• Health Information Technology/Coding

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Health Information Technology Coding

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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 Technician (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 (CAHIIM) in association with 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.


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


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.


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

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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
  • 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: September 21st, 2016 at 03:11pm