Health Information Technician
Medical Coding Specialist​

Program Distinctions

• Earn your degree or diploma TOTALLY ONLINE
• HANDS-ON INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE in a medical facility — clinic, long-term care facility, rehabilitation center, hospital, social service agency, or an ONLINE experiential working in a virtual setting  
• STRONG EMPHASIS on completeness, accuracy, and quality

​He​alth 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.

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.

The Health Information Technician and Medical Coding Specialist degree and diploma are computer intensive programs. A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software is beneficial. If a student is not secure in Microsoft Office software, additional classes in Word, Excel and PowerPoint may be helpful.

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.