Program Overview

Rochester Community and Technical College offers a Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science. The Health Information Technology degree is for students who are interested in data management, computers/technology, and the healthcare industry. This program prepares students to work in agencies such as health care facilities and providers, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, software companies, and researchers.

This online program consists of 64 credit hours and can be completed in at least two years. Full- and part-time schedules are available for courses and can be started any semester. A full-time schedule of courses can be finished within four semesters and a part-time schedule can be completed within six semesters.   

Students enrolled in the Health Information Technology program at Rochester Community and Technical College are required to complete Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) General Education requirements and Professionally-Related Business requirements. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum General Education requirements are classified into 6 Goals. These goals include courses in the following categories: Written and Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Natural Sciences or Mathematics/Logical Reasoning, History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Humanities-the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy. Professionally Related subjects that are required include topics in medical terminology, computer programs, coding, introduction to health records, health information and their legal aspects, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and supervision of health information.

Since this class is predominantly online, it is important that enrolled students ensure their computer meets program requirements. Students who enter this program must also be proficient in keyboarding by typing at least 35 words per minute. Enrolled students who do not meet this requirement are encouraged to enter a keyboarding course. Keyboarding course BTEC 1050 will not count towards credits required to complete the program.

Students wishing to be admitted into the program first must meet the admission criteria. Then students must complete the Rochester Community and Technical College Application for Admission and the Program Application.

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

    School Overview

    Rochester Community and Technical College is a public, 2-year institution of higher learning located in the town of Rochester, Minnesota. The school was founded in 1915 and is the oldest public 2-year institution in the state of Minnesota. RCTC is now a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System that serves the needs for higher education in Minnesota.

    RCTC offers associate's degrees, diplomas, and certificates, many of which can be earned completely online.


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