Health Information Technician/Medical Coding Specialist

​Health Information Technician

The Health Information Technician program is aimed at students who seek careers in the administrative areas of health care. Students gain knowledge in electronic health record software systems and in the legal and managerial aspects of health information.

Included in the on-campus work is hands-on experience with the 3M Coding and Reimbursement Software encoding system. This software helps students produce accurate diagnosis and procedure codes for patient encounters. Electronic health record systems are also explored.

The program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management in association with the American Health Information Management Association’s Council on Accreditation. Graduates of this AAS program have the opportunity to take a certification exam from the American Health Information Management Association and, if successful, become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Medical Coding Specialist

Medical Coding Specialist is a 17-month diploma program (three semesters plus three-week internship). Students become familiar with anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, diagnostic and procedural terminology, computers, and pharmacology.

There is an emphasis on completeness, accuracy, and quality. At the end of the program, students will complete an internship in a medical facility — clinic, long-term nursing facility, rehabilitation center, hospital, recovery center, or social service agency. Graduates will be prepared for employment as a medical coding specialist.

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.