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Deborah Honstad, MA, RHIA — Program Director/Associate Professor

Deborah Honstad, MA, RHIA
Department Health Information Technology
Phone 505-566-3597
Email honstadd@sanjuancollege.edu

Degrees Received

  • MA, Concordia University Saint Paul, 2007 - Organizational Management
  • BA, College of St. Scholastica, 2001 - Health Information Management

Biography

I've been onboard with San Juan College since 2006 as a fulltime, online faculty member. Overall, I have been teaching in both residential and online classrooms since 2004. I am also the Director of the HIT Program.

I have a bachelor's degree in Health Information Management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota and a master's degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have also taken and successfully passed my RHIA exam. Currently, I am pursuing a doctorate degree in Leadership at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

During college I worked in release of information to start getting experience in the HIM field. My first job after college was at a large hospital. There I managed the clerical portion of the HIM department which had 25 employees. Round the clock! Next I took a position at an insurance company in fraud and abuse. I analyzed claims data and performed investigations looking for fraudulent providers. Very interesting work! Also while at this organization, I was part of a development team that was building a claims editing system for hospital outpatient claims.

I live in Minnesota with my husband Nate and our daughter Abby. Abby loves school and is also involved in dance, tennis, and track and field. She keeps us busy!

When I'm not teaching I like to be active and outdoors. I run, do aerobics, go on walks with my family; anything to get me outside. I also enjoy traveling. Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Greneda, St. Lucia, and the Dominican Republic, are a few of the most exciting places that I’ve visited. I also have a dog named Max - he's a Yorkie Poo.

Courses Taught


Program Faculty

Don Blackburn, DPT
Don Blackburn, DPT
blackburnd@sanjuancollege.edu

Tina Bruce, RHIA, CCA
Tina Bruce, RHIA, CCA
Assistant Professor
brucet@sanjuancollege.edu

Dee Beasley, RHIT
Dee Beasley, RHIT
HIT Instructor
chacond@sanjuancollege.edu


Troy Fuhrman
Troy Fuhrman
MHA, RT(R)(MR) Human Body Function Instructor
fuhrmant@sanjuancollege.edu

Deborah Honstad, MA, RHIA
Deborah Honstad, MA, RHIA
Program Director/Associate Professor
honstadd@sanjuancollege.edu

Alice Jaramillo
Alice Jaramillo
Adjunct Fauclty- HIT
jaramilloa@sanjuancollege.edu


Sandra Johnson
Sandra Johnson
HIT Program Instructor
johnsons@sanjuancollege.edu

Gregory Reynolds
Gregory Reynolds
Instructional Specialist
reynoldsg@sanjuancollege.edu

Ron Winston
Ron Winston
Online Instructor
winstonr@sanjuancollege.edu


Melody Conrad
Melody Conrad
Administrative Assistant
conradm@sanjuancollege.edu


For more information, please call Deborah Honstad at (505) 566-3597. Or send an email to hitp@sanjuancollege.edu.