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Kaplan University’s identity remains that of a professional university squarely focused on advancing students’ learning and careers. At the heart of our mission are high-quality educational offerings that foster student learning with opportunities to launch, enhance, or change careers in a diverse, technologically sophisticated, and globally connected world.

Kaplan University is dedicated to serving students who may not be well served by traditional postsecondary education institutions.

  • Most of our 45,000+ degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education. 65% are older than 30; 74% are women.
  • We are a military-friendly school. Over 9,000 students are active military, veterans, or military spouses or dependents.

Satisfied Students

From our regular graduate survey, we learned that 91% of respondents believe their educational program met their expectations, 84% would recommend the University to others, and 86% reported that their education was relevant to their career goals.

Convenient Online Learning

Online education at Kaplan University is created around the principle of using advanced technology and enhanced delivery methods to make classes easy to access and use. You can navigate lessons and explore web field trips with the click of a mouse, and communicate with fellow students and faculty via email and message boards. Kaplan University offers a full range of support services, including technical support by phone, email, and live chat.

Kaplan University is committed to providing you with extraordinary convenience. The KU Campus App for your mobile device gives you on-the-go access to most of the features found on our student portal. These features include: classes, course information, discussion boards, grades and credits, financial aid information, alerts, and connecting with classmates. The KU Campus App is available for the following devices: iPad, iPhone, Android phone, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire.

The Kaplan Commitment

The Kaplan Commitment is a new way for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. There's no financial obligation beyond the application fee. It's available to new students, online or on campus.

You’ll begin the 3-week introductory period, during which you’ll get exposed to our curriculum, faculty, and classroom or online platforms. If at any point during the introductory period you decide we’re not right for you, you can opt out with no tuition cost or other financial obligation to Kaplan University, except for the application fee.

Accreditation

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Kaplan University also holds programmatic accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP), the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CDA).

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The Kaplan Commitment program allows students to assess their experience and the quality of Kaplan's education within the first 3 weeks of a term. Available to new students, online or on campus.
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Reasons to Choose Kaplan University Online:
  • Kaplan has provided over 75 years of innovation in education.
  • Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
  • Kaplan programs and schools are accredited by national accrediting bodies such as, CCNE, BACB, CNSS, CAAHEP, NAACLS and more.
  • Kaplan offers convenient online learning with 90% of students completing their coursework in online programs.
  • Kaplan graduates are highly satisfied. In a graduate survey, 91% of respondents believe their educational program met their expectations, 84% would recommend the University to others, and 86% reported that their education was relevant to their career goals.
  • Kaplan University is a military friendly school with over 9,000 students are active military, veterans, or military spouses or dependents.

Featured Programs from Kaplan University Online:



Healthcare Administration - Bachelor of Science
Advanced Start BS Degree Option Available
Accelerated BS in Healthcare Administration to MHA Option Available
Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of health care administration and management. As a graduate, you may be well equipped to further your studies and pursue a graduate-level degree. Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program blends flexible online coursework with valuable on-ground administrative experience. As part of the curriculum, you will be required to complete an externship at an approved health care facility.

The Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration could help prepare you to serve as a health care professional and to pursue supervisory roles industry wide. The program is designed to help you:
  • Understand the principles and practices of health care regarding administration, management, law, economics, and policy.
  • Study to attain skills and knowledge to handle health care-related research, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Apply management principles toward team building and collaborative decision making.
  • Consider the forces that are impacting today's health delivery systems when making health care management decisions.
  • Analyze and uphold the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health care administration.
Courses in the Healthcare Administration BS Degree program include:
  • Operational Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • Information Technology and Systems for Health Care
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Finance for Health Care
  • Organization and Management for Health Care
  • Finance for Health Care
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Development for Health Care

Master of Healthcare Administration - MHA
The Kaplan University master's degree in health care administration could help prepare you to seek leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations. Kaplan University's Master of Health Care Administration program blends flexible online coursework with valuable on-ground administrative experience. As part of the graduate curriculum, you will be required to complete an externship at an approved health care facility.

The Kaplan University master's degree in health care administration could help prepare you to seek leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations. The program is designed to help you:
  • Compare theoretical health care principles essential to leadership positions.
  • Design effective strategies based on leadership and management concepts within the health care industry.
  • Assess the impact economics, ethics, professional standards, and the law have on health care administration.
  • Develop policies and programs to address health care industry concerns.
  • Analyze statistical and financial methods in order to evaluate health care practices.
Courses in the Healthcare Administration MHA Degree program include:
  • Organizational Development for Health Care
  • Leadership in Health Care
  • Health Care Finance and Economics
  • Health Law
  • Human Resources for Health Care Managers
  • Health Care Statistics
  • Health Care Operations and Quality Assessment
  • Health Policy

Health Care Management - Master of Business Administration
The objective of the Master of Business Administration program is to help students pursue leadership positions in competitive business environments. The curriculum is designed to address this through a portfolio of practical, resume-building projects that satisfy students' intellectual curiosity as well as help them to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to make sound business and management decisions. Beyond these practical skills, the program is also designed to foster thought leadership, innovation, and corporate social responsibility in a global context. Through the inclusion of current news events, instructors ensure that the curriculum stays topical, vibrant, and relevant. You will be taught to:

  • Create value in production and distribution of goods, services, and information throughout the supply chain
  • Integrate business knowledge to take well-reasoned action in diverse situations
  • Innovate to address business issues or establish new procedures within an existing process
  • Generate a new business or establish new procedures within an existing business
  • Demonstrate the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximize organizational performance
  • Evaluate the ethical and social implications of business decisions in a global context

In the Health Care Management specialization, students will study how to navigate the rapidly growing and changing health care field. Health care is experiencing breakthrough advances in treatment, rigorous patient-privacy regulations, staffing challenges, and issues of cost control. This program is designed to help you develop the proficiencies you need to make a difference and to find solutions to real-life business situations.

Courses in the Health Care Management MBA Degree program include:
  • Health Care Systems
  • Comprehensive Health Care Strategies
  • Quality Health Care Management
  • International Health Care Systems

Health Education - Master of Science
Health educators help solve community health issues by designing and implementing educational programs that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors. The health educator collects and analyzes data to identify community needs as well as plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate health education programs that focus on individual and social health issues such as teen pregnancy, HIV prevention, and controlling the spread of infectious diseases. These may include grant writing, resource evaluations, referrals, social marketing and media, community organizing, developing training methods and materials, and publishing.

Kaplan University's program aligns with the competencies published by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). As a master's-level graduate, you may be eligible to sit for both exams.

The Kaplan University master's degree in health education could prepare you to seek leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations.§ The program is designed to help you:

  • Identify major concepts, theories, issues, and trends in health education and promotion
  • Develop and analyze health education programs using the proper concepts, principles, and methods
  • Design and critique research in health education programming
  • Gain an understanding of multicultural literacy in the field of health education and wellness
  • Support the professional standards outlined in the Health Education Code of Ethics

With a Master of Science in Health Education, you could pursue a wide range of leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, corporate, and academic settings. Typical responsibilities of a health educator may include preparation and distribution of materials; coordination and management of programs; and the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs. You may also have built a solid foundation for the further pursuit of academic degrees.

Courses in the Health Education MS Degree program include:
  • Current Health Issues for Health Educators
  • Health Education Design, Implementation, and Administration
  • Advanced Nutritional Assessment and Education for Health Educators
  • Applied Biostatistics for Health Professionals
  • Applied Epidemiology for Health Professionals


Master of Health Informatics
Kaplan University's interdisciplinary Master of Health Informatics helps prepare you to utilize information technology and information management concepts to improve the efficiency and quality of health care services. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on the relationship between information technology, people, health, and health care systems. Coursework will cover areas such as leadership in health care, epidemiology, health care data analysis, and health information systems.

You will study how to use health informatics to support data-driven improvements in clinical, financial, and public health outcomes. The program includes graduate-level courses on health informatics, health information systems, public policy, laws and legal issues, clinical taxonomies, data analysis, analytics and optimization, project management, organizational development, leadership, innovation, and research.

Kaplan's Master of Health Informatics degree is designed to prepare you to:

  • Design effective strategies based on concepts of leadership and innovation in health informatics.
  • Assess the impact that economics, ethics, professional standards, and the law have on the optimization of health informatics
  • Evaluate public policy and health care policies and procedures to support health informatics innovation across systems.
  • Formulate data to optimize financial outcomes.
Courses in the Master of Health Informatics Degree program include:
  • Health Care Statistics
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Care Data Analysis
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information


Health Information Management - Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree completion program is designed to act as the next step for individuals who already possess an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to be an innovative and adaptable critical thinker and problem solver. Individuals that possess these qualities are capable of using available services and technologies to support operations, management, and decision-making initiatives within the health information field. In addition, the curriculum encourages lifelong learning and addresses the evolving professional skills of baccalaureate degree students.

Upon graduation, you may pursue positions that require you to perform either technical or management duties within the health information field. Typical duties may include overall department management; generation and analysis of health care data; implementation of quality improvement processes, risk management techniques, compliance strategies, and reimbursement procedures; research; and evaluation of legal issues. Employment opportunities may exist within hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, home health care, consulting companies, computer software companies, and government agencies.

Program Outcomes:

  • Knowledge Base: Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the principles of planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic information systems.
  • Research Methods and Critical Thinking Skills: Apply research skills and critical thinking to create solutions for health care issues.
  • Health Care Administration: Demonstrate knowledge of the forces affecting health care delivery and health information systems.
  • Operations: Apply best practices in decision making regarding the management of health information.
  • Ethics and Professionalism: Employ the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health information management.
Courses in the Health Information Management BS Degree program include:
  • Information Technology and Systems for Health Care
  • Management of Health Information
  • Advanced Reimbursement Methodology
  • Advanced Health Informatics
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences


Master of Health Information Management
Kaplan University's interdisciplinary Master of Health Information Management program helps prepare you to pursue positions in technology-supported and information-driven health care environments. The curriculum focuses on design, selection, implementation, and support and maintenance of global health information systems. Coursework will cover areas including organizational development and management for health information, human resources for health care managers, health care financial management, and leadership in health care.

You will study how to manage health information to support data-driven improvements in clinical, financial, and public health outcomes. The program includes graduate-level courses on senior-level health information management, global health information systems design, selection, implementation, support, and maintenance, epidemiology, quality indicators, systems testing and evaluation, privacy, and decision support and outcome analysis.

Kaplan's Master in Health Information Management program is designed to prepare you to:

  • Design effective strategies based on concepts of leadership and health information management in administrative and business environments.
  • Analyze the impact of economics, ethics, professional standards, and the law on health information
  • Evaluate public policy and health care policies and procedures to support the global health information management industry.
  • Compare financial data analytics to optimize health information systems.
Courses in the Master of Health Information Management Degree program include:
  • Health Care Statistics
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Care Data Analysis
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information


Medical Assisting - Associate of Applied Science
Earning a medical assisting degree at Kaplan University is designed to prepare you to enter one of the fastest-growing, most versatile professions in the health care industry.* As a medical assistant, you will interact with patients, physicians, and other health care providers on a regular basis. Through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on training, this program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills required to become a professional medical assistant.

In the medical assisting program, you will study to develop career skills such as:

  • Assisting physicians in patient preparation and examination
  • Communicating professionally and providing instructions to patients
  • Performing routine laboratory tests, such as blood work, venipuncture, urinalysis, and electrocardiograms
  • Recording patients' vital signs and managing patient records
Courses for the Medical Assisting AAS Degree program include:
  • Introduction to Health Science
  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Coding and Insurance

Medical Office Management - Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management degree is designed to help you qualify for the position of medical administrative specialist, which includes medical records management, insurance processing, coding and billing, management of practice finances, information processing, and fundamental office management tasks. Career opportunities may exist in doctors' offices, medical facilities, hospitals, insurance offices, pharmaceutical companies, and labs. Certification is an important qualification often required by employers. As a graduate, you may be eligible to take medical office management certification exams, such as the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) examination given by the American Medical Technologists.

In the medical office management program coursework you will study how to:

  • Acquire the communication, clinical, and organizational skills required to provide outstanding patient care
  • Manage medical and financial records, including processing medical insurance, coding, and billing
  • Schedule appointments and manage day-to-day office operations
Courses for the Medical Office Administration AAS Degree program include:
  • Medical Coding I
  • Medical Office Accounting
  • Medical Records Management
  • Medical Office Applications
  • Advanced Medical Office Management
  • Medical Office Management Externship and Evaluation

Nursing - RN to Bachelor of Science
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is considered a standard requirement for registered nurses (RNs) seeking broader professional responsibilities and career opportunities. If you are an RN and want to enhance your career, our CCNE accredited online Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program is designed to help you earn the credentials you need to qualify for new opportunities in specialized nursing and nursing management. Enhance your skills to better meet the demands of today's dynamic health care environment and pursue advanced professional roles.

This program offers a strong focus on professional leadership with courses in management, informatics, research, emerging trends in health care therapies, health assessment, and community nursing. The program also emphasizes health promotion, community health, health care information, professional ethics, diversity, and health care management. The capstone in nursing, which is completed in your community with the guidance of expert faculty, is designed to improve the delivery of patient care by allowing you to apply the knowledge and skills you learn online in a real-world setting.

Courses for the Nursing RN to BSN Degree program include:
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
  • Professional Leadership Transitions
  • Health/Wellness Assessment and Strategies
  • Leadership and Management in the Changing Health Care Environment
  • Leadership Concepts in Population-Focused Nursing

Nursing / Nurse Administrator - Master of Science
Kaplan University's CCNE accredited online Nurse Administrator MSN degree will focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting,and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles. Students must complete a residency program during which they will work closely with an administrator mentor in a selected health care setting. Graduates of this program will be prepared for administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community centers, and long-term care facilities.

Courses for the Nurse Administrator MSN Degree program include:
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information and Health Care Technologies
  • Nurse Administrator Practicum

Nursing / Nurse Educator - Master of Science
In Kaplan University's CCNE accredited online Nurse Educator MSN degree program, students focus on developing courses and programs that integrate nursing philosophy. They will examine the applications and ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in teaching, as well as analyze assessment, measurement, and evaluation methods used in nursing education. Graduates can be prepared for a faculty or educator role in colleges or schools of nursing, continuing education programs, staff development, clinical education, and patient and community education. The nurse educator specialization is designed to prepare students for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination.

Courses for the Nurse Educator MSN Degree program include:
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Curriculum Design
  • Instructional Technology Integration
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Nurse Educator Practicum

Nursing / Nurse Informatics - Master of Science
Kaplan University's CCNE accredited online Nurse Informatics MSN degree program allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative, faculty, or staff development roles. Prepare to meet the clinical, educational, research, and administrative challenges associated with working in a technology-rich environment. Focus on the representation of health care data and information and examine computer, information literacy, and management competencies. Explore the use of technology and information systems to advance evidence-based research. Graduates may pursue informatics leadership roles in health care, corporate, and education settings. The informatics specialization is designed to help you prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Informatics Nursing certification exam.

Courses for the Nurse Informatics MSN Degree program include:
  • Critical Concepts and Competencies for the Informatics Nurse Specialist
  • Innovations in Educational and Research Technologies
  • Integration of Informatics into the Health Care Environment
  • Health Systems Project Management
  • Nurse Informatics Specialist Practicum

Nutrition Science - Bachelor of Science
Kaplan University's School of Health Science offers a degree in Nutrition Science, one of the fastest growing fields in health science. Along with knowledge and skills in general nutrition science and health care, students will learn values, research methods, and applications that can help in a broad range of life science occupations. This programs offers 4 specialization options: Dietetics, Health and Wellness, Health Science, and Pregraduate/Preprofessional.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science degree can work in areas such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, athletic clubs/wellness centers, public health programs, the food industry, and the pharmaceutical industry, and can become consultants with sports teams, corporations, and restaurants.

Courses in the Nutrition Science BS Degree program include:
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Microbiology
  • Nutritional Analysis and Assessment
  • Nutrition Planning and Management
  • Nutrition Across the Human Life Cycle
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Sports Nutrition

Health and Wellness / Nutrition - Bachelor of Science
Kaplan University's School of Health Science offers a BS degree in Health and Wellness with a Nutrition specialization. This program prepares students for graduate and first-professional degrees, careers in nutrition, and leadership roles in the field of health sciences and health care. The Nutrition emphasis promotes an in-depth understanding and applications of food and nutrition science, as well as the latest recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention. This emphasis area can prepare students for a career in private and public work settings.

Kaplan University's School of Health Science offers a an Advanced Start BS in Nutrition Science program for candidates who have earned an AAS, AS, AA, BA, or BS degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college. Depending on the transferability of previously earned credits, students could finish this program in less than two years.

Courses in the Health and Wellness / Nutrition BS Degree program include:
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Nutritional Research
  • Nutrition Across the Human Life Cycle
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Sports Nutrition

Health Science - Bachelor of Science
Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Health Science online degree program can prepare you for a wide variety of employment opportunities in health care- and health science-related industries. You will gain knowledge and skills in health science and health care, exploring the concepts, values, research methods, and applications you will need for any future career. Learn about the principles of healthy living, and develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills to assume leadership positions across the spectrum of health care. The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree can prepare you for further graduate study and/or professional degrees in the fields of medicine (MD), osteopathic medicine (DO), and more.

Courses in the Health Science BS Degree program include:
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Diseases in the Human Body
  • Health Care Administration
  • Research Methods for Health Science
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Public Health
  • Models for Health and Wellness

Human Services / Gerontology - Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a rewarding career in a wide variety of helping professions. Students are taught to develop their talents, assess clients' needs, identify community resources, and problem solve and advocate for their client--all with the goal of making a difference in the life of those unable to help themselves. In the Gerontology concentration, the program focuses on the physical, mental, and psychosocial development of humans during the aging process. This emphasis area supports students with an interest in working directly with the growing aging population and as advocates for seniors in our society. The courses are designed to prepare graduates to work with the change process of aging and address how the aging population impacts social policy and program delivery.

Courses in the Human Services / Gerontology BS Degree program include:
  • The Aging Population and Society
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Social and Health Care Issues in Aging
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services

Kaplan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

*This program has been approved by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Kaplan Commitment Program

The Kaplan Commitment program allows students to assess their experience and the quality of Kaplan's education within the first 3 weeks of a term. There is no tuition obligation for this trial period.
  • Enrollment: You'll attend real classes for real credits.* Then decide during our introductory period if we're right for you. If not, all you owe is the application fee. These classes count toward your degree if completed.
  • Week 1: You'll begin the 3-week introductory period, during which you'll get exposed to our curriculum, faculty, and classroom or online platforms. If at any point during the introductory period you decide we're not right for you, you can opt out with no tuition cost or other financial obligation to Kaplan University, except for the application fee.
  • Week 3: This is the checkpoint week. It marks the end of your introductory period, and is the time to let us officially know if you no longer wish to continue. Otherwise, if you're meeting our academic standards, and have submitted all required documentation, you will move forward with your Kaplan University education.


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