Health Information Technology
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.
* 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.
"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."
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.
Complete Course List
This program information appears in the 2017-18 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.
|MD102||Anatomy & Physiology I||5.5||60|
|MD103||Anatomy & Physiology I Lab||0.5||10|
|GE207||Applied Psychology in Health Care||3||36|
|GE183||Business English I||4||60|
|GE179||Mathematics for Health Care Professionals||4||60|
|MD108||Medical Terminology I||3||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22||286|
|MD106||Anatomy & Physiology II||5.5||60|
|MD107||Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||0.5||10|
|GE184||Business English II||4||60|
|HI228||Introduction to the Health Care Field||4.0||60|
|MD109||Medical Terminology II||3||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||21.5||286|
|IT223||Advanced Microsoft Excel||2||30|
|GE210||Business English III||3.5||60|
|HI103||Health Data Content and Reimbursement||4.5||60|
|HI226||ICD Coding I||4.5||60|
|HI234||Principles of Supervision||3||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||23||306|
|HI231||Health Care Quality Improvement||4.5||60|
|HI238||Health Care Statistics||2||24|
|HI227||ICD Coding II||4.5||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22.5||288|
|HI230||Electronic Health Records||2.5||36|
|HI233||Health Records in Other Settings||2.5||30|
|GE178||Human Relations in the Workplace||2.5||36|
|CD207||Job Search Skills||2||24|
|MD241||Medical Insurance Forms||4.5||60|
|HI229||Medical Legal Aspects||3||36|
|GE213||Oral Business Communications||2||24|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22||294|
|HI236||Health Information Seminar||4.5||48|
|HI237||Professional Practice Experience||11||330|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||15.5||378|
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:
- 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
Kay Strigle, RHIA
HIT Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus
Kay Strigle, RHIA has been an instructor with South Hills since 1986 when she started the Health Information Technology program. She serves as the Director of the program.
Kay graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Medical Records Administration and maintains her RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) credentials.
She has worked as a Supervisor of Medical Records in an HMO in the Dallas area, as well as Director of Medical Records and Director of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review in an acute care setting. Kay brings her management skills and knowledge of the healthcare field into the classroom environment.
Recognized as an outstanding member of PHIMA for her work in HIT education, Kay is an active member of AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), PHIMA (Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association) and CPHIMA (Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association).
State College Main Campus
Pam Meister has taught at South Hills for 18 years. Pam is an instructor of anatomy and physiology and other health-related classes. She is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a BSN in Nursing. Pam has practiced throughout the U.S. in the areas of Medical-Surgical, Psychiatric, and OR Nursing. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. She is also a member of the Anatomy & Physiology Society, Inc., which is dedicated to promoting excellence in the teaching of human anatomy and physiology.
Jamie Ellison, RHIA
HIT Program Coordinator / Instructor
Jamie Ellison has been an instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2014 and currently serves as Director of the Health Information Technology program at our Altoona campus.
A graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Jamie earned her B.S. in Health Information Management. She has been a Registered Health Information Administrator since 2000. She started her career as an Oncology Registrar at the Cancer Center at St. Clair Hospital, and has since been Director of Medical Records in a Long-Term Care Facility, State Correctional Institution, and an Intellectual Disability Center. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) and the Western Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (WPHIMA).
Mary Prorok is the Administrative Medical Assistant advisor for South Hills Altoona campus. Mary specializes in allied health education for Medical Assistant, Administrative Medical Assistant, and Health Information Technology students. Mary earned her RN Associate’s degree from Mount Aloysius College and continued her education from Saint Francis College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor's and Master's degree in nursing.
Her nursing experience includes staff nursing on a medical-surgical unit, mental health instructor in a hospital school of nursing, and adjunct faculty at Mount Aloysius College. She is also currently an instructor of CPR and First Aid classes through the American Heart Association.
Mary has interest and experience in complementary medicine and that adds a holistic approach to the student and to the classroom.
Program Advisory Committees
|Member Name||Job Title||Company|
|Lynn Hall||Consultant||Centre Crest|
|Dana Price||Director, Health Information Management Department||The Meadows Psychiatric Center|
|Lisa Witt||Health Information Manager||Penn State University Health Services|
|Kristen Alexander||MOAII||Penn State Hershey Medical Group|
|Betsy Forsythe||Coordinator of Software Systems and Technology Support||University Orthopedic Center|
|Diana Simpson||Medical Records Supervisor||SCI Rockview|
|Member Name||Job Title||Company|
|Jennifer McClaren, RHIA||Director of Quality Assurance||Adelphoi Village|
|Kelly Ferguson, CCS||Supervisory MRT (Coder)||James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center|
|Diane Harris, RHIT||Director of IT||UPMC Altoona|
|Kelly Harris, RHIT||HIM Manager||Tyrone Regional Hospital|
|Faith Neal, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CHP, CPHQ, CPHRM, CPEHR, HIM||Senior Consultant||nThrive|
|Pamela Starr, RHIT||Compliance & Privacy Officer||Blair Medical Associates|
|Betsy Susko, RHIT||Informatics||James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center|
|Mary Walker, RHIT||Supervisory HIT||James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center|
|Brian Hyde, RN, CHCA||Health Care Administrator||SCI Somerset|
|Michele Gonsman, RN, BSN||Owner/Nurse Consultant||Gonsman Group Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC|
|Lisa Young, RHIT, CRC||Quality Coding and Documentation Educator||Geisinger Health Plan/Gray Woods|
|Brady Stout, ACMPE||Practice Management Counsultant||Physician Revenue Management Services|
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.