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Healthcare Systems Technology (AAS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Healthcare Systems Technology?

With growth of electronic health records and technology in health care, Healthcare Systems Technology is a high growth field.

Skills Acquired

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Healthcare Systems Technology will help students learn to:

  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data    
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients' health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment and data security

Careers in Healthcare Systems Technology

Projected Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that there will be a shortage of 51,000 qualified healthcare IT workers within the next five years.

The BLS also projects employment of Medical Records and Health Information Technicians to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022.

The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Types of Jobs

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Students who study Healthcare Systems Technology typically pursue careers in the field of:

  • Applications Software Developers
  • Computer and Information Scientists
  • Information Technologist
  • Informatics' specialist
  • Health Data specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Privacy and Security Information Technology
  • Specialist
  • Technology support


Average State Pay

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists $16.42 per hour and $34,160 annually as the national median pay for medical records and health information technicians.



Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems.

Degrees & Certificates in Healthcare Systems Technology

Normandale has designed an Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Systems Technology that will develop students' knowledge of information technology, health care data and processes across a variety of systems.

Continuing Education and Customized Training offers non-credit courses/certificates in health information technology to provide students skills and resources in the career advancement.

For more information on Continuing Education MNHIT programs, click here.

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This is a multidisciplinary program infused with the skills necessary to build a strong foundation in computer technology, health information technology and healthcare.  More specifically, students in this program learn:  software database design, data management, data privacy laws and regulations, work flow analysis and design, and healthcare and computer terminology. Additionally, graduates of this program have the knowledge to bridge the gap in communication between multiple departments within the organization.

Core Courses - 40 credits

Code Title Credits
COMT 1107 Introduction to Computer Technology 4
COMT 1173 PC Architecture Operation and Interface 3
COMT 1181 Database Management Systems 3
COMT 1182 Advanced Database with Crystal Reports 3
COMT 2188 Systems Analysis and Design 3
COMT 2250 Object Oriented Programming with Java for HCST 4
CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving 4
HLTH 1010 Health Professions Terminology 3
HLTH 2010 Healthcare in the US 3
HCST 2096 Professional Practical Experience 2-4
HCST 2100 Introduction to Health Information Technology 4
HCST 2200 Privacy and Security in Health Information Technology 2

Additional Required Courses - 20 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
or MATH 1090 STATWAY Statistics 2 4

Complete at least 9 credits from MnTC Goal 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

    Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.