Health Information Technology/Coding

M State's Health Information Technology/Coding program prepares you for a career in a growing field that's ideal for those who want to work in the health care industry but not in direct patient care.



WDS iconThe M State Health Information Technology/Coding program is committed to providing high quality and comprehensive education to prepare students for a rapidly changing profession. Our 64-credit online AAS degree in Health Information Technology/Coding prepares students for careers in health information management, where professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data.

Students combine health care and information technology into a career with tremendous potential driven by the conversion from paper records to electronic health records and growth throughout the health care industry.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Articulation agreements are in place with the College of St. Scholastica and Charter Oak State College that allow graduates of M State's HIT AAS degree program to transfer into a Health Information Management bachelor's degree program. An articulation agreement is also in place for graduates to transfer to Minnesota State University Moorhead's Health Services Administration bachelor's degree program.

Background check required

Minnesota law requires that students in the HIT program must pass a state criminal background check in order to participate in the clinical activities that are required for graduation from the program. Depending on clinical placement, students also may be required to complete a national and/or federal background check. Students are responsible for the cost of all background checks.

Here's what you'll learn

  • ICD and CPT/HCPCS diagnostic and procedural coding systems
  • Verification of health information data and data sources
  • Interpretation of data for quality management studies
  • Electronic health record implementation and maintenance strategies
  • Policies and procedures to maintain the accuracy, confidentiality and security of patient health records
  • Use of IT for the collection, maintenance and sharing of health care-related information


M State's HIT/Coding program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in association with AHIMA.


Health Information Technology Student Achievement Data

Data on this page is updated annually by April 1. Student retention and completion data is based on students entering the program during the fall term in the listed year. Retention rates of the fall cohorts are tracked from fall to the first spring and second fall. Completion rates are tracked at two, three, and four years. Related employment rates use the Minnesota State system definition. Measure definitions for the calculations are listed below.

Student Retention: Fall Cohort

Completion Rates: Fall Cohorts

Related Employment of Graduates

Fall to Spring Retention

  • Numerator: Number of students enrolled in spring semester immediately following fall program start
  • Denominator: Number of students in fall cohort

​​​​​​​Fall to Fall Retention

  • Numerator: Number of students enrolled in subsequent fall semester after fall program start
  • Denominator: Number of students in fall cohort

Completion Rate

  • Numerator: Number of students who completed within the designated number of years
  • Denominator: Number of students in fall cohort

Related Employment Rate

  • Numerator: Number of graduates that were employed during the year after graduation in jobs they reported to be related to their program or major.
  • Denominator: Number of graduates in related employment plus those seeking related employment and those available for work but unemployed. Foreign national students are excluded.

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July 24, 2019
M State HIT program ranked among nation's best


Angela Morris
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Angela Morris

Health Information Technology/Coding

I was a little worried about living in a remote town in Alaska and studying at M State, but it turned out to be a great experience.

Joe Bessler
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Joe Bessler

Health Information Technology/Coding

I chose M State after researching and contacting many different online colleges that offered an HIT program that would allow me to sit for the AHIMA RHIT and CCS certifications.

Wendy Kieffer
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Wendy L. Kieffer

Health Information Technology/Coding

I enrolled at M State due to the list of programs available. I enjoyed being able to talk to the instructors before signing up for a program.

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