Program Overview

The Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science degree at Minnesota State Community and Technical College trains students to become important members of healthcare teams.  Health information technicians secure, analyze, integrate, and manages health information for patient care, planning, marketing, reimbursement, research, and legal areas.  There are also courses in the program that take place in health care facilities in order to enhance students’ education and give students practical experience.  Those who complete this program should be eligible for entry-level positions in a variety of healthcare facilities.

Upon completion, students will be taught how to verify health information data and its source, use the various coding system learned in the program, interpret data for quality management, calculate statistics, and perform reviews for external agencies.  Other skills include the ability to enforce patient confidentiality, maintain filing and retrieval systems, use departmental policies and procedures, and show professionalism.  Students will also learn about the AHIMA Code of Ethics and its importance to their profession.

This degree has both program classes as well as general education classes.  General education courses include a wide range of academic areas such as mathematics, various sciences, communications, and humanities; this will provide the student with a broad and globally-based knowledge and skill-set.  Students may be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    School Overview

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.

    M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.


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