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
Technical Elective Courses
(select 48 credits from the courses below)
Choose a minimum of 48 credits.
Course Title Credits
HIMC 1100 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIMC 1110 Anatomy and Physiology
HIMC 1115 HIMC Applications
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 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
MEDA 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I
MEDA 1021 Disease Conditions
MEDA 1113 Medical Terminology
MEDA 2032 Pharmacology
Total Credits: 48  
Elective Courses
(select 1 credit from the courses below)
Choose at least one credit to complete 49 credits of HIMC courses.
Course Title Credits
HIMC 2252 Health Information Technician Internship
HIMC 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1*
Total Credits: 1  
General Education Required Courses
(1 Course)
Course Title Credits
ENGL 1210 College Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing
Total Credits: 3  
Goal Area 1: Communications
Choose any CMST course for 3 credits.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
General Studies Applied Elective Courses
General Education courses will be selected from at least three (3) of the ten (10) goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer curriculum. Elective courses may be taken from any of the ten (10) goal areas.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 9  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 64  

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