Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology video

Program Number: 10-530-1
School Year: 2014-2015
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Online, (Clinicals required)
FLEx Degree

Program Description

This field is where health care meets the cutting edge of technology! Health information technicians are specialists in great demand! The HIM professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector expands in the century. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. Health information technicians contribute to the quality of care by collecting, analyzing, and reporting health care data. This requires knowledge of disease, treatments, computer systems and organizational skills.

This program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All core program classes are offered online.

Graduates are in great demand by hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, medical research organizations and government agencies.

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) http://cahiim.org. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

Moraine Park's Health Information Technology graduates have exceeded the national pass rate on the RHIT exam for over 25 years.

Job shadowing in this field is recommended prior to application. For more information about this career: www.ahima.org/careers/intro.cfm.

Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$22,878 $58,496

Approximate Costs

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Manage health data.
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems.
  • Maintain electronic applications to manage health information.
  • Apply organizational management techniques.
  • Model professional behavior and ethics.

Career Opportunities

  • Coding Specialist
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Reimbursement Coordinator
  • Data Quality and Integrity Monitor
  • Data Security, Privacy and Confidentiality Manager
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Enterprise Content Information Manager

Program Applications

Applications are currently being accepted.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-107 Introduction to Healthcare Computing 2
530-176 Health Data Management 2
530-181 Introduction to the Health Record 1
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-189 Basic Anatomy 3
 - OR - 
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
 
Term 2
103-181 Microsoft Access 2
530-177 Healthcare Stats and Research 2
530-178 Healthcare Law and Ethics 2
530-182 Human Diseases for the Health Professions 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 15
 
Term 3
530-160 Healthcare Informatics 4
530-161 Health Quality Management 3
530-184 CPT Coding 3
530-196 Professional Practice 1 3
530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 19
 
Term 4
530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement 2
530-194 HIM Organizational Resources 2
530-195 Applied Coding 2
530-198 Professional Practice 2 3
530-199 ICD Procedure Coding 2
801-197 Technical Reporting 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 17
 
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 67

Exit Assessment

An Internship is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.