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.

"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

Health Information Technology Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours   
First TermMD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
HI111Introduction to Computer Systems in Health Information Technology2.536
GE183Business English I4.060
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals4.060
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
PD110Professional Development2.024
First Term Totals:21.5286
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II4.060
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field4.060
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Second Term Totals:21.5286
Third TermIT223Advanced Microsoft Excel2.030
GE210Business English III3.560
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
HI234Principles of Supervision3.036
Third Term Totals:23306
Fourth TermHI225CPT-44.048
HI232Quality Improvement and Data Analytics4.560
HI238Health Care Statistics2.024
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
Fourth Term Totals:22.5288
Fifth TermHI235Advanced Coding3.048
HI230Electronic Health Records2.536
HI233Health Records in Other Settings2.530
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
HI229Medical Legal Aspects3.036
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
Fifth Term Totals:22294
Sixth TermHI239Health Information Seminar2.024
CD215Career Preparation for HIT2.024
HI237Professional Practice Experience11.0330
Sixth Term Totals:15.0378

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

State College Main Campus

Pam's Biography

Brenda Ream Stover, RHIT CCS CPC

State College Main Campus

Brenda's Biography

Jamie Ellison, RHIA

Program Coordinator / Instructor
Altoona Campus

Jamie's Biography

Mary Prorok

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
Brady Stout, ACMPEPractice Management CounsultantPhysician Revenue Management Services
Arlene Tressler, RHITHIM Service LeaderJ.C. Blair Memorial Hospital

CAHIIM Annual Survey & Disclosures

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.

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.