Master of Science in Native American Leadership – Healthcare Information Systems Online

Obtain a thorough understanding of both health information management and technology, with an emphasis on the particular issues facing Native Americans.

Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24
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Program Overview

Get a snapshot of the online M.S. in Native American Leadership – Healthcare Information Systems program

With an aging population, the expansion of the healthcare field, and the necessity of managing technology and information increases, job prospects for healthcare information systems experts are growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of healthcare information technicians is projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Master of Science in Native American Leadership – Healthcare Information Systems online program at SOSU gives you an understanding of health information management and technology—with an emphasis on the particular issues Native Americans face.

This versatile degree program can open doors in any organization that has a need to store, secure and manage health information records efficiently.

Coursework is designed to give you working knowledge of the fundamentals of healthcare information management, as well as an understanding of federal law and funding for tribal healthcare systems. Although coursework is designed to help you understand the socio-cultural background and administrative intricacies of tribal nations, you do not need to identify as Native American to obtain this degree.

As a graduate of this M.S. in NAL – Healthcare Information Systems program, you will be prepared for healthcare roles, such as:

  • Health Information Technician
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Application Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • IT Consultant
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Health Information Technician
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Application Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • IT Consultant
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Chief Information Officer

Also available:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers a broad range of Native American Leadership degrees. Explore our online NAL programs.

Total Tuition, Including Fees $10,410*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30
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The Native American Leadership program changes lives

It changed my life. It gave me some tools to use in my job now.", Amy Gantt, MFA, M.S. NAL, instructor and alumna

Tuition

Our budget-friendly tuition can be paid as you go

Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition that includes fees.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $10,410*
Per Credit Hour $347

Calendar

Know SE online dates and deadlines

At SOSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Summer I5/6/244/22/244/22/245/3/246/1/246/23/24
Summer II6/24/246/10/246/10/246/21/247/15/248/11/24
Fall I8/19/248/5/248/5/248/16/249/15/2410/6/24
Fall II10/14/249/30/249/30/2410/11/2411/1/2412/8/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 6/10/24
Class Starts 6/24/24

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Admissions

See the qualifications for the online M.S. in Native American Leadership – Healthcare Information Systems program

Southeastern Oklahoma State University's online M.S. in Native American Leadership Healthcare Information Systems program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

  • Online Application
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • No GRE or GMAT required

If you have any special circumstances that need further clarification, please contact us at 844-515-9100.

To meet the admission requirements for the M.S. in Native American Leadership online program, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA or minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of courses, or
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA AND a current resume demonstrating two years of experience in the field of study that must be reviewed and approved by program coordinator
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university and at least 6 hours in a graduate program from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and must be in good standing at previous university.
  • No GRE is required for Southeastern Oklahoma State University online M.S.-NAL programs.
  • There is a non-refundable $30 application fee for both domestic and international students.

The M.S. in Native American Leadership degree online at SOSU allows a maximum of nine credit hours that can be transferred from another program with approval from the program coordinator.

International Application and Admissions Requirements: Please note, unfortunately, students with an F-1 visa are ineligible for online programs.

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Academic Records:
    • Original final post-secondary transcript(s) from each college or university attended within the United States.
    • Post-secondary records from outside the U.S. must be course-by-course analyzed by a NACES (www.NACES.org) educational credential evaluation service such as IERF or WES or ECE.
  3. English Proficiency: Internet-based TOEFL score of 79 or an IELTS Academic score of 6.5; taken within 2 years of enrollment.
    • For TOEFL, have your score report sent to Southeastern (institution code: 6657).
    • For IELTS, let us know your TRF number.
    • You do not need TOEFL or IELTS scores if you meet one of the following:
      • English is your first language from a country whose official language is English
      • You have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university
      • You have a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking country

Official sealed transcripts from all previous institutions should be sent to Southeastern Oklahoma State University:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University/Registrar
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347

Email: [email protected]

Exemplary support for NAL online students

Those professors really want to help you, and they really want you to succeed., Crystal Bully, M.S. NAL student

Courses

Discover the degree plan for our online M.S. in NAL – Healthcare Information Systems program

For the M.S. in Native American Leadership – Healthcare Information Systems online, students must complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

NAL 5970 is an optional course that may replace any of the other courses (approval required).
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on effective organizational leadership approaches, strategies, and methods within Native American Organizations. Introducing leadership tactics and cognitive frames students can use to assess organizational culture and environmental factors, evaluate behaviors, and apply effective responses within a Native American organizational context.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course presents the fundamentals of multi-cultural leadership and assists students in developing the essential skills for effective multi-cultural bridge-building within Native American organizations and across Indian Country.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on developing the personal skill set to become an exceptional leader in Indian Country. Exploring the influence of leaders regardless of position and the role of managers at all levels as servant leaders in tribal organizations. The challenges of balancing the needs of supervisors, subordinates, colleagues, and citizens will be addressed along with the case studies exploring how exceptional leaders in Native American / tribal organizations successfully handled challenges and crisis.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course examines issues that directly impact the daily operations of tribal governments and the tribal members of those governments. The course will highlight areas from a broad range of topics with the understanding that these topics of interest are constantly changing and developing.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on historical and contemporary developments in Indigenous Native American and Alaskan Native education policy within the United States; and the results of governmental education policy and law on Indigenous peoples. The course includes historical perspective on North American Indigenous education prior to the arrival of Spanish, British, French, and other European influences and will give careful examination to U.S. Federal "American Indian Education" legislation and policies.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the historical relationships of Indigenous peoples of North America to place and the tribal nation's experiences of the treaty-making era with the United States of America. Concepts of agency, survivance, and the importance of place in Indigenous cultures will be discussed to assist students in understanding the context of Native American removal, and relocation. Students will use colonial era documents, Historical Geography, Native American Indigenous Peoples' Geographies of the Homeland, and Native American Treaties as evidence for to multi-disciplinary, qualitative research.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores concepts of Indigenous Sovereignty, and the effects of U.S. policy and law on Native American and Alaska Native Indigenous peoples. Concepts of agency and survivance will be applied to assist students in understanding sovereignty and its many potential implications and expressions beyond a legal construct or matter of law. Students will use European colonial era documents, U.S. federal and state court cases, federal Indian policies, Indian treaties, and/ or the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights as evidence for multi-disciplinary, qualitative research.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the history of Native peoples through the lens of land, agency, sovereignty, language, and aesthetic. Students will use historical records, and source materials such as maps, music, paintings, photography, folklore, oral tradition, archaeological materials, museum collections, enduring customs, language, and place names to perform multidisciplinary, qualitative research.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Specifically for the Special Studies course, the objectives are to provide a flexible evaluation of skills needed regarding the organization and history of Native American peoples and tribes. The course may be adjusted to fit specific needs of employers and individuals pursuing the degree while remaining focused on Native American Leadership.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of health information management using computer-based patient records. Key areas of study within health information management are addressed, with emphasis on the use of information as an asset to the healthcare provider. Included topics illustrate the importance of planning and setting procedures for proper storage, maintenance, usage, and security of health information records.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces health information technology and develops the skills necessary to become successful users of medical practice management software. It prepares students to go into any medical office and perform medical practice management duties with the same or similar software as used in this course.

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