Health Information Specialist



Health Information Specialist

Becoming a Health Information Specialist (HIS) requires you to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). St. Kate’s HIS program will prepare you for this certification. Upon graduation, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

St. Kate’s HIS program will teach you to use computerized systems and become competent in five roles: information manager, coding specialist, quality assurance specialist, supervisory manager and registry specialist.

When you graduate, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam of the American Health Information Management Association. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be credentialed and ready to practice as a registered health information technician (RHIT).


The HIS program at St. Catherine University is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Course schedule

You can complete the associate degree at St. Kate’s in a two- or three-year program. Health Information Specialist courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings. The three-year option requires students to register as pre-professional students and take the majority of their liberal arts and sciences courses in the first year.

Required courses

  • Medical Terminology for Health Information Professionals
  • Information Technology
  • Health Record as Information Tool
  • Health Document Content and Structure
  • Pharmacology and Clinical Lab
  • CPT Coding
  • ICD Coding
  • Healthcare Statistics and Quality Assurance
  • Professional Practice Application
  • Advanced Coding
  • Organization and Supervision
  • Capstone: Topics and Professional Practice Application of Health Record Management
  • Reimbursement Systems

Required supporting courses

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Disease
  • Ethical Problems in Healthcare

Additional liberal arts and science and CIL requirements

  • Transcultural Learning through Community Connections
  • Human Ecology
  • Composition I
  • General Psychology
  • Power and Social Change
  • ART elective
  • ENGL literature elective
  • SSCS elective
  • THEO elective
  • Elective

NOTE: This curriculum is very tightly prescribed. Failure to follow the curriculum guide may result in class schedule conflicts. It also might result in the need to enroll in additional credits or a delay in graduation. Before registering for any given semester, you should consult with the program curriculum guide, available online and through the Registrar’s Office.