be dependent upon limited program capacity and/or the availability of clinical sites.

Didactic and competency testing may be required according to accreditation, state, and/or program guidelines. Retesting may involve a fee.

Current Students

Open Enrollment

Campus Contacts

Baker College of Allen Park

Kristina Nestor, BS, RHIT
Program Director, Health Information Technology and Medical Insurance Specialist
Office (313) 425-3707
Fax (313) 425-3777
kristina.nestor@baker.edu

Tinysha Lewis, AAS, RHIT
Clinical Coordinator, Health Information Technology and Medical Insurance Specialist
Office (313) 425-3707
Fax (313) 425-3777
tinysha.lewis@baker.edu

Baker College of Clinton Township

April Martin, MSL, RHIA, CHPS, CHDA
Health Information Technology / Medical Insurance Specialist Program Director
Office: (586) 790-9426
april.martin@baker.edu

Amy S. Robbins, MHSA, RHIA
HIT Clinical Coordinator of Education / HIT Program
Office: (586) 790-2818
Fax: (586) 791-0617
amy.robbins@baker.edu

Baker College of Flint

Amy Savage,MAT,RHIA,CCS
Associate Dean in Health Sciences
Office: (810) 766-4147
amy.savage@baker.edu

Catherine Ward, RHIA
Health Science Coordinator
Office: (810) 766-4168
catherine.ward@baker.edu

Baker College of Jackson

Kathleen Pulford, MBA, RHIT
Program Director, Health Information Technology
Office: 517-780-4564
kathleen.pulford@baker.edu

Teresa Lenton, BA, RHIT
Clinical Coordinator, Health Information Technology
Office: 517-841-4536
teresa.lenton@baker.edu

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FAQ's

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Testimonial quote

During my second semester, I had a job offer, and by the third, I was employed in two different agencies.

Phil Cornelius