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 record), 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 health care 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 and Full-time Instructor at the State College Main Campus

Complete Course List

Health Information Technology Course List for 2015-16

This program information appears in the 2015-16 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
MD120Anatomy & Physiology I3.558
MD123Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.514
CP101Introduction to Computing1.530
GE177Mathematics for Health Care Professionals360
GE170Business English I2.560
MD114Medical Terminology I236
PD102Professional Development124
GE253Applied Psychology in Health Care236
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16318
 
SECOND TERM
MD121Anatomy & Physiology II
MD125Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
GE171Business English II
HI222Introduction to the Health Care Field
MD105Medical Terminology II
CP270Microsoft Excel
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS
 
THIRD TERM
HI122Health Data Content and Reimbursement360
HI213ICD Coding I360
HI100Pathophysiology472
MG195Customer Relations236
GE245Business English III2.560
CP313Advanced Microsoft Excel1.530
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16318
 
FOURTH TERM
GE249Health Care Statistics124
HI223Health Care Quality Improvement360
HI214ICD Coding II360
HI212CPT-42.548
MD200Pharmacology236
HI200Principles of Supervision236
CP272Microsoft Access360
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5324
 
FIFTH TERM
GE172Human Relations in the Workplace1.536
HI218Electronic Health Records236
HI208Health Records in Other Settings1.530
HI205Medical Legal Aspects236
MD207Medical Insurance Forms360
HI300Advanced Coding130
CP314Advanced Microsoft Access1.530
CD205Job Search Skills124
GE250Oral Business Communications124
 Optional Elective(2)(36)
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS14.5306
 
SIXTH TERM
HI401Health Information Seminar348
HI604Professional Practice Experience 9378
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12426

Careers in Health Information Technology


With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our HIT graduates are prepared for a variety of health care 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 health care 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
  • Cardiology Associates
  • Centre Medical and Surgical Associates
  • Cornerstone Family Eye Care
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates
  • Medical Billing and Management Services
  • Nittany Eye Associates
  • The Meadows
  • 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 DepartmentThe Meadows
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.