Why St. Kate's
Love of teaching
Our faculty are dedicated to St. Kate’s mission, which means putting students first. “I teach at St. Kate’s because of its mission to educate well-rounded health care professionals with a strong liberal arts core, and because of the diversity of students we have. I think it’s important that we have a broader workforce to serve a multicultural population in the healthcare industry,” says Marsha Holey, assistant professor and program director.
St. Kate’s offers an integrated curriculum that allows you to advance from coding specialist (certificate program) to health information specialist (associate of applied science degree). Students may then choose to apply to the health information management program (bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree).
After many years working in the health information field Leah Heublein returned to college in St. Kate’s HIS program, graduating in 2006. Since then, she has been promoted to director of Health Information Management at Park Nicollet Health Services. “St. Kate’s helped me to know that I have the tools to do the job and the confidence to continue to keep moving ahead,” she says.
Responsive to students
St. Kate's is very understanding of student needs. Health information students often are first-time college students, and many are working full time, with families. We have academic and personal support services, and we offer scheduling flexibility that allows students to work and advance their education.
Many health information courses combine online learning and testing with in-class, face-to-face education. This provides the best of both worlds for students. You have a chance to meet with professors and other students, yet the ability to learn at home.
History in health information
St. Kate's spearheaded one of the first HIS programs in Minnesota in 1965 when it was St. Mary’s Junior College. The program has been continually accredited since its inception. St. Mary’s also launched one of the first medical coding programs in 1985.