Health Information Technology Certificate

Health Information Coding Specialty Concentration
Michelle Boller, Director

Health information coders play a vital role in the connection between health care providers, patients and insurance companies. In this position, no matter the facility, you will need to read patient charts to determine medical history, including diagnoses and treatments given. Students must develop an understanding of anatomy, medical terminology and disease processes.  This provides them with the necessary tools to determine correct codes and sequences, a required skill in this position.  .

From clinics to hospitals to physicians’ offices, health information coders use medical codes to document patient diagnoses and treatments. Specifically, their duties include:

  • Reading and analyzing patient records
  • Determining the correct codes for patient records
  • Using codes to bill insurance providers
  • Interacting with physicians and assistants to ensure accuracy
  • Keeping track of patient data over multiple visits
  • Managing detailed, specifically-coded information
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality and information security

Graduates may seek employment in clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, and opportunities to work at home. An Associates of Applied Science degree is awarded upon completion of the program. Students are encouraged and eligible to sit for certification exams offered by AAPC or AHIMA to earn the following credentials: Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and/or Certified Professional Coder (CPC). 

Certificate of Completion - Health Information Technology

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 12-18

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019


Complete one of the following tracks:
Computing Track12
Health Professional Track18

Computing Track

Note: This certificate requires both the courses listed below and the successful completion of a degree in a computing-related field, i.e. Information Technology.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals3
HIT 101Intro to Healthcare Informatic3
HIT 265Electronic Health Records3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Health Professions Track

Note: This certificate requires the courses below in addition to the successful completion of a degree in a clinical health profession-related field, i.e. nursing.

Complete all of the following courses:
CSCI 172Intro to Computer Modeling3
CSCI 240Databases and SQL3
HIT 101Intro to Healthcare Informatic3
HIT 265Electronic Health Records3
ITS 150CCNA 1: Exploration3
ITS 210Network OS - Desktop3
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C-