Health Information Technology

Anoka Technical College offers two Health Information Technology programs: a degree, and a diploma in Medical Coding.

Health information management (HIM) professionals organize and manage health information data to ensure quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper and electronic systems. HIM professionals are an important connection between doctors, patients, insurance providers, and other healthcare professionals.

The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology is a 60-credit program that prepares students for a career working in health care and settings where health information is utilized. A student graduating with an HIT degree is well prepared to assume an entry-level position in this professional field.

Successful graduates are prepared to demonstrate:
  • essential professional and technical knowledge 
  • skills and competencies fundamental to the health information management profession 
  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • skills in using resources and technology
  • problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Prerequisites

See Credits:

* The prerequisite to this course is COMP 0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding

 

 

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct contact with patients as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Anoka Technical College will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Certifications

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

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education

Course Number  Course Title
Credits
 ADSC 1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 ADSC 1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC 1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC 1245  Concepts of Health Data Registries
3
 ADSC 1246  HIT Professional Practice Experience II 
2
 ADSC 1247  Health Information Systems and Technology
3
 ADSC 1325  Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare
3
 COMP1000  Introduction to Computers*
3
 HITM 1110 Medical Terminology in Health Information  3
 HITM 1120 HIT Practicum I 
 HITM 1130 ICD-10-CM Coding 
 HITM 1200 Billing and Reimbursement  2
 HITM 1210 Supervision of Health Information 
 HITM 1230 ICD-10-PCS Coding   3
 HLTH 1000   Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 TOTAL    45
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Students are required to take:
 BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking
OR
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
 TOTAL    15
 

Program Outcomes

Placement Rate: 87.5%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%

(2011)

Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers*
3
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HITM 1110  Medical Terminology in Health Information
3
   
 TOTAL
19
 
 Spring Semester - Under Construction
    



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Part-Time Sequence

 PART-TIME Sequence - Under Construction

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Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

The Health Information Management (HIM) professional is an important connection between doctors, patients, insurance providers, and other health care professionals within the field. By maintaining, collecting, and analyzing health information, the HIM professional makes an important behind the scenes contribution to the delivery of quality care. Besides working with cutting-edge technology, HIM professionals are experts in the field of patient health information and health records.

Health information technicians ensure the quality of health information by:

  • verifying health records completeness and accuracy and proper entry into computer systems;
  • utilizing computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data;
  • coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and research;
  • compiling and maintaining registry data;
  • maintaining quality control of health records;
  • assuring patient privacy and data security;

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, projects that employment for health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average.

Credentialed health information technicians (RHITs) can look forward to many expanding career opportunities due to increasing patient privacy/data security legislation and computerization of health information. 

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Faculty

Georgina Sampson
763-576-4700

Jody Sandberg
763-576-4700

The Anoka Technical College Medical Coding Specialist diploma is a 42-credit program that prepares students to assume an entry-level position as a medical coder in an acute care hospital, clinic or physician’s office health care setting.

Program outcomes are designed to assure that graduates of the program will be prepared to demonstrate:
  • essential professional and technical knowledge
  • skills and competencies fundamental to the medical coding profession
  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • skills in using resources and technology
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • critical thinking skills.

Prerequisites

See Credits:

* The prerequisite to COMP1000 is COMP0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding

 

 

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct contact with patients as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Anoka Technical College will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Accediatation/Certification

The Anoka Technical College Medical Coding Specialist diploma program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association, and can prepare students to sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

 

 

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS 42
 Technical Education

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC 1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 ADSC 1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC 1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC 1252  Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
 HITM 1110 Medical Terminology in Health Information 
 HITM 1130  ICD 10-CM Coding 3
 HITM 1230  ICD 10-PCS Coding  3
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 NURS 1140  Pharmacology
1
 TOTAL    32


 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Ten (10) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers 3
 ENGL 1105  Composition I 4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communication 3
 TOTAL   10 

Program Outcomes

Placement Rate: 87.5%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%

(2011)

Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence Under Construction

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 

 Spring Semester
 

 Summer Semester
 

 

Part-Time Sequence

 PART-TIME Sequence Under Construction

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 

 Spring Semester
 

 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester



 Spring Semester
 

 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
 

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Medical Coding Specialist diploma transfers directly into the Anoka Technical College Health Information Technology associate in applied science (AAS) degree; and credit transferability into the Medical Administrative Specialist associate in applied science (AAS) degree and the Medical Receptionist diploma programs.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Graduates of the Medical Coding Specialist diploma program will:
  • Analyze medical record documentation in order to assign diagnostic and procedures codes.
  • Provide important information for the health care reimbursement process.
  • Assist in medical research and statistics.

Medical coding specialists analyze health record documentation in order to assign and/or ensure that valid codes are applied to medical diagnoses and procedures to facilitate reimbursement, analysis of patient outcomes and statistics. The coding specialist must have a thorough understanding of the content of the health record in order to be able to locate information to support or provide specificity for coding.

Therefore, coding specialists receive training in the anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes in order to understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, projects that employment for health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Georgina Sampson
763-576-4700

Jody Sandberg
763-576-4700