Health Information Technology/Coding

Students in the Health Information Technology program must be able to obtain a satisfactory MN state and/or federal background check. Failure to have a satisfactory background check could prevent students from obtaining the necessary professional practice experience (clinical/internship). The clinical/internship experience is required for graduation and dictated by program accreditation standards.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 64 credits

About this program
The health information technician is an important member of the health care team who secures, analyzes, integrates and manages health information for patient care, performs diagnostic and procedure coding, utilizes electronic systems for reimbursement, planning and research activities, and maintains a legal patient record. This information steers the health care industry. The program is designed to combine general education and technical courses for a well-rounded and functional education. To further the student's knowledge, the program utilizes Web-based educational electronic health record systems, and time is spent in health care facilities.
Program outcomes
  1. Assign diagnostic and procedure codes according to official guidelines.
  2. Identify information technologies that support patient care activities and strategic planning.
  3. Apply standards, regulations and guidelines to health information activities to ensure compliance.
  4. Participate in health care quality management and improvement processes.
  5. Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of health information management.
  6. Summarize the health care reimbursement revenue cycle.
  7. Analyze and manage data.
Employment
Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Today, approximately 50% of health care services are being delivered in other settings, such as physician offices, clinics, nursing homes, home health and hospice agencies, and mental health facilities, with an increasing number of job openings for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) in those areas. Also law firms, computer software vendors, insurance companies and reimbursement review companies are seeking the services of RHITs. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 15 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. Employment growth will result from the increased number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. As the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management. Information obtained from Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
Accreditation
The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
58 Required courses
3 Restricted electives in courses
3 Restricted electives in course types
64 Total

Health Information Technology - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
CPTR1104 Introduction to Computer Technology 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
HITM1150 Introduction to Health Care Delivery 3
HITM1152 Health Information Systems 3
HITM1155 Medicolegal Aspects 3
HITM1159 Professional Practice Experience Functions 2
HITM2204 Fundamentals of Electronic Health Records 3
HITM2216 Introduction to Procedure Coding 3
HITM2218 Intermediate Procedure Coding 3
HITM2230 Medical Science for Health Information Professionals 3
HITM2250 Supervisory Leadership in Health 3
HITM2253 Quality Management Studies 3
HITM2263 Reimbursement Systems 3
HITM2272 Professional Practice Experience III 2
HITM2282 Introduction to Diagnosis Coding 3
HITM2283 Intermediate Diagnosis Coding 3
HITM2290 Health Care Data Management and Analysis 3
HLTH1116 Medical Terminology 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COMM1130 Small Group Communication 3
COMM1140 Interpersonal Communication 3

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals
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1st Summer Term - 6 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COMM1130 Small Group Communication 3
COMM1140 Interpersonal Communication 3

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
CPTR1104 Introduction to Computer Technology 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
HITM1150 Introduction to Health Care Delivery 3
HLTH1116 Medical Terminology 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
HITM1152 Health Information Systems 3
HITM2216 Introduction to Procedure Coding 3
HITM2230 Medical Science for Health Information Professionals 3
HITM2282 Introduction to Diagnosis Coding 3

2nd Fall Term - 14 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
HITM2204 Fundamentals of Electronic Health Records 3
HITM2218 Intermediate Procedure Coding 3
HITM2263 Reimbursement Systems 3
HITM2272 Professional Practice Experience III 2
HITM2283 Intermediate Diagnosis Coding 3

2nd Spring Term - 14 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
HITM1155 Medicolegal Aspects 3
HITM1159 Professional Practice Experience Functions 2
HITM2250 Supervisory Leadership in Health 3
HITM2253 Quality Management Studies 3
HITM2290 Health Care Data Management and Analysis 3