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Health Information Technology

CAHIIM Accredited* Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available at the State College and Altoona Campuses

The South Hills Health Information Technology program trains students in ICD-10 and CPT coding, EHR (electronic health records), healthcare quality improvement, reimbursement systems, and more. Students in our HIT program will hone the high-tech skills needed to manage and analyze information for both patients and the facilities where they receive care. You’ll find career opportunities at hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, government agencies, and other healthcare facilities.

Our HIT graduates are in demand for positions including Inpatient and/or Outpatient Coder, Health Data Analyst, Abstractor, Medical Records Manager, Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisor, and HIM Manager.


Successful students in this program are detail-oriented, enjoy working with computers and technology, analyzing data, and working in a team setting. Leadership skills are a plus, as many of our HIT graduates become supervisors or managers in a wide variety of healthcare environments.

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* This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon successful completion of the HIT program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Registered Health Information Technology (RHIT) examination.

Complete Course List

Health Information Technology Course List

Health Information Technology Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermMD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE183Business English I4.060
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field4.060
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
PD110Professional Development2.024
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II4.060
HI111Introduction to Computer Systems in Health Information Technology2.536
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals4.060
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Third TermIT234Advanced Microsoft Excel2.536
GE210Business English III3.560
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
HI234Principles of Supervision3.036
Fourth TermHI225CPT-44.048
HI238Health Care Statistics2.024
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
IT235Microsoft Access3.548
HI232Quality Improvement and Data Analytics4.560
Fifth TermHI235Advanced Coding3.048
HI230Electronic Health Records2.536
HI233Health Records in Other Settings2.530
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
HI229Medical Legal Aspects3.036
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
Sixth TermCD215Career Preparation for HIT2.024
HI239Health Information Seminar2.024
HI237Professional Practice Experience11.0330
125.0 Credits1,832 Clock Hours

Careers in Health Information Technology

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our HIT graduates are prepared for a variety of healthcare career options, including:

Each HIT student completes a semester-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience invaluable to a career in the healthcare field. We have placed interns at locations including:

Graduates of the HIT Program at South Hills are well-trained and in demand for their up-to-date knowledge of today’s medical technology, versatility, and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

Meet the Faculty

CAHIIM Annual Survey

Health Information Technology Program Outcome Statistics – Graduates of 2017

 State CollegeCohortAltoonaCohort
Job Placement100%378%9
Graduate Satisfaction100%391%9

The CAHIIM Annual Survey outcome statistics are based on the students who graduated from August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017. The job placement rate includes graduates hired for jobs within their field and related fields, and who were hired within 9 months of completion of their degree.

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Betsy Forsythe Coordinator of Software Systems and Technology Support University Orthopedic Center
Lynn Hall, RHIA Manager, Health Information Department Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
Dana Price Director, Health Information Management Department The Meadows Psychiatric Center
Lisa Witt Health Information Manager Penn State University Health Services
Bridgett Sidorick Records Specialist Penn State University Health Services
Diana Simpson Medical Records Supervisor SCI Rockview
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Jennifer McClaren, RHIADirector of Quality AssuranceAdelphoi Village
Diane Harris, RHITDirector of ITUPMC Altoona
Kelly Harris, RHITHIM ManagerTyrone Regional Hospital
Faith Neal, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CHP, CPHQ, CPHRM, CPEHR, HIMSenior ConsultantnThrive
Pamela Starr, RHITCompliance & Privacy OfficerBlair Medical Associates
Betsy Susko, RHITInformaticsJames E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
Mary Walker, RHITSupervisory HITJames E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
Michele Gonsman, RN, BSNOwner/Nurse ConsultantGonsman Group Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC
Lisa Young, RHIT, CRC, CPC-AQuality Coding and Documentation EducatorGeisinger Health Plan/Gray Woods
Arlene Tressler, RHITHIM Service LeaderJ.C. Blair Memorial Hospital
Walter C. Wright, Jr., RHIADirector, Health Information Services & Revenue IntegrityConemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Sherri StayerPractice ManagerAltoona Lung Specialists Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania
Ashley WaybrightRecord AnalystConemaugh Nason Medical Center
Leah MoistPatient Service RepresentativeWomen’s Health and Laser Care

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