Health Information Technology

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

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

"The Health Information Technology program (HIT) prepares graduates for a career in many different settings in the healthcare field. They are exposed to current applications and processes being used in the profession. Graduates receive extensive hands-on training in pertinent areas such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, CPT-4, electronic health records, encoders, etc. The small class size along with faculty who remain current in their field of expertise allow us to provide the latest information in the class setting. The students are eligible to sit for the national RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) certification exam as well as several coding certification exams."

Kay Strigle
HIT Program Coordinator / Instructor at the State College Main Campus

HIT Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Health Information Technology are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Healthcare Management or Health Studies through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management or Health Studies in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our HIT program will automatically transfer into the program. Students and alumni may transfer in additional credits through military or other colleges as applicable, accepting up to 98 credits. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online. Both programs are also fully online.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Health Information Technology Course List for 2016-17

This program information appears in the 2016-17 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals460
EN104Business English I460
MD108Medical Terminology I336
PD110Professional Development224
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care336
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22286
 
SECOND TERM
MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
EN105Business English II460
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field460
MD109Medical Terminology II336
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.5286
 
THIRD TERM
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
HI102Pathophysiology5.560
HI234Principles of Supervision336
GE210Business English III3.560
CP326Advanced Microsoft Excel230
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS23306
 
FOURTH TERM
GE257Health Care Statistics224
HI231Health Care Quality Improvement4.560
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
HI225CPT-4448
MD242Pharmacology336
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22.5288
 
FIFTH TERM
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
HI230Electronic Health Records2.536
HI233Health Records in Other Settings2.530
HI229Medical Legal Aspects336
MD241Medical Insurance Forms4.560
HI301Advanced Coding348
CD207Job Search Skills224
GE213Oral Business Communications224
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22294
 
SIXTH TERM
HI402Health Information Seminar4.548
HI606Professional Practice Experience 11330
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS15.5378

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:

  • Abstractor
  • Coding Manager
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Inpatient and/or Outpatient Coder
  • Medical Records Manager
  • Medical Records Specialist
  • Health Information Management (HIM) Manager
  • Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisor

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:

  • Central PA Podiatry Associates
  • Centre Crest
  • Drayer Physical Therapy
  • HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Geisinger- Lewistown
  • Homewood at Martinsburg
  • James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore Hospital
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Mount Nittany Physician’s Group
  • State Correctional Institute at Rockview
  • Susquehanna Health Systems
  • Tyrone Hospital
  • University Orthopedics

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:

  • Blair Medical Associates
  • Brookline Retirement Village
  • Cardiology Associates
  • Centre Medical and Surgical Associates
  • Cornerstone Family Eye Care
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates
  • Medical Billing and Management Services
  • Nittany Eye Associates
  • Meadows Psychiatric Center
  • Penn State Family Medicine
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Pyramid Health Care
  • State College Orthodontics
  • Valley View Nursing Home

Program Advisory Board Members

State College Main Campus
NameTitleCompany
Kristen AlexanderMOA IIPenn State Hershey Medical Group - Windmere Group
Lynn Hall, RHIADirector of Health Information Management DepartmentCentre Crest
Dana Price, RHITDirector of Health Information Management DepartmentMeadows Psychiatric Center
Lisa Witt, RHITSupervisor, Health Information ManagementUniversity Health Services
Altoona Campus
NameTitleCompany
Kelly Ferguson, CCSAssistant Director HIMTyrone Hospital
Diane Harris, RHITDirector ITUPMC Altoona
Kelly Harris, RHITDirector HIMHealth South Rehabilitation Hospital
Jennifer McClaren, RHIADirector of Quality AssuranceAdelphoi Village
Faith Neal, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CHP, CPHQ, CPHRM, CPEHR, HIMSenior ConsultantPrecyse
Pamela Starr, RHITCompliance and Privacy OfficerBlair Medical Associates
Betsy Susko, RHIT James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
Mary Walker, RHIT, CCS-PSupervisory Health Information TechnicianJames E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
Bonnie Yingling Delta Health Technologies, LLC
Brian Hyde, RNCorrections Health Care AdministratorSCI Somerset
Michele Gonsman, RN, BSN, ALNC, CPSSOwner/Nurse ConsultantGonsman Group, Legal Nurse Consulting

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Health Information Technology Disclosures page on our website.