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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 Prior Learning Specialist, Danielle Forrest ( or 303-615-0408), to determine how much, if any, credit for prior learning may apply to your degree. 

Credit by Exam Process

Office of the Registrar

1) Meet with Prior Learning Specialist to determine eligibility. 

2) Complete the Credit by Examination form (be sure to review the policy and procedures on the first page prior to seeking approval). 

3) Upon review, Prior Learning Specialist will provide initial signature on form.

4) Student must secure additional approval from the appropriate instructor, department chair, and dean.

5) Student will provide approved form to the Cashier's Office and arrange for payment ($379 per course; fees are subject to change). 

6) Proof of payment must be sent to the appropriate department. 

7) Department will make testing arrangements with the Testing Center

8) Department will grade the test(s) and the result(s) are sent to the Office of the Registrar for processing. 


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 fee is $379 per 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.



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.



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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