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We offer two Prior Learning Assessment courses, a way for students to obtain credit for prior learning.

JeffTypically, students who have a minimum of five years’ experience in the healthcare industry may possess enough knowledge to be successful.  Students interested in learning more about the process can contact the Center for Individualized Learning (303-556-8342) located in the Administration Building or speak to an advisor in the Program or Department.  


You may obtain the textbook for the course to study for the examination in advance of taking the test.    

HCM 3010: Shi, Leiyu and Singh, Douglas A. (2015)  Delivering Health Care in America,(6th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett

HCM 3600: Wager, K.A., Lee, F.W. & Glaser, J.P. (2013) Health Care Information Systems, (3rd ed.).  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


The Center for Individualized Learning will work with you to understand and navigate the process.   Once you have obtained permission to take the exam from the Center for Individualized Learning, the Application for Credit by Examination form will need to be completed.  The student will take the form to the Bursar’s office to pay.   After paying, the student will return with the receipt to the Center for Individualized Learning and then the student will need to set up an appointment with the MSU Denver Assessment and Testing Center.  They will verify the student’s identification; provide a secure, quiet space to take the exam; and provide the student the exam at a mutually acceptable time. 


The test will be timed and you cannot use any materials (books, notes, Internet) while taking the exam.  The test will be returned to the Department for grading. A faculty member in the Program or the Department will determine if you have passed the examination with a grade sufficient to obtain credit.   Signatures are needed from the faculty member, Chair, and Dean, so that the form can be sent to the registrar to enter credit on the student’s transcript.   The student may take the examination a maximum of two times.  


The cost of the credits is half the tuition for the course and must be paid whether or not the examination is passed.  You will receive 3 credits on a pass/fail basis.  These credits are treated as non-resident (transfer) credits and will not count towards the 30 minimum resident credits required for a Bachelor’s degree at MSU Denver.


Students who take the examination to earn credit for a course will need to address the following student learning objectives for HCM 3010:

  • Examine the development of health organizations.
  • Assess the function of different types of health care organizations and providers.
  • Describe the organizational structure of the health care system and the components that comprise the various sectors of the industry.
  • Assess the effects of governmental regulations on health care organizations.
  • Analyze how the changing social and cultural trends of the nation affect the pluralistic health care system.
  • Analyze the present and future effects of legislation on a health care organization.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of economic factors affecting health care organization.
  • Critique various models of financing health care.
  • Evaluate the significant social, physical and environmental determinants of health and disease.


  • Examination of the mission and roles of Information Technology in a complex healthcare environment.
  • Formulation of the characteristics for a successful Chief Information Officer.
  • Appraise the impact of healthcare changes upon Information Technology.
  • Differentiation between various high performance information technology tools used in the healthcare enterprise.
  • Evaluation of the core competencies required of information technology professionals for success.
  • Investigate the vital elements of the change management process required in any information technology implementation.
  • Identify various stakeholders in the healthcare enterprise and create a focus on critical issues.
  • Understand the elements of the formulation and implementation of an integrated information technology project.

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