Program Description

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Health Data Specialist
Health Data Specialist AAS Degree (60 Credits)

Program Description
The Health Data Specialist (HDS) program at SCTCC integrates curriculum from the health information technology and computer programming field to meet the changing data processing needs of the healthcare industry. As healthcare information moves to electronic platforms, the HDS program gives students a solid background in security, database modeling and cryptography, all relevant skills in the storage, maintenance and use of digital healthcare data.

Students will apply computer programming, troubleshooting, and information technology skills to the installation, maintenance, and upgrade of standard, customized or proprietary medical software and associated hardware. The HDS program provides instruction in telecommunications, electronic healthcare records software applications, computer security and data privacy. Students will also use varied electronic health record software applications to replicate patient information and patient encounters. Legal issues and data security and integrity are covered in this program.

Degree Specific Program Requirements: All students in this program must have a laptop meeting current specifications of the program as found on the SCTCC website. Students who have earned a grade of "C" or better, in all technical classes, as well as an overall GPA of 2.5 or better will have satisfied the program requirements for the AAS degree. If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study, or on your ability to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Career Opportunities
Jobs in these areas include healthcare integration, healthcare systems analyst, clinical information technology consultant, technology support specialist, data/application analyst, application specialist, documentation specialist, and clinical quality data coordinator.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
CMSC1203 Structured Programming Logic 3 Credits
CMSC1212 Web Markup Language 3 Credits
CMSC1225 Java Language I 3 Credits
HITM1215 Health Information Foundations 3 Credits
HITM1228 Administrative Medical Terminology 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
CMSC1216 Database Modeling I 3 Credits
CMSC1217 Data Analytics 3 Credits
CMSC1255 PHP 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
CMSC1206 Basic Networking/ Security 3 Credits
CMSC2201 Database Modeling II 3 Credits
HITM2212 Quality Improvement and Healthcare Statistics 3 Credits
HITM2220 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
BUSM1212 Customer Relationship Management 3 Credits
CMSC2220 Cryptography 3 Credits
HITM1240 Computerized Health Information 3 Credits

General Education
MATH1300 College Algebra 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications Oral 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Written 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 5 Social Sciences 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 6 Humanities 3 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $2,350 plus laptop

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303