Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

If you have a passion for healthcare – but don’t want to be in the ER or exam room – consider a career in health information technology. With a degree in health information technology, you are responsible for the quality, safety, and efficiency of the healthcare system. How? Through the exchange of clear, accurate health information in an electronic environment.

The health information technology degree prepares you to serve others through patient registration, medical coding, billing, pre-authorization and referrals, and the sharing of patient information in a legally compliant manner. Attention to detail is a must!

A health information technology degree offers the flexibility to work in so many places. Clinics, hospitals, specialized practices like chiropractic or dental, home healthcare, hospice, insurance firms, and many others.

Learn more about this important role in the healthcare system through the links provided at right.

Skills Acquired

  • Compliance with privacy and security standards for patient information
  • Analytical skills to ensure patient data integrity
  • Critical thinking and problem solving for assigning medical codes
  • Facilitate communication of health information among patients, physicians, insurance providers, billing and finance personnel, and other healthcare professionals 
2015 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Wage

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • e-HIM Specialist
  • Patient Registrar
  • Billing Customer Service Representative
  • Medical Biller
  • Coding Specialist
  • Prior Authorization/Referral Specialist
  • Claims Analyst
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Release of Information Specialist

Potential Employers

  • Clinic/physician office
  • Home health/hospice
  • Acute care hospital
  • Long term care facility
  • Integrated healthcare delivery system
  • Insurance firm
  • Software vendor
  • Rehabilitation center
  • Data management firm
  • Chiropractic office
  • Dental office

Projected Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Accreditations & Credentials

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

Students may take the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam upon completion of the HIT program.  Students who successfully pass the exam earn the RHIT credential.

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