Health Information Technology

Anoka Technical College offers two Health Information Techology 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. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information. 

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 69-credit program that prepares students for a career working in health care and settings where health information is utilized. A student graduating with a degree in Health Information Technology is well prepared to assume an entry-level position in this professional field.

Specifically, 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 health information management profession; effective written and oral communication skills; skills in using resources and technology; problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking skills.

PDF Program Guide     

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
 69
 Technical Education
51
 * see Prerequisites; ** see below
 ADSC1040  Applied Medical Terminology
2
 ADSC1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC1181  Microsoft Access
2
 ADSC1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 ADSC1231  CD-9-CM Coding**
3
    OR
 ADSC1100  CD-10 Coding**
3
 ADSC1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC1241  HIT Professional Practice Experience I
2
 ADSC1242  Health Care Delivery Systems
2
 ADSC1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC1245  Concepts of Health Data Registries
3
 ADSC1246  HIT Professional Practice Experience II 
2
 ADSC1247  Health Information Systems and Technology
3
 ADSC1249  Advanced Coding & Reimbursement
2
 ADSC1325  Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare
3
 COMP1000  Introduction to Computers*
3
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
 ITEC1020  Project Management
2
 NURS1140  Pharmacology
1
 SMGT1602  Supervision Fundamentals
3
 
 General Eduaction/MnTC Requirements
18
Eighteen (18) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 BIOL1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
 PSYC1505  General Psychology
 SPCH1120  Public Speaking
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
 

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
 ADSC1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 BIOL1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 COMP1000  Introduction to Computers*
3
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
   
 TOTAL
18
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1040  Applied Medical Terminology
2
 ADSC1231  CD-9-CM Coding**
3
    OR
 ADSC1100  CD-10 Coding**
3
 ADSC1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC1247  Health Information Systems and Technology
3
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
 ITEC1020  Project Management
2
 NURS1140  Pharmacology
1
   
 TOTAL
17
 
 Summer Semester
 ADSC1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC1181  Microsoft Access
2
 ADSC1241  HIT Professional Practice Experience I
2
 ADSC1242  Health Care Delivery Systems
2
   
 TOTAL
8
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC1249  Advanced Coding & Reimbursement
2
 PSYC1505  General Psychology
 SPCH1120  Public Speaking
 SMGT1602  Supervision Fundamentals
3
   
 TOTAL
15
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1245  Concepts of Health Data Registries
3
 ADSC1246  HIT Professional Practice Experience II 
2
 ADSC1325  Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare
3
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
   
 TOTAL
11

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

Part-Time Sequence

 PART-TIME Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 HLTH1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
   
 TOTAL
9
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 COMP1000  Introduction to Computers*
3
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 SPCH1120  Public Speaking
   
 TOTAL
10
 
 Summer Semester
 ADSC1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC1181  Microsoft Access
2
 PSYC1505  General Psychology
   
 TOTAL
8
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1040  Applied Medical Terminology
2
 BIOL1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
   
 TOTAL
10
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1231  CD-9-CM Coding**
3
    OR
 ADSC1100  CD-10 Coding**
3
 ADSC1247  Health Information Systems and Technology
3
 ITEC1020  Project Management
2
 NURS1140  Pharmacology
1
   
 TOTAL
9
 Summer Semester
 ADSC1241  HIT Professional Practice Experience I
2
 ADSC1242  Health Care Delivery Systems
2
   
 TOTAL
4
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC1249  Advanced Coding & Reimbursement
2
 SMGT1602  Supervision Fundamentals
3
   
 TOTAL
8
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1245  Concepts of Health Data Registries
3
 ADSC1246  HIT Professional Practice Experience II 
2
 ADSC1325  Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare
3
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
   
 TOTAL
11

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 and critical thinking skills.

PDF  Program Guide

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
32
* see Prerequisites; ** see below
 ADSC1010  Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC1040  Applied Medical Terminology
2
 ADSC1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 ADSC1231  CD-9-CM Coding**
3
    OR
 ADSC1100  CD-10 Coding**
3
 ADSC1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC1249  Advanced Coding & Reimbursement
2
 ADSC1252  Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
 ITEC1020  Project Management
2
 NURS1140  Pharmacology
1

**Student to select the appropriate course based on advisor’s recommendation, which will be based on Health and Human Services determination for ICD- 10 implementation. Students are required to take HITM1100 ICD-10 Coding as part of their program; however they can continue to take ADSC1231 ICD-9-CM Coding during this transition period.

 General Eduaction/MnTC Requirements
10
Ten (10) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 *COMP1000  Introduction to Computers 3
 ENGL1105  Composition I 4
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication 3
 

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
 ADSC1010  Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC1231  CD-9-CM Coding**
3
    OR
 ADSC1100  CD-10 Coding**
3
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
 NURS1140  Pharmacology
1
   
 TOTAL
15
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1040  Applied Medical Terminology
2
 ADSC1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 ADSC1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC1249  Advanced Coding & Reimbursement
2
 *COMP1000  Introduction to Computers
3
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
   
 TOTAL
19
 
 Summer Semester
 ADSC1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC1252  Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
   
 TOTAL
8
 

Part-Time Sequence

 PART-TIME Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1010  Keyboarding I
3
 HLTH1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
   
 TOTAL
9
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1040  Applied Medical Terminology
2
 *COMP1000  Introduction to Computers
3
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions 
2
   
 TOTAL
7
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 ADSC1231  CD-9-CM Coding**
3
    OR
 ADSC1100  CD-10 Coding**
3
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
 NURS1140  Pharmacology
1
   
 TOTAL
11
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC1240  Coding & Reimbursement for Physicians' Services
3
 ADSC1244  Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health Care
2
 ADSC1249  Advanced Coding & Reimbursement
2
   
 TOTAL
7
 
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC1252  Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
   
 TOTAL
8

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