October 2018

New Programs

Associate of Science – Space Studies

The Associate of Science in Space Studies provides an introduction to the exciting field of space studies. You will study current and historical concepts in astronomy, planetary science, space policy, and space flight, with hands-on labs in many of your core courses. This online associate degree brings you a solid foundation in the field, and is also eligible to transfer all 60 credits earned toward our space studies bachelor’s program.

The curriculum for this online space studies program was originally designed by former NASA astronaut Dr. James Reilly, veteran of three shuttle missions and five spacewalks. Many of our faculty are leaders in the field, including scientists and engineers currently working for NASA, the space industry, and national astronomical observatories. You’ll also have the opportunity to use the university’s recently commissioned state of the art remote controlled observatory, with a fully-online 24-inch aperture telescope.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates:

  • Analyze the principles of manned and unmanned flight both within and outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of astronomy and planetary science.

  • Examine the possibility of life elsewhere in the cosmos and the environments where life could exist.

  • Recognize the role(s) of key aerospace organizations in the United States.

  • Evaluate the political and commercial significance of major aerospace endeavors, including past, current, and planned.

Degree Program Requirements
General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
PHIL202Philosophy of Science3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL221Scientific Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
HIST270History of Science3
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH110College Algebra3
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
SCIN138Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab4
Total Semester Hours30

1 All literature courses require successful completion of  ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (24 semester hours)
MATH111College Trigonometry3
SCIN121Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab4
SCIN134Introduction to Astronomy with Lab4
SCIN261Introduction to Planetary Science with Lab4
SPST200Introduction to Space Studies3
SPST201Introduction to Space Flight3
SPST203History of Space Flight3
Total Semester Hours24
Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 12 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.

Total Semester Hours = 60

Program Changes

Associate of Applied Science - Health Sciences

  • The General Education Requirements have changed.
  • BIOL250 has been removed, and BIOL201 has been added to the Major Required section.
  • The Elective Requirements hours have changed to 17 semester hours.

Associate of Applied Science - Technical Management

  • The General Education Requirements have changed.
  • The Major Required hours have changed to 28 semester hours.
  •  SCIN121, SCIN130, SCIN140 (select 1) have been added to the Major Required section.
  • The Elective Requirements hours have changed to 17 semester hours.

Program Description Changes

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is open to registered nurses who have earned an associate degree in nursing and have a current, active, and unencumbered license. The mission of the program is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to professional registered nurses by fostering lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.

This online nursing program offers you a seamless transition from your associate degree to BSN degree, and provides a foundation for further graduate studies in nursing.

In this online RN to BSN program, you will work with credentialed and experientially qualified faculty to promote interprofessional collaboration and engagement. Online faculty-facilitated discussions and signature assignments provide you the opportunity to review and evaluate a variety of case studies and patient presentations.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Note: This R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program is currently not open for admission to Tennessee residents or Washington State residents and RN license holders.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Concentration Description Changes

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management

Offers an overview of concepts and principles of fish and wildlife resource management. Examines the agencies responsible for resource management and the competencies of professional fish and wildlife managers. Management techniques and methods, public lands management, and the regulations, policies, and politics that influence U.S. fish and wildlife management are also covered. NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in SCIN311 Fishery Biology,SCIN314 Botany, SCIN401 Mammalogy, or SCIN402 Ornithology for their concentration work MUST also take BIOL134 General Biology II as a prerequisite. BIOL134 is NOT included in the BS Environmental Science major and is needed for these more specialized courses offered through the Natural Sciences program. Please note that students can complete the Concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management without taking these specialized courses, but if these courses are desired the additional BIOL134 prerequisite must be completed as part of the student’s elective hours.

New Courses

HIST481 Special Topic: History Fall

This is a special topics course that is designed to afford students the opportunity to examine topics not covered by the existing curriculum. Students are permitted to substitute up to two special topics classes for other courses required in their concentration. Special topic courses are offered quarterly, and the topics for these will vary.

HIST482 Special Topic: History Winter

This is a special topics course that is designed to afford students the opportunity to examine topics not covered by the existing curriculum. Students are permitted to substitute up to two special topics classes for other courses required in their concentration. Special topic courses are offered quarterly, and the topics for these will vary.

HIST483 Special Topic: History Spring

This is a special topics course that is designed to afford students the opportunity to examine topics not covered by the existing curriculum. Students are permitted to substitute up to two special topics classes for other courses required in their concentration. Special topic courses are offered quarterly, and the topics for these will vary.

HIST484 Special Topic: History Summer

This is a special topics course that is designed to afford students the opportunity to examine topics not covered by the existing curriculum. Students are permitted to substitute up to two special topics classes for other courses required in their concentration. Special topic courses are offered quarterly, and the topics for these will vary.

New Policies

Credit Hour Definition Policy

All undergraduate and graduate courses at the American Public University System adhere to the Federal Credit Hour Definition below (34CFR 600.2 adopted 11/1/2010):

Federal Credit Hour Definition: A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  • One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time;
  • Or at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading toward to the award of credit hours.

Licensure Changes

Massachusetts: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Tennessee: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Tennessee’s regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Tennessee residents:  The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs are not currently open for admission to Tennessee residents.

Tuition

Tuition Rates per Credit Hour:

  • Undergraduate: $270 | $250 for military-affiliated students*
  • Graduate: $350 | $325 for military-affiliated students*
  • Audit: $100
8- and 16-Week Sessions 2 semester hours 3 semester hours 4 semester hours
Undergraduate Academic Credit $540 $810 $1080
Graduate Academic Credit N/A $1050 $1400
Audit $200 $300 $400

June 2018

Program Descriptions

The following program descriptions have changed:

Associate of Science – Accounting

The Associate of Science in Accounting teaches the basics of accounting fundamentals including the tools needed for building financial statements. You’ll study basic business strategies and economic concepts in this accounting degree program as you prepare for entry-level positions as a bookkeeper, accountant, or auditor. This online associate program is also ideal for students who want to enter the business world as an entrepreneur or manager of a small business.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensics

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, digital forensics investigations, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence presented in the criminal justice system. Forensic science is the application of scientific methods and analysis of scientific data to support the law. You will study the theory of forensic science, including the nature and scope of the discipline, the application of forensic science to crime, police investigation and the adjudication process, and the legal and ethical issues associated with forensics. You will also examine the importance of scientific analysis of digital evidence and its place in the judicial system, while receiving a solid foundation of analytical and communication skills required for working in complex criminal justice occupations.

Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Our Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) provides you with the knowledge and skills required to be a health information administrator in a variety of settings such as hospitals, insurance companies, and government agencies. With a focus on operations management, this online bachelor's degree utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to its curriculum.

Billions of dollars have been invested in newer health information technology, leading to a greater need for trained, educated HIM professionals knowledgeable in data management, information policy, finance, information systems, and administrative and clinical knowledge.

The Baccalaureate Degree Health Information Management program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Note: Some courses in the program require you to install software for virtual online lab accessibility. The cost of software and/or lab equipment is not covered under the undergraduate book grant and will need to be purchased when you register for class. Please see the course materials section of those courses for more information prior to registration.

Tuition and Fees

The University System operates nearly exclusively through tuition revenue and provides affordable education. The following is the current tuition/fee schedule:

Tuition

Tuition Rates per Credit Hour:
  • Undergraduate: $270 | $250 for military-affiliated students*
  • Graduate: $350 | $325 for military-affiliated students*
  • Audit: $100
8- and 16-Week Sessions 3 semester hours 4 semester hours
Undergraduate Academic Credit $810 $1080
Graduate Academic Credit $1050 $1400
Audit $300 $400

Military-Affiliated Grants

Military-affiliated students receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour. This grant is for U.S. active-duty service members and their spouses/dependents, Guard, Reserve, and veterans.

Fees

Admission Fee ***sctable2***
Registration Fee ***sctable2***
Late Registration Fee $50
Technology Fee - Active Duty Military, National Guard, or U.S. Military Reservist1 ***sctable2***
Technology Fee - Courses other than ENGR and ELEN1 $50
Technology Fee - ENGR and ELEN courses1 $100
Average Undergraduate Course Materials (per course) ***sctable2***
Average Graduate Course Materials (per course) $100
Completion Fee: Certificate $25
Graduate Comprehensive Exam $250
Graduation Completion Fee for most degrees $100
Transcripts (each):
Official electronic
$10
Official paper
$20
Unofficial electronic
$5
1

Per Course

March 2018

New Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Sciences is for students interested in entering or currently working in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. The degree is ideal for those who have completed military training in the medical and health sciences and are seeking advancement in their career path.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the BAS in Health Sciences is designed to meet the transforming practices within health sciences. You will study a core curriculum in natural sciences, sports and health sciences, public health, information systems management, health information management, and healthcare administration. Best of all, if you already earned the AAS Health Sciences degree, you’ll find a seamless, quick transfer to this online bachelor’s program. 

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  •  Analyze healthcare policy issues from an economic and financial perspective.
  •  Create a plan for efficient healthcare system management.
  •  Evaluate and develop solutions and strategies for complex problems within the healthcare industry.
  •  Apply ethical standards for decision-making in healthcare organizations.
  •  Assess technologies and healthcare informatics for implementation in healthcare organizations.

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

Select 2 courses from the following:

  • ARTH200 - Art Appreciation

  • ARTH241 - Film and Literature

  • DSIN141 - Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop

  • LITR201 - World Literature through the Renaissance

  • LITR202 - World Literature since the Renaissance

  • LITR210 - English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century

  • LITR211 - English Literature: 18th Century to Present

  • LITR220 - American Literature before The Civil War

  • LITR221 - American Literature from The Civil War to Present
  • ARAB100 - Arabic I
  • ARAB101 - Arabic II

  • FREN100 - French I

  • FREN101 - French II

  • GERM100 - German I

  • GERM101 - German II

  • JAPN100 - Introduction to Japanese

  • MUSI200 - Music Appreciation

  • PHIL101 - Introduction to Philosophy

  • PHIL110 - Critical Thinking

  • PHIL200 - Introduction to Ethics

  • PHIL202 - Philosophy of Science

  • PORT100 - Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese

  • RELS201 - Introduction to World Religions

  • RUSS100 - Russian I

  • SPAN100 - Spanish I

  • SPAN101 - Spanish II

Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)

Select 2 courses from the following:

  • ANTH100 - Introduction to Anthropology

  • ANTH202 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

  • CHFD220 - Human Sexuality

  • COMM211 - Social Media and Society

  • COMM240 - Intercultural Communication

  • ECON101 - Microeconomics

  • ECON102 - Macroeconomics

  • EDUC200 - Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • GEOG101 - Introduction to Geography

  • HOSP110 - Practical Food Safety and Awareness

  • IRLS210 - International Relations I

  • LITR204 - Contemporary World Culture Through Literature

  • LITR205 - Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature

  • POLS210 - American Government I

  • PSYC101 - Introduction to Psychology

  • SOCI111 - Introduction to Sociology

  • SOCI212 - Social Problems

  • SOCI220 - American Popular Culture

Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)

  • COMM110 - Information & Digital Literacy

  • ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant

Select 1 course from the following:

  • COMM200 -Public Speaking

  • ENGL102 - Effectiveness in Writing

  • ENGL200 - Composition and Literature

  • ENGL220 - Technical Writing

  • ENGL221 - Scientific Writing

  • ENGL225 - Business Writing

  • HRMT101 - Human Relations Communication

  • IRLS200 - Information Literacy and Global Citizenship

  • ITCC231 - Introduction to Information Technology Writing

  • MGMT100 - Human Relations

History (3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:

  • HIST101 - American History to 1877

  • HIST102 - American History since 1877

  • HIST121 - Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War

  • HIST122 - Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War

  • HIST221 - African-American History before 1877

  • HIST222 - African-American History since 1877

  • HIST223 - History of the American Indian

  • HIST270 - History of Science

Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:

  • ACCT105 - Accounting for Non Accounting Majors

  • ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming

  • MATH110 - College Algebra

  • MATH111 - College Trigonometry

  • MATH120 - Introduction to Statistics

  • MATH125 - Math for Liberal Arts Majors

  • MATH225 - Calculus

Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)

  • BIOL133 - General Biology 1 with Lab

Major Required (42 semester hours)

  • CHEM133 - General Chemistry I with Lab

  • BIOL134 - General Biology II with Lab

  • BIOL201 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

  • SPHE314 - Exercise Physiology

  • PBHE315 - Health Economics and Finance

  • INFO321 - Database Management Systems

  • HIMA350 - Compliance

  • PBHE361 - Moral Issues in Health Care

  • SPHE405 - Sports First Aid

  • HIMA410 - Informatics and Analytics

  • PBHE413 - Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services

  • PBHE427 - Epidemiology

  • SPHE461 - Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

  • HCAD498 - Health Sciences Senior Capstone (Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment)

Elective Requirements (45 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.

New Courses

HCAD498 - Health Sciences Senior Capstone: The Healthcare Administration Capstone is a cumulative project consisting of key concepts, theoretical knowledge, critical thinking, practical application, and real-world decision-making relative to the program objectives and courses completed throughout the program. Students will integrate critical analysis with healthcare disciplines and synthesize ethical standards in decision-making to achieve organizational goals. Students will discuss real-world scenarios and applications to the ever-changing healthcare industry and environment. The capstone project enables students to demonstrate skills of leadership, management, and systematic problem solving.

Application and Registration Process

The university's admissions team is comprised of dedicated staff members who work to support you from the first time you request information about the university through completion of your first 8- or 16-week session here. The team provides you with guidance on enrolling in a program, understanding policies and procedures, and also acts as your liaison with financial aid, student services, and other departments at the university. If you have any questions, an admissions team member is ready to help!

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