Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology at SCTCC

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Health Information Technology

With a degree in health information technology, you are responsible for the quality, safety, and efficiency of the healthcare system. The exchange of clear, accurate health information is becoming more and more important as health records become digital.

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. This a career for people who have great attention to detail.

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.

This program is available online.

Medical Coding

The Medical Office Coding diploma prepares students for in-demand careers in medical coding, billing, and reimbursement. 

Students learn inpatient and outpatient coding guidelines, business office practices, privacy regulations, how to navigate through an electronic health record, and other medical office procedures.

After finishing the program, grads are able to take the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam through AHIMA. This certification is a great way to increase job options in the workforce.

This program is 100% online.

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 
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

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

Graduates of the Medical Coding Program work with physicians and other medical support staff at hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies, and other medical practices such as pharmacies, nursing homes, eye clinics, dental offices and chiropractors. Many locations allow coders to work from home after meeting quality and productivity standards.

Where Grads Work

  • CentraCare Health Plaza
  • VA Healthcare System
  • St. Cloud Hospital 
  • St. Cloud School District 
  • St. Cloud Medical Group
  • Midwest Home Care
  • St. Cloud Orthopedic 
  • HealthPartners 

Accreditations & Credentials

The Associate Degree, Health Information Technology, at St. Cloud Technical and Community College 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.

Graduates of the Medical Coding diploma are able to increase their hire-ability by taking the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam through AHIMA upon graduation.

Info Sessions

4:30 PM


Contact Us

Phone: (320) 308-5232
Fax: (320) 308-5985

Phone: (320) 308-5065

Program Scholarship

Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

Additional Information

Computer requirements

Because this program is online, students are required to have a quality PC (not Mac) laptop or desktop computer, scanner and printer (or access to a scanner and printer) with consistent high speed internet connection. Students will be required to connect to online software applications, download various software programs and lecture videos, upload documents and photos, and access the internet for assignment submissions prior to the due dates. Students will use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Desire To Learn (D2L) on a regular basis. Students are expected to use resources at SCTCC's IT department, the software vendors and their internet company to assist with troubleshoot technical issues to ensure assignments are submitted in a timely manner.

Attrition/retention rate   

  • For the period Fall 2017 through Spring 2018      - 87%

RHIT exam results     

  • For the 4th Quarter 2017   - 75% pass rate

Job placement rate 

  •  For the period 8/1/2016 through 7/31/17 -  100%

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