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).
Onsite Capstone Experience | M.S. HIM Online
What is the onsite capstone experience?
The program culminates in an intensive "in the classroom" session at our main campus in Duluth. During this capstone experience, students take two 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.
What happens during the onsite capsone experience?
During the onsite experience, students take two courses:
- HIM 6523 - Graduate Seminar
- HIM 6524 - Strategic Management in Healthcare
Students are in class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through 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.
Is the onsite capstone required?
Yes, it is required for completion of the MS in HIM and MS in HIM/ITL programs and cannot be taken through a virtual medium.
What is the length of the onsite capstone experience?
The onsite capstone is one week in duration. The session begins with a welcome reception on Sunday evening. Courses begin on Monday at 8 a.m. and conclude on Friday at approximately 5 p.m.
Where and when is the onsite capstone experience held?
Duluth, Minnesota (CSS Main Campus) in June.
In addition to tuition, books and course fees, what are the expenses associated with the onsite sessions?
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 Monday through Friday in the college's Greenview Dining Room
Is student housing available?
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.
Will the onsite courses be completed during the one-week session?
No, courses will have both pre- and post-coursework associated with them. Pre-coursework is typically disseminated one or two months in advance of 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.
How do I prepare for the onsite experience?
- It is extremely important to come fully prepared (complete all pre-course assignments and readings).
- Come fully rested as it is an intensive week, with long hours.
- Travel arrangements will need to ensure arrival and departure times that allow you to attend the entire onsite session.
- If employed, make arrangements well in advance for the time off, as there will be little or no time for work during the onsite session.
Will I have time to socialize with family and friends, or do some sightseeing?
- If would like time to visit family and friends or do some sightseeing, we encourage you to arrive a few days early or extend your stay longer.
- If you are traveling with family or friends, please let them know that there will be limited time available to spend with them.
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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.