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. The Health Information Technician program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of an accredited program are eligible to take a national registration exam allowing them to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). NOTE: A grade of "C" or above must be achieved for all of the required Health Information Technician/Medical Coding Specialist programs (HIT/MCS) and required general education courses in the HIT degree and MCS diploma to progress in the program and qualify for graduation.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(19 Courses)
Course Title Credits
HIMC 1100 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIMC 1110 Anatomy and Physiology
HIMC 1120 Medical Terminology
HIMC 1140 Pharmacology
HIMC 1150 Legal Aspects of Health Information
HIMC 1250 Health Information Technician Experiential Foundations
HIMC 1320 Reimbursement Methodologies
HIMC 1330 Electronic Health Records
HIMC 1340 Health Records Documentation
HIMC 1350 Pathophysiology
HIMC 2001 CPT Coding
HIMC 2003 ICD Coding
HIMC 2004 Advanced Coding
HIMC 2006 ICD-10-PCS Coding
HIMC 2020 Health Information Technology 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: 48  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 47 while the section is listed as having 48 credits.
General Education Required Courses
(3 Courses)
Course Title Credits
BIOL 108 Human Biology
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
Total Credits: 10  
General Studies Applied Elective Courses
Select general education courses with recommendation from advsior. Slection of courses must result in courses completed from 3 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 6  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 64  

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