Accurate medical records are essential for patients. As a health information technician (program offered on campus and online), you’ll ensure that medical records are accurate and help prevent medical complications. Your technical skills will be vital to the operation of a medical record department in any healthcare facility.
Benefits of studying HIT at DSU
As part of the health information technology (HIT) program, you'll complete supervised professional practice. These internships are completed at a healthcare facility and provide hands-on training and networking.
You’ll be working with professionals and experts. Our faculty are active in professional health information organizations. For example, our program director has fellowship status in the respected American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). We also have an advisory board of professionals who provide input into our programs and help our students connect with the internships and professional practice they’ll need.
Outside the classroom, DSU has an active Health Information Management Club involved in social, community service, and other professional activities in the area. Grants and scholarships are also available for HIT students. In fact, scholarships specific to health information technology are available from AHIMA and the South Dakota Health Information Management Associations and other state associations. Contact our admissions team for more information.
These courses serve as a stepping stone to the B.S. in Health Information Administration (HIA) at DSU. If you choose to continue your studies, many of your courses will transfer directly into these programs—saving you time and money. In fact, the HIT program is designed to facilitate entry into the HIA program. Before you can enter the HIA program track, you’ll need the two years of course work that leads to the HIT degree. However, if you decide not to continue your studies, your associate’s degree will still land you a job in the health industry.
Health information management–specific software that is an industry leader is incorporated into classes. Courses are available via distance delivery, webcast videos, and other website resources.
DSU's HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Our graduates are prepared to take the AHIMA exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
HIT Associate Program Outcomes
94% Part-time students
100% Graduates employed within one year
100% Employer community satisfaction ratings
Sources: Office of Career Services, Dakota State University: "Dakota State University 2017 Graduate Outcomes Report"
Get your degree online
Our health information technology program is also offered completely online. Courses are available via distance delivery, webcast videos, and other website resources. We structure our classes to allow distance students to interact with those on campus. Learn more about our online health information technology program.
Possible job titles
- Health data analyst
- Insurance claims analyst
- Records technician specialist
- Clinical coding specialist
- Physician practice manager
- Patient information coordinator
See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.
Learn more about our health information administration options.
Schedule a campus visit to meet health information professors and students in the department and see the campus.
You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.