Health Information Technology Degree Program

CAHIIM Accredited* Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available at the Altoona Campus

The Health Information Technology accreditor of South Hills School of Business and Technology is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

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

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.

See the Bright Outlook for this Occupation

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:

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

CAHIIM Student Outcomes

Health Information Technology Program Outcome Statistics

 State CollegeCohortAltoonaCohort
Graduation Rate*InactiveN/A50%8
Employment Rate*InactiveN/A75%4
Graduate Satisfaction**InactiveN/A86%7

*As reported to ACCSC (American Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges)

**As reported on CAHIIM 2020 APAR (Annual Program Assessment Report)

Program Advisory Committees

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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