• Health Information Technology/Coding

    Health information technology is a growing career field for those who want to work in the health care industry but not in direct patient care.


Health Information Technology/Coding

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 write the Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


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 online through eCampus
  • Full range of tutoring and support services available to eCampus students
  • Program combines general education and technical education courses with professional practice requirements
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam through AHIMA
  • Students can earn additional credentials through M State's Health Information - Technology Specialist certificate program

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

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Meet the faculty

Bonnie Peterson
Health Information Technology Program Director/Instructor
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Kimberle Samuelson
Health Information Technology Instructor
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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.

Medical Records and Health Information Technician regional wage

Medical Records and Health Information Technician regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Health Information Technology/Coding program have employment opportunities with hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, home health and hospice agencies, mental health facilities, law firms, computer software vendors, insurance industry, government agencies and IT suppliers.

Description: Compile, process and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the health care industry's numerical coding system.

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach


Medical Records and Health Information Technician employment

499 Employed in your area

29 Estimated annual job openings

117 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 74 15%
25-34 112 22%
35-44 85 17%
45-54 111 22%
55-64 96 19%
65+ 21 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required HIT/Coding courses

  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery
  • Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • Medicolegal Aspects
  • Professional Practice Experience Functions
  • Health Information Systems and Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Health Records
  • Basic Pharmacology for Coders
  • Introduction to CPT Coding
  • Supervisory Leadership in Health
  • Quality Management Studies
  • Reimbursement Systems
  • Professional Practice Experience Coding
  • Health Record Documentation
  • Introduction to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition

Learn more

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· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 09:58am