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health information technology


    Video: Health Information Technology

    Program Number: 10-530-1
    School Year: 2018-2019
    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.

    CAHIIM logo

    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 (HIT) graduates have exceeded the national pass rate on the RHIT exam for over 25 years.  100% of Moraine Park's HIT graduates taking the exam in 2016/2017 passed.  The national pass rate was 69%.
    • 100% of the 2018 program students received a score of 92 - 100 (potential job candidate/strong job candidate) on the professional practice experience evaluations.
    • 83% of the responding 2016/2017 graduates were employed in the field within six (6) months of graduation. 

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

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $35,357

    Approximate Costs

    • $134.20 per credit (resident)
    • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    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.   
    • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.


    Semester 1
    501-101Medical Terminology3
    501-107Digital Literacy for Healthcare2
    530-162Foundations of HIM3
    801-136English Composition 13
    806-189Basic Anatomy3
     - OR - 
    806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
    890-101**College 1012
    Semester 2
    530-178Healthcare Law and Ethics2
    530-182Human Diseases for the Health Professions3
    530-184CPT Coding3
    530-197ICD Diagnosis Coding3
    801-1XXCommunication Course3
    Semester 3
    530-163Healthcare Stats and Analytics3
    530-164Introduction to Health Informatics3
    530-185Healthcare Reimbursement2
    530-199ICD Procedure Coding2
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Semester 4
    530-161Health Quality Management3
    530-165Intermediate Coding3
    530-166HIT Capstone1
    530-167Management of HIM Resources3
    530-196Professional Practice3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements62

    Institutional Requirements

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

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    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.