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Health information technicians 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.

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 Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate 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.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Health Information Technology

Make a difference in the quality of healthcare.

Prepare with real-world experience.

Health information technicians 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.

Career Facts

$35,900

Median salary for Health Information Technicians

15%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$52,630

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

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Overview

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

Course Information

Health Information Technology Major Requirements65 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HIT 100

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Healthcare Delivery Systems 4
HIT 101A

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

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

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of organization and supervision in order to develop effective skills in leadership, motivation, and team-building techniques. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A
Organization and Supervision 4
HIT 201

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A
Healthcare Statistics 2
HIT 211

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B-or better in HIT 101A, B- or better in HSC 104, B- or better in HSC 206, B- or better in MED 103, B- or better in SCI 100F, Program Director / Dean Approval.
Coding/Classification Systems I 4
HIT 212

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 211
Corequisite(s):
HIT 213
Coding/Classification Systems II 4
HIT 213

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes basic coding principles of CPT/HCPCS. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 211
Corequisite(s):
HIT 212
Coding/Classification Systems III 4
HIT 214A

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 212, HIT 213
Corequisite(s):
HIT 235
Coding/Classification Systems IV 2
HIT 221B

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 231A
Clinical Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 4
HIT 231A

4 Quarter Hours

Includes an in-depth study of current legal and ethical issues applicable to health information, including HIPAA Privacy and safety rules. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 101A
Legal and Ethical Issues 4
HIT 235

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

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

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 Experience 4
HIT 291

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. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HIT 212 or HIT 213.
RHIT Review 2
HSC 104

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the study of diseases. Emphasis will be on the definition, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases. This course will concentrate on clinical abstracting from the medical record. A grade of B- or better must be maintained to satisfactorily complete this course. HIT students must get a grade of B- or better to satisfactorily complete this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI100F or SCI102C
Introduction to Disease 4
HSC 151

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 Records 2
HSC 206

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. HIT students must get a grade of B- or better to satisfactorily complete this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 100F or SCI 102C, Program Director / Dean Approval
Basic Pharmacology 4
MED 103

4 Quarter Hours

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

Medical Terminology 4
SCI 100F

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body 4
WRK 291B

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 Strategies 1
General Education Requirements26 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELECT 120A

4 Quarter Hours

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

Communication Elective 4
ENG 101

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 I 4
ENG 102

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 II 4
INF 161

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 Society 2
MTH 108

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 Application 4
SPK 201

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 Communication 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 101

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 Relations 4
PSY 111

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 Psychology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 91
Program Description

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).

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.

Program Status: Open Enrollment

Mission

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 & Student Learning Outcomes

Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy Robbins, MHSA, RHIA 
Interim Director
Office: (586) 790-2818
Fax: 586-790-9488
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

Program Performance

Program Performance

First attempt RHIT exam
Pass Rate, 2014-2015
Program Performance
Allen Park 55%
Clinton Township 83%
Flint 85%
Jackson 78%
RHIT exam Pass Rate,
2013-2014
Program Performance
Allen Park 57%
Clinton Township 80%
Flint 84%
Jackson 100%

Program Performance for 10/1/13 – 9/30/14

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.
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