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Health Information Technology/Medical Coding

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We are glad to see you are interested in Health Information Technology/Medical Coding. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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HIT/Medical Coding Information Sessions
Date Time Location
 Sept. 21, 2021
 5:30 pm
Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/91627135587
 Oct 26, 2021  2 pm Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/6044888391
 Oct 26, 2021  6 pm Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/6044888391
 Nov. 16, 2021  5:30 pm Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/91627135587
 Dec. 14, 2021  5:30 pm Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/95322017973

Program Information

Anoka Technical College offers two Health Information Technology (HIM) programs: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology, 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 health care professionals.

 

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The Health Information Technology accreditor of Anoka Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2021.  All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL  60601: by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Student Achievement/Outcomes

  Year    Graduation Rate     Employment Rate  Exam Pass Rate 
 2019-2020     100% 
13/13
 100%
12/12
 66.67%
6/9

Graduation Rate: The percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete the HIT program within 150% of the published time for the program. 

Employment Rate: The percentage of graduates from the HIT program who are employed within one year of graduation. Information based on graduation survey results.

Exam Pass Rate: The percentage of students who tested and passed the RHIT certification exam as first-time test takers. 

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) is a 64-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.
  • Problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Course Prerequisites

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

  • BIOL 1106: READ 0900 or appropriate placement score
  • HITM 2000: MATH 0801 or appropriate test score and instructor approval
  • HITM 2245: MATH 0801 or appropriate test score
  • HITM 2261: Successful completion of first three semesters of HIT program and instructor permission

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.
  2. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to work in a hospital/healthcare setting beginning as an entry-level supervisor.
  3. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to sit for a number of coding credentials, such as the CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-H.
  4. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to work in a hospital, clinic, public health facility, insurance company, or related facility.
  5. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to deal with confidential patient information and work in the area of release of information.
  6. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to transfer to a four-year degree program in Health Information Management.
  7. Successful completion of the degree will allow the student to further their career path by continuing their education in Tumor Registry.

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.

Accreditations

The Health Information Technology accreditor of Anoka Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2021. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601: by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Student Achievement/Outcomes

 YEAR GRADUATION RATE EMPLOYMENT RATE EXAM PASS RATE
 2019-2020 100% 100% 66.67%
   13/13 12/12 6/9

Graduation Rate: The percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete the HIT program within 150% of the published time for the program.

Employment Rate: The percentage of graduates from the HIT program who are employed within one year of graduation. Information based on graduation survey results.

Exam Pass Rate: The percentage of students who tested and passed the RHIT certification exam as first-time test takers.

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) determined that completion of the Health Information Technology (HIT) program prepares a student to take the national licensure examination for AHIMA RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) exam. Passage of the national exam is required for licensure in all 50 U.S. states and U.S. protectorates. Therefore, the HIT program MEETS educational requirements needed to obtain professional licensure in all 50 states and U.S. protectorates. The state board will evaluate each application in its entirety to make a final decision regarding professional licensure/certification. Additional requirements such as state-specific examinations, background checks, fees, additional training, experience and coursework, etc. may apply. 

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) which is a requirement for sitting for the certification exam. Our program prepares students for the AHIMA RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) exam. Passing the RHIT exam leads to national certification which is recognized in all states. Therefore, we have determined that our programs meet the certification requirements for all states. https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certifications-overview/

To obtain the contact information for the licensing boards, please see this link.

If you have additional questions related to being licensed in a different state or licensure in general, please contact, Georgina Sampson or Jody Sandberg.

Program Outcomes

STATISTICS

 Student Achievement/Outcomes
Year Graduation Rate Employment Rate Exam Pass Rate
2019-2020 100%
13/13
100%
12/12
66.67%
6/9

STATISTICAL DEFINITIONS
Graduation Rate:
The percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete the HIT program within 150% of the published time for the program.
Employment Rate:  The percentage of graduates from the HIT program who are employed within one year of graduation. Information based on graduation survey results.
 Exam Pass Rate: The percentage of students who tested and passed the RHIT certification exam as first-time test takers.

Program Sequence

 First Semester  17
ADSC 1171
Microsoft Excel

2

ADSC 1181
Microsoft Access
2
HITM 1110 Medical Terminology in Health Information  3
HITM 1130 ICD-10-CM Coding  3
HITM 1221
Introduction to Health Information Management
 3
HLTH 1005
Anatomy & Physiology
 4
 Second Semester
 15
BIOL 1106
Principles of Biology
4
HITM 1230
ICD-10-PCS Coding
3
HITM 1240
CPT Coding
3
HLTH 1000 Disease Conditions
2
INTS 1000
Critical Thinking applications for College
3
 Third Semester
17
HITM 1200 Billing and Reimbursement 2
HITM 1244
Law and Ethics 2
HITM 1250 Advanced Coding 2
HITM 2000
Health Information and Statistics
3
MnTC
English transferable course
3
MnTC General Education Elective

5
 Fourth Semester
 15
HITM 1210
Supervision of Health Information 3
HITM 1325
Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare  3
HITM 2240
Computerized Health Information
3
HITM 2245
Health Care Statistic and Data Registries 3
HITM 2261
Professional Practice Experience
3
                                                                                                                                                                                           

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

PDF Part-time Options

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology must earn a grade of “C” or higher in every course in the program.

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 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.

  • 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
GSampson@anokatech.edu

Jody Sandberg
JSandberg@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Medical Coding Specialist diploma program is a 41-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 Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Essential professional and technical knowledge.
  2. Effective written and oral communication skills.
  3. Skills in using resources and technology.
  4. Problem solving.
  5. Teamwork.
  6. Critical thinking skills.
  7. Eligible to work in any healthcare setting.
  8. Eligible to sit for the CCA exam.

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. The 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.

 

 

Program Outcomes

Placement Rate: 87%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%

(Program Outcomes for 2017)

 

Program Sequence

 First Semester 15
 ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel
2
 HITM 1110
Medical Terminology in Health Information 3
 HITM 1130 ICD 10-CM Coding 3
 HITM 1221
Introduction to Health Information Management
3
 HLTH 1005 Anatomy and Physiology 4
 Second Semester 14
 HITM 1230 ICD 10-PCS Coding
3
 HITM 1240
CPT Coding
3
 HLTH 1000
Disease Conditions
2
 INTS 1000
Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
  MnTC English
  3
 Third Semester  12
 HITM 1200
Billing and Reimbursement
2
 HITM 1244
Law and Ethics
2
 HITM 1250
Advanced Coding 2
 HITM 1260
Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
3
 MnTC General Education Elective

3

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

PDF Part-time Options

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking a diploma in Medical Coding Specialist must earn a grade of “C” or higher in every course in the program.

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:
  1. Analyze medical record documentation in order to assign diagnostic and procedures codes.
  2. Provide important information for the health care reimbursement process.
  3. 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 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

Faculty

Georgina Sampson
GSampson@anokatech.edu

Jody Sandberg
JSandberg@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710