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Health Information Technology Coding

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Health Information Technology/Coding

The M State Health Information Technology Program is committed to provide 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



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.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • ICD and CPT/HCPS 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
  • Development and design of clinical information systems and treatment protocols
  • 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


Why M State

  • HIT/Coding program offered fully online
  • Full range of tutoring and support services available to online students
  • Program combines general education and technical education courses with professional practice requirements
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam through AHIMA
  • Coursework includes an educational EHR system that provides hands-on experience

Wendy L. Kieffer

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HIT student success stories

Wendy L. Kieffer
M State Fall 2017 graduate, Health Information Technology/Coding AAS

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. They asked questions of me and then gave me a path to follow, which was very helpful as I was working full time, taking care of my two girls and going to be attending school full time. When I was almost finished with my first degree in Medical Administration, we combined a few classes so I could finish my second degree in HIT/Coding.

There were a lot of long nights and weekends with barely any sleep, but I was determined to complete my two degrees, and I wasn't letting myself down. Bonnie Peterson, my HIT instructor and advisor, had faith in me that I could do this. She helped me set up two positive internships, including one at the county hospital where I now work.

The educators at M State really know what is changing in the business world. For students thinking of attending M State, I'd suggest emailing advisors to ask what it's like in the business world for the careers that interest you, what is the placement rate and what types of degrees are needed down the road for advancement.

I'd like to thank my advisors for the support given to me. They guided me during my career change and helped me through the program with ease. I am grateful to have had such awesome advisors in my life.


HIT student success stories

Joe Bessler, Warroad
Roseau High School graduate, Class of 1996
M State Spring 2018 graduate, Health Information Technology/Coding AAS

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. The fact that M State offered a 100 percent online curriculum and a strong placement rate for its graduates was key to my return to college and completion of my degree.

I was a welder for 15 years before I decided to change careers. M State really gave me the tools to perform my coding duties with a high level of skill and confidence. I have been well educated and am now better prepared to go out and start a career in HIM/coding confident that this is the right career path for me.

Initially my career plans were to search for any employer who would take on a new coder with little to no experience. After finishing my internship through LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, I rolled over into a full-time patient access/outpatient coder. I cannot say enough good about LifeCare Medical for allowing me to complete my internship and helping me kick off my career, although none of this would have been possible if not for the HIT program at M State and having such great instructors like Bonnie Peterson and Kim Samuelson.


HIT earns national ranking

M State's Health Information Technology/Coding program has been recognized by BestColleges.com as the No. 5 online health information technology associate degree program in the nation in 2018. Rankings are based on academic outcomes, affordability and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities, according to the BestColleges.com website.


M State recognized for Minnesota's top medical billing, coding programs

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has been recognized as the top Minnesota college for programs in medical billing and coding by the student resource website Medical Billing & Coding World.

The website identified the top college in each state based on tuition and accreditation, along with each school's job assistance and job placement programs.

M State offers an associate degree in Health Information Technology/Coding and a diploma program in Medical Coding and Insurance.

The 64-credit online Health Information Technology/Coding degree prepares students for careers in health information management.

The 50-credit Medical Coding diploma program, offered online and in Moorhead, prepares students for jobs related to billing for medical services.

Health Information Technology Student Achievement Data

Data on this page is updated annually by December 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.

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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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Health Information Technology/Coding Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Online

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Meet the faculty

Rachel Castillo

Health Information Technology Program Clinical Coordinator/Faculty
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Bonnie Peterson

Health Information Technology Program Director/Faculty
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Background check required

State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students who do not pass the background check will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation. Students in some programs also are required to complete a national and/or federal criminal background study.

Students may also be required to complete a national background and/or federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to clinical. The cost of the national background check is $65 is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted.


Required HIT/Coding courses

  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery
  • Health Information Systems
  • Medicolegal Aspects
  • Professional Practice Experience Functions (Internship)
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Health Records
  • Introduction to Procedure Coding
  • Intermediate Procedure Coding
  • Medical Science for Health Information Professionals
  • Supervisory Leadership in Health
  • Quality Management Studies
  • Reimbursement Systems
  • Professional Practice Experience Coding (Internship)
  • Introduction to Diagnosis Coding
  • Intermediate Diagnosis Coding
  • Health Care Data Management and Analysis
  • Medical Terminology

Last modified: March 29th, 2019 at 09:21am