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Healthcare Technology A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Healthcare Technology A.A.S. Degree at CLC?

Certified Instructors

Cutting Edge Technology and Emerging/High Demand Skill Sets

Convenient Scheduling: Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as many online offerings.

Microsoft IT Academy, Cisco Networking Academy, CompTIA Authorized Academy

VUE, Prometric and Certiport Test Center Onsite

Education and Career Advisors

Outstanding Career Placement

Extensive, hands-on training, working with industry hardware and software

State-of-the-art Labs– over $500,000 invested in labs

Internships are available in each program

About the Program

The healthcare industry is going through sweeping changes due to government regulations and technology improvements causing the organizations to focus even more on compliance, efficiencies, and revenue management.  During this time of exciting change the industry is demanding skilled employees who can collect, manage and analyze healthcare data.

This provides the Healthcare Administrative Specialist opportunities to improve quality and coverage in healthcare by lowering costs, maximizing efficiencies, and playing a role in patient safety.  This degree is the business and compliance side of healthcare.  The program prepares you for the high demand careers where you work with patient information and technology; you leave as a specialist in medical office tasks, medical records, revenue cycle management and customer service skills.

IT specialists are in high demand. The Computer Information Technology Program will help prepare graduates by introducing them to a wide variety of subjects in information and emerging technologies that they will encounter in the field. Subjects covered include computer troubleshooting and repair, basic networking, operating systems, supporting common end user applications, as well as soft skills like oral and written communication and customer service. The curriculum is delivered using currently released industry software including operating systems (OS), network operating systems (NOS) and applications. This program teaches skills needed to work for companies with small to mid-size help desks or large corporate user support centers. Instructors are industry certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry. There is 100% placement of our graduates within the IT field.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester – First Year
COMP 1109  Introduction to Operating Systems (3 cr)
COMP 1120  Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr)
COMP 1204  Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware ( 4 cr)
COMP 1230*  Network Essentials  (4 cr)
HINS  1148  Introduction to Healthcare Technology (1 cr)
Total 15 Credits

Spring Semester
COMP 1253*  Client Operating System Administration (4 cr)
HINS 1120  Introduction to Health Information and Security (1 cr)
HINS 1142  Healthcare Information Systems (3 cr)
General Education (6 cr)
Total 14 Credits

Fall Semester – Second Year
COMP 2113*  Advanced OS – Command Line and Powershell (4 cr)
COMP 2202*  Computer User Support (3 cr)
HINS 1165  Medical Records Management (3 cr)
HINS 2144  Legal Aspects of Healthcare (2 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total 15 Credits

Spring Semester
COMP 2111*  Security Essentials (4 cr)
COMP 2116*  IT Project Management (3 cr)
HINS 2148  Healthcare Management and Organization (3 cr)
General Education (6 cr)
Total 15 Credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

Career Description: Healthcare Technology is an emerging profession within the industry of healthcare. This entry level degree demonstrates professional knowledge in healthcare information and health IT. The medical community depends on individuals who have a knowledge of the healthcare processes, state and federal compliance rules and computer information systems to create and maintain the health IT infrastructure. Healthcare technology professionals, as part of the information technology and information systems staff, work closely with providers of care, administration, vendors and other healthcare staff to ensure compliance, security, and functionality for health organizations.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply project management and change management principles to create and assist in implementation project plans to achieve the project goals;
  • Install hardware, and configure and use software to meet practice needs and implementation projects;
  • Confirm usability principles into design and implementation;
  • Test software against performance specifications;
  • Conduct user analysis to facilitate workflow design and integrate information technology into the functions of the workflow;
  • Work with providers, departments to design processes and information flows;
  • Interact with end users to diagnose IT problems and implement solutions;
  • Support network and application systems security and standards;
  • Communicate both health and IT concepts appropriately; and
  • Support customers by resolving hardware and software issues.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: Cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Certification: This program will help students prepare for the following certifications: Microsoft MCP and MTA; Comp TIA A+, Network+, Security+, and Project+, and AHIMA CHTS (CP and IS). Central Lakes College is a VUE and Prometric Authorized Test Center. All certification exams can be delivered onsite.

Career Opportunities: Opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, physician offices, medical group practices, integrated health systems, consulting firms, and government agencies.

Career Titles: Clinical Helpdesk EHR Revenue Cycle Service Technician Application System Analyst Network Analyst Implementation Support Clinical Data Analyst Application Specialist

Advisory Board: Jodi Carlisle, Senior Director of Fraud and Analytics – United Healthcare Tara Jacobson, Supervisor of EHR Revenue Cycle Applications – Essentia Health Corey Hins, Central Lakes College – formerly of Essentia Health


darDar Houle
Dar graduated from Brainerd Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dar holds Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications from Microsoft and holds Net+, Security+, and Certified Technical Trainer (CTT) certification from CompTIA. Dar worked in management as a director of purchasing for six years and was a senior analyst for a technology consulting firm before moving to Central Lakes College in the fall of 2000. She also spent five years as a customer service representative working with administrative support personnel and doing database programming in both PC and mainframe systems. Office: 218.855.8256 Email Dar for more information

ronRon Houle
Ron Houle – Ron graduated from Brainerd Community College with an Associate of Arts. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica. Ron holds Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications from Microsoft and is a Certified Novell Administrator. Ron holds CompTIA Net+ certification and is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Ron is a published author of an MCDST textbook/manual and a technical editor and frequent reviewer for books focused on Microsoft system engineering, networking, and administration. Ron has been teaching business management and computer technology for over 24 years, spent two years as an Information Systems Manager and 17 years in circulation management with the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. Office: 218.855.8091 Email Ron for more information

susanSusan Bremer
I have over 16 work years in the healthcare industry. I have worked in many different healthcare setting from a rural hospital, major insurance company, and eventually an integrated health system. My experience has been in the revenue management fields both in management and application systems. I have a B.S. from Bemidji State University in Business Administration. I fell into healthcare and literally fell in love with the field; and that lead me to receive a dual Masters in HIM and ITL. I am also nationally certified as an RHIA. I can’t get enough of the business and compliance side of healthcare, it is constantly being updated and changing…I’m kind of a nerd that way. But I found a second love and that is education and I want my students to fall in love with what they do – that is the key to success and wealth. Email Susan for more information

sam_espanaSam Espana
Sam Espana has a wide range of work experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry. He’s held roles such as a systems analyst, systems/database administrator, programmer analyst, senior IT project manager, and Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare-IT (UnitedHealth Group, Regions Hospital). He’s taught computer courses as adjunct faculty at Dakota County Technical College since 1999. He also taught computer curriculum at Metropolitan State University and at Ridgewater College. He joined the team at CLC in 2015. Espana graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Today, he’s working toward his doctorate degree in Information Security at Nova Southeastern University. His areas of interests include healthcare IT, cybersecurity, database management, networking, cloud computing, mobile application development and computer curriculum development. Outside of the classroom, Espana enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities and traveling. Office: 218-855-8291 Email Sam for more information

Student Testimonials


Minnesota Department Of Human Services; Information Technology Specialist 3 Mn.It Services @ State Operated Services
My computer degrees from CLC and St. Scholastica have served me well! Thank you for providing such a wonderful program.


Senior Software Engineer, 7Sigma Systems
My favorite things about the CLC Computer Technology department are the wide range of interesting classes, the friendly, helpful professors, and the affordable cost. CLC is an excellent path to take because it offers so many ways to achieve your goal. The CLC Computer Technology department is always putting the most current technology in front of the students.

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