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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 is a smiley, happy girl! She is very active and keeps us on our toes!

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, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Jamaica, 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

  • HITP-110 Medical Terminology
  • HITP-120 Intro to Health Info Technolgy
  • HITP-150 Legal & Ethical Issues in HIT

Program Faculty

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

Tina Bruce, RHIA, CCA
Tina Bruce, RHIA, CCA
HIT Instructor
brucet@sanjuancollege.edu

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


Neil Fischer
Neil Fischer
fischern@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


Charletta Samson
Charletta Samson
Administrative Assistant, HIT
samsonc@sanjuancollege.edu

Ron Winston
Ron Winston
Online Instructor
winstonr@sanjuancollege.edu


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