Health Information Technicians are an essential part of the health information and health care team. Health Information Technicians control the use and release of health information in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, government agencies, insurance companies - any place where medical information is generated, collected and stored. This career combines health, business and legal aspects into a promising future. Most program graduates obtain employment in coding, release of information, quality improvement, abstracting or supervision. This is a two-year program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) in association with the American Health Information Management Association's Council on Accreditation. Graduates of an accredited program are eligible to take a national registration exam allowing them to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(19 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ADS 1300 Medical Terminology
ADS 1303 Pharmacology in the Medical Office
ADS 1304 Applied Medical Terminology
ADS 1310 Medical Transcription, Quality Management and Production
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
HIMC 1100 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIMC 1150 Legal Aspects of Health Information
HIMC 1250 Health Information Technician Experiential Foundations
HIMC 1300 Alternative Health Record Systems
HIMC 1350 Pathophysiology
HIMC 2000 ICD-9-CM Coding
HIMC 2001 CPT Coding
HIMC 2004 Advanced Coding
HIMC 2020 Health Information Technology Review
HIMC 2030 Certified Coding Assistant Review
HIMC 2040 Quality Management and Healthcare Statistics
HIMC 2240 Supervision of Health Information
HIMC 2250 Health Information Technician Experiential Capstone 2-3*
HIMC 2270 Computerized Health Information
Total Credits: 44  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 42 while the section is listed as having 44 credits.
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
(select 6 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
Total Credits: 6  
 
Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Choose one of the following combinations: ADS 1301 and BIOL 108 OR BIOL 210, BIOL 211, and CHEM 101
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
BIOL 108 Human Biology
BIOL 210 Human Anatomy
BIOL 211 Human Physiology
CHEM 101 Survey of Chemistry
 
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
(1 Course)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
MATH 201 Elementary Statistics
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 5: History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
 
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
As needed to complete at least 20 credits of general education
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 12  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 65  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.