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Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree
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The Health Information Management accreditor of Saint Paul 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 2022-2023. 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
Health Information Technology AAS Degree Program Statistics
- Graduation Rate - 25% of students in the program from Fall 2019 – Summer 2020 completed all program requirements leading to graduation.
- Employment Rate – 89% of graduates from Fall 2019 – Summer 2020 obtained employment in a related field within one year.
- Student Satisfaction Rate – 80% of students from Fall 2019 – Summer 2020 expressed satisfaction with their academic program.
- Certification Exam Pass Rate – 80% of all students taking the RHIT Examination between Fall 2019 and Summer 2020 successfully wrote their examination to gain their credential.
- Graduates Continuing Education – Between Fall 2019 and Summer 2020, 3 graduates from the program are continuing their education to earn an elevated degree.
- Graduates of a Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management accredited Health Information Technology program are eligible to apply to write the American Health Information Management Association, Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination.
- This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 17.2 percent from 2014 to 2024 in the Seven County Mpls-St. Paul, MN area. Data Source: LMIwise
- Private physician offices and clinics
- Specialty clinics
- Long-term care facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Government offices
- Insurance industry
- Dental and chiropractic clinics
- Information technology suppliers
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Health information technicians organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Health information technicians play a vital role in the health care industry by participating in the creation, completion, distribution and retention of medical record documentation according to policies and procedures outlined by several regulating bodies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Facilities and Medicare.
Individuals enrolled in the
Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program will obtain a broad body of knowledge that will allow them to work in many capacities within a health information department. Some of the tasks include release of information, processing of medical documentation, coding and abstracting, and may include supervisory or leadership roles based on skill and ability.
Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online and traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN
Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C" or better in READ 0722
Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C" or better in ENGL 0922
Arithmetic: Score of 250+
Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.
Computer Skills: Basic computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet usage or a grade of “C" or better in BTEC 1418.
Students must have successfully completed the following required courses with a “C" grade or better:
General Education Courses
- Goal 1: ENGL 1711: Composition 1
- Goal 1: COMM 17XX
Technical Education Courses
- MEDS 1420: Health Information Foundations
- MEDS 1470: Anatomy/Physiology for the Medical Office
- MEDS 1480: Medical Terminology
Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on all completed college courses.
Students transferring courses to Saint Paul College from another institution must have an Official Transcript on file in the Student Records Office.
Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below.
For more information please go to www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.
Health Information Technology AAS
- BS Health Information Management, College of St. Scholastica
- BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus
- BS Health Information Management, Herzing University
BA Health Care Administration, Concordia University, St. Paul
BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University
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- Specialized software in the completion of HIM processes such as record tracking, release of information, coding, grouping, registries, billing, and quality improvement
- Experiential learning and application of medical coding classification systems that include ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS
- Policies and procedures to comply with the changing regulations among various payment systems for healthcare services
- Policies and procedures to assure the accuracy of health information