Health Information Technology/Medical Coding

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Anoka Technical College offers two Health Information Technology programs: an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Health Information Technology 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

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

 

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).  Only graduates of a program accredited by CAHIM are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education

Course Number  Course Title
Credits
 ADSC 1246
 HIT Professional Practice Experience II 2
 ADSC 1252
 Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
 HITM 1221  Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 HITM 1240  CPT Coding 
3
 HITM 1244  Law and Ethics
2
 HITM 1325  Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare
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
 HITM 2240
 Computerized Health Information
 3
 HITM 2245
 Health Care Statistics and Data Registries
 3
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 
 2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 TOTAL    45
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
15
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Students are required to take:
 BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
 ENGL
 Need at least 3 credits from ENGL
3
Remaining Gen Ed/MnTC credits are to be can be taken from PSYC or SPCH
3

Program Outcomes

Placement Rate: 83.4%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%

(2015)

Full-Time Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
HITM 1221
Intro to Health Information Management
3
HITM 1130
ICD-10-CM Coding
3
HITM 1230
ICD-10-PCS Coding
3
HITM 1244
Law and Ethics
2
HLTH 1000
Disease Conditions
 2
INTS 1000
Critical Thinking  Applications for College
 3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Spring Semester
HITM 1110
Medical Terminology in Health Information
3
HITM 1240
CPT Coding
3
HITM 1200
Billing and Reimbursement
2
HITM 1120  HIT Practicum I
3
HLTH 1005
Anatomy & Physiology
 4
 TOTAL

15
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
ADSC 1252
Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
BIOL 1106
Introduction to Biology
4
 Ged Ed/MnTC
   8
 TOTAL   15
 
 Spring Semester
ADSC 1246
HIT Professional Practice Experience II
2
HITM 2245
Health Care Statistics and Data Registries
3
HITM 2240
Computerized Health Information 3
HITM 1210
Supervision of Health Information
3
HITM 1325
Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare
3
 TOTAL
14

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

The Health Information Management (HIM) professional is an important connection between doctors, patients, insurance providers, and other healthcare 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; and 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
763-576-4042

Jody Sandberg
763-576-4066

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

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

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.

Accrediatation/Certification

The Medical Coding Specialist diploma can prepare students to sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or the Certified Procedural Coding-Apprentice (CPC-A) credentials.

 

 

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS 41
 Technical Education

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC 1252
 Professional Practice for Coding Specialist 3
 HITM 1110  Medical Terminology in Health Information
3
 HITM 1130  ICD 10-CM Coding
3
 HITM 1200
 Billing and Reimbursement
2
 HITM 1221
 Intro to Health Information Management
3
 HITM 1230
 ICD 10-PCS Coding
 3 
 HITM 1240  CPT Coding
3
 HITM 1244  Law and Ethics
2
 HITM 1250
 Advanced Coding
2
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology 
4
 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: 83.4%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%

(2015)

Full-Time Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number
 Course Title
 Credits
 HITM 1221
Intro to Health Information Management
3
 HITM 1130
ICD 10-CM Coding 3
 HITM 1230
ICD 10-PCS Coding
3
 HITM 1110
Medical Terminology in Health Information 3
 HLTH 1000
Disease Conditions
 2
 TOTAL
   14
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC 1010
Keyboarding I 3
 HITM 1240
CPT Coding
3
 HITM 1244
Law and Ethics  2
 HITM 1200
Billing and Reimbursement   2
 HLTH 1005
Anatomy and Physiology
 4
 TOTAL
   14
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester 
 *COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
 ENGL 1105
Composition I
4
 ADSC 1252
Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
 3
 SPCH 1200
Interpersonal Communications  3
 HITM 1250
 Advanced Coding
 2
 TOTAL
   15
  * The prerequisite to COMP1000 is COMP 0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

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
763-576-4042

Jody Sandberg
763-576-4066