All provisions within this catalog are subject to change without notice. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Associate of Arts to MSU-Billings

Associate of Arts Degree with HIT Coursework Transfer to MSU Billings

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Health Information Technology is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Health Administration at Montana State University Billings.

The Associate of Arts (AA) includes education across academic disciplines. Focusing on integration of information while increasing a student’s employability, the AA is designed for transferability to a baccalaureate program.

To receive the AA degree, the following requirements must be completed:

Montana University System Core Requirements31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
Final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0

Courses taken to fulfill one specific requirement, including courses in the Concentration or Elective blocks, may not be used to fulfill another specific requirement; thus, a course taken to fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement in the Montana University System Core may not be used as an Elective.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the outcomes achievable by completing the Montana University System Core.
  • Select and use the appropriate technologies for personal, academic, or career tasks.
  • Think critically about theories and applications from multiple disciplines when evaluating information, solving problems, and making decisions.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this curriculum. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tuition and Fees $6,835
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,046
Total $9,017

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

I. GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 32 Semester Hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)

WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits

M 105Contemporary Mathematics **, +3

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

Fine Arts
Select one of the following:
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
Select one of the following:
LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
PHL 110Introduction to Ethics +3

Natural Science - 8 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

Select one of the following:
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
Select one of the following:
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics +3
Select one of the following:
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

Select one of the following:
ANTY 101Anthro & the Human Experience +3
LSH 244American Cultural Values +3
NASX 204Intro to NA Beliefs & Philsphy (N) +3
NASX 232MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) (N) +3
NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (N) +3

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits

Courses with an “N” behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

III. Computer Skills/Usage - 3 credits

CAPP 131Basic MS Office +3
OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score.

IV. Concentration in Accounting, Arts, Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences - 9 Credits

ECNS 202Principles of Macroeconomics +3
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing *,+3
Select one of the following:
HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3
HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3

V. Articulated Coursework - 17 Credits

Select from the following:
AHMS 105Health Care Delivery +2
AHMS 108Health Data Content & Struct *,+3
AHMS 158Legal & Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
AHMS 227Health Information Management *,+3
AHMS 240Clinical Quality Assessment *,+3
HIT 265Electr Health Rec in Med Prac *,+3


Outline for Completion of The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Business Option from MSU Billings

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Business is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration - General Business Option at MSU Billings. The following courses would be taken at MSU Billings after transfer with the Associate of Arts coursework completed at GFC MSU

I. Required Health Administration Core

HADM 210 Health Care Mega Trends3
HADM 307Health Informatics3
HADM 310Healthcare Economics3
HADM 335Health Law and Ethics3
HADM 405Evidence in Research & Eval3
HADM 422Operations, Outcomes, and Quilaity3
HADM 425Financial Mgmt & Budg in Health3
HADM 440Managerial Epidemiology and the Public's Health3
HADM 445Managing Health Care Organizations3
HADM 450Health Policy and Politics3
HADM 496Cooperative Education/Internship3
HADM 497Capstone3

II. Required Business Minor

**ACTG 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
**ACTG 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FIN 351Principles of Financial Management3
MGMT 321Principles of Management3
MGMT 322Operations Management3
MGMT 452Human Resources Management3
MIS 330Principles of Management Information Systems3
MKT 340Principles of Marketing3
*Health Administration majors must pass all "*" courses with a grade of "C-" or better prior to taking 300 and 400 level Business courses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Total MSUB BHSA Program Credits-60
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Total AA-BSHA Credits-121