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Health Information Technology

Video: Health Information Technology

Program Number: 10-530-1
School Year: 2017-2018
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Online, (clinicals required)
FLEx Degree

Program Description

This field is where health care meets the cutting edge of technology! Health information technicians are specialists in great demand! The HIM professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector expands. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. Health information technicians contribute to the quality of care by collecting, analyzing, and reporting health care data. This requires knowledge of disease, treatments, computer systems and organizational skills.

This program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All core program classes are offered online.

Graduates are in great demand by hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, medical research organizations and government agencies.

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

Moraine Park's Health Information Technology graduates have exceeded the national pass rate on the RHIT exam for over 25 years. In addition, 100% of program students have received a favorable rating on the professional practice site supervisor evaluation in the five technical domains and employability (core abilities) skills.

Job shadowing in this field is recommended prior to application. For more information about this career:

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $37,378

Approximate Costs

  • $130.35 per credit (resident)
  • $195.53 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Fees shown are 2016-2017 fees; 2017-2018 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems.
  • Model professional behavior and ethics.
  • Apply organizational management techniques.
  • Apply data governance principles to ensure the quality of health data.
  • Apply informatics and analytics in data use.

Career Opportunities

  • Coding Specialist
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Reimbursement Coordinator
  • Data Quality and Integrity Monitor
  • Data Security, Privacy and Confidentiality Manager
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Enterprise Content Information Manager

Program Applications

Applications are currently being accepted.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 2
530-162 Foundations of HIM 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-189 Basic Anatomy 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
Term 2
530-178 Healthcare Law and Ethics 2
530-182 Human Diseases for the Health Professions 3
530-184 CPT Coding 3
530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
801-1XX Communication Course 3
Total 14
Term 3
530-163 Healthcare Stats and Analytics 3
530-164 Introduction to Health Informatics 3
530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement 2
530-199 ICD Procedure Coding 2
809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 16
Term 4
530-161 Health Quality Management 3
530-165 Intermediate Coding 3
530-166 HIT Capstone 1
530-167 Management of HIM Resources 3
530-196 Professional Practice 3
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 16
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 62

General Education Options

View the Health Information Technology General Education Course Options.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

Academic Planner

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

An Internship is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.