Health Information Technology Degree at South Hills School

Health Information Technology

CAHIIM Accredited* Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available at the Altoona Campus
Note: The Health Information Technology program in State College is currently in-active.

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.

Note: The Health Information Technology program in State College is currently in-active.

Complete Course List

Health Information Technology Course List

Health Information Technology Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermMD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE183Business English I460
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field460
MD108Medical Terminology I336
GE117Applied Algebra460
PD110Professional Development224
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II460
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
MD109Medical Terminology II336
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Third TermIT234Advanced Microsoft Excel2.536
GE210Business English III3.560
HI104Computer Systems in HIT460
GE260Statistical Applications336
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
Fourth TermHI225CPT-4448
HI238Health Care Statistics224
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
IT235Microsoft Access3.548
HI234Principles of Supervision336
HI241Quality Improvement and Data Analytics460
Fifth TermHI235Advanced Coding348
HI233Health Records in Other Settings2.530
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills224
HI229Medical Legal Aspects336
GE213Oral Business Communications224
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
Sixth TermCD215Career Preparation for HIT224
HI239Health Information Seminar224
HI237Professional Practice Experience11330
126.5 Credits1,856 Clock Hours
Health Information Technology

Bright Outlook Occupation

Medical Records & Health Information Technicians

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians are an integral part of the healthcare system and compile, process, and maintain patient records in hospitals, private healthcare facilities, government agencies, etc.

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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:

HIT Program, Student, & Alumni News

South Hills Healthcare Students Participate in UPMC Altoona Trauma Drill

Administrative Medical Assistant, Medical Assistant, and Health Information Technology students from the Altoona Campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology recently participated in a trauma drill at UPMC Altoona. Afterwards, they were given a tour of some of the hospital facilities, including the the STAT MedEvac 11 helicopter and its landing area.
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South Hills School Of Business & Technology Holds Spring Commencement Ceremony

South Hills School of Business & Technology held its 49th annual commencement ceremony for the graduating class of June 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
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South Hills Students Donate To The Jared Box Project

The Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology collected donations to buy supplies to assemble Jared Boxes for a Central Pennsylvania based organization whose mission is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital.
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South Hills Students Collect Donations For The Jared Box Project

The Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology has been collecting donations for the Jared Box Project, a local nonprofit organization that donates "Jared Boxes" filled with small toys, games, and activities to young patients who are in the hospital.
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South Hills Students Give Back To Local Community

The Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown Campus recently donated money to different causes as part of its ongoing campaign to give back to the community.
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South Hills Health Information Technology Students Tour Geisinger Gray’s Woods

South Hills School of Business & Technology's Health Information Technology students recently took an academic field trip to the Geisinger Gray’s Woods facility where they received a guided tour from Geisinger Health Systems Business Supervisor and South Hills alumna, Lori Eckley. The students got a first-hand look at tasks they can expect to perform once they graduate.
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South Hills Utilizes Local Experts to Prepare Students for the Workplace

To keep the curriculums for its 11 specialized associate degree programs current and relevant to the community's workforce needs, South Hills School of Business & Technology relies on input from Program Advisory Committees that are comprised of local employers, internship site supervisors, and South Hills alumni.
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Health Careers Club Raises Funds for Local Animal Rescue Organization

The Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology recently organized a fundraiser to help support One Dog at a Time, a humane animal rescue group based in Lewistown that has a special program for SCI Rockview inmates that allows them to help train rescued dogs for war veterans with PTSD.
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Altoona Health Careers Club Gives to Local “Toys for Tots” Campaign

The Health Careers Club at the South Hills Altoona campus recently made a substantial donation to the Ebensburg Toys for Tots campaign.
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Health Careers Club Helps Women’s Resource Center

The Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology collected gifts to help a client of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center celebrate the Christmas season.
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Meet the Faculty

Kay Strigle, RHIA

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus

Kay's Biography

Pam Meister, RN

State College Main Campus

Pam's Biography

Brenda Ream Stover,
RHIT, CCS, CPC, CPB, CPC-I, Approved Instructor

State College Main Campus

Brenda's Biography

Jamie Ellison, RHIA

Program Coordinator / Instructor
Altoona Campus

Jamie's Biography

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
Lisa Young, RHIT, CRC, CDEO, CPC Quality Coding Documentation Educator II Geisinger Health Plan/Gray’s Woods
Betsy Susko, RHIT Informatics James E. VanZandt Medical Center
Sherri Stayer Practice Manager Lung Disease Center of Central PA
Mary Walker, RHIT Informatics James E. VanZandt Medical Center
Arlene Tressler, RHIT HIM Service Leader JC Blair Memorial Hospital
Jennifer McClaren, RHIA Director of Quality Assurance Adelphoi Village
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
Michele Gonsman, RN, BSN, ALNC, CPSS Owner/Nurse Consultant Gonsman Group Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC
Walter C. Wright, Jr., RHIA Director Health Information Services & Revenue Integrity
Ashley Waybright ER Health Unit Coordinator UPMC Bedford
Leah Moist Patient Service Representative Women’s Health and Laser Care

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