Health Information Technician Program

You've got a knack for managing information. You're good with numbers, careful and detail-oriented, with an analytical brain — and you enjoy working with computers. If you'd like to use those talents to help other people by working in the rapidly-growing healthcare field, a Health Information Technology degree from Brown College can put you on the road to valuable job opportunities.

Health Information Technicians play a crucial role in today's information-driven healthcare industry. Even though you won't be working directly with patients as a Health Information Technician, the work you'll do is vital to their well-being. Quality healthcare depends on carefully maintained records that are accurate, secure, and accessible when needed. When medical records aren't managed correctly, serious errors can occur — and the results can be life-threatening.

That's why skilled Health Information Technicians are in such demand today — and why high-quality, professional Health Information Technician training is so important. Becoming a trained Health Information Technician can even put you on the path to management opportunities.

The Health Information Technician degree program at Brown College will help you master the skills you need to manage patient information professionally and learn the critical privacy procedures that are required to work in medical settings.

Our program also includes a supervised externship at a healthcare facility, where you'll be able to put the skills you learn into practice. By the time you graduate, you'll have the training and experience to pursue a dynamic career in health information at a wide range of healthcare establishments — from hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices, to insurance companies, law firms, and government health departments.

Opportunities: Where can your career as a Health Information Technician take you?

Healthcare facilities of all kinds depend on Health Information Technicians. And the already-heavy demand for Health Information Technicians is expected to keep growing in the coming years, as the US population ages. According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures."* New Medicare rules and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will also add to the patient records and other information that qualified technicians will be needed to organize and manage.

As a result, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020 — growing at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.*

Skills and Training: How you'll prepare for your new career

As you earn your Health Information Technology degree at Brown College, you'll be working with expert instructors — many of whom have direct experience working in the healthcare industry — from hospitals and clinics to insurance and government offices. Our curriculum will provide you with hands-on training in a variety of areas, including health data management, medical billing and coding practices, healthcare reimbursement and delivery systems, electronic health record maintenance, information technology, medical law and ethics, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and more.

As part of the program, you'll also gain meaningful, real-world experience by working in a modern healthcare setting as a part of a supervised externship/internship. You'll have the opportunity to hone your skills by working with real patient health information, becoming familiar with electronic health record systems and day-to-day healthcare office practices.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

This area of study is available at the following campuses: Click the links below for a more detailed program description at your campus of choice:
Mendota Heights, MN
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Mendota Heights
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technician
Brooklyn Center , MN
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Brooklyn Center