Health Information Technology

NOTE: This program is currently in moratorium.

This program is being revamped and is temporarily not accepting new students.  For more information, please contact advisor Brenda Rudolph at (406) 756-3858 or at

This certificate has been developed in response to an estimated need for 10,000 new Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals to assist in the transition of the nation’s health information management from paper-based systems to electronic medical record applications. It is designed to target professionals who are already working in a health-related or technology field. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Work with data flows across HIT systems;
  • Migrate data to an electronic health record;
  • Evaluate Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems to select the EHR most appropriate to an organization and clinical setting;
  • Apply regulatory policies to ensure safety of data; and
  • Design and implement a plan to install a health IT system.

This certificate is designed for students who have already completed a degree in Information Technology or a related field or worked in a related field.

Additional Costs

There are lab fees associated with some of the classes in this program. They are listed in the semester schedule.

Opportunities after graduation

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Job prospects should be very good. In addition to job growth, numerous openings will result from the need to replace medical record and health information technicians who retire or leave the occupation permanently. Technicians that demonstrate a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.


Brenda Rudolph
BSS 106
(406) 756-3858

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.


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