Health Information Technology at South Hills School of Business & Technology

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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* 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.


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
Totals:19.0250
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
Totals:24322
Third TermIT234Advanced Microsoft Excel2.536
GE210Business English III3.560
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
HI102Pathophysiology5.560
HI234Principles of Supervision3.036
Totals:23.5312
Fourth TermHI225CPT-44.048
HI238Health Care Statistics2.024
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
IT235Microsoft Access3.548
MD242Pharmacology3.036
HI232Quality Improvement and Data Analytics4.560
Totals:21.5276
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
Totals:22294
Sixth TermCD215Career Preparation for HIT2.024
HI239Health Information Seminar2.024
HI237Professional Practice Experience11.0330
Totals:15.0378
HIT PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSHIT PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
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:

  • 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
  • Geisinger Medical Group
  • Homewood at Martinsburg
  • James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore Hospital
  • The Meadows
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Mount Nittany Physician’s Group
  • Penn-Highlands Clearfield
  • 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
  • Cornerstone Family Eye Care
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates
  • Geisinger Medical Group
  • The Meadows
  • Medical Billing and Management Services
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group
  • Nittany Eye Associates
  • Penn-Highlands Clearfield
  • Penn State Family Medicine
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Pyramid Health Care
  • State College Orthodontics
  • Valley View Nursing Home

Meet the Faculty

Kay Strigle, RHIA

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus


Kay's Biography

Pam Meister

Instructor
State College Main Campus


Pam's Biography

Brenda Ream Stover, RHIT CCS CPC

Instructor
State College Main Campus


Brenda's Biography

Jamie Ellison, RHIA

Program Coordinator / Instructor
Altoona Campus


Jamie's Biography

Mary Prorok

Instructor
Altoona Campus


Mary's Biography

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Lynn Hall, RHIAManager, Health Information DepartmentGeisinger Lewistown Hospital
Dana PriceDirector, Health Information Management DepartmentThe Meadows Psychiatric Center
Lisa WittHealth Information ManagerPenn State University Health Services
Kristen AlexanderMOAIIPenn State Hershey Medical Group
Betsy ForsytheCoordinator of Software Systems and Technology SupportUniversity Orthopedic Center
Diana SimpsonMedical Records SupervisorSCI Rockview
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Jennifer McClaren, RHIADirector of Quality AssuranceAdelphoi Village
Kelly Ferguson, CCSSupervisory MRT (Coder)James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
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
Brian Hyde, RN, CHCAHealth Care AdministratorSCI Somerset
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

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.

CAHIIM Annual Survey

Health Information Technology Program Outcome Statistics – Graduates of 2017

 State CollegeCohortAltoonaCohort
Job Placement100%378%9
Retention100%479%19
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.

Disclosures

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. Visit the US Department of Education's College Scorecard for more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other post-secondary institutions.