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Health Information Systems

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Allied Health

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Allied Health

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Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Allied Health

Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Allied Health

Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Allied Health

Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

In accordance with the mission of St. Philip's College, the mission of Health Information Technology (HIT) is to provide an environment fostering excellence in technical achievement while remaining responsive to the needs of the community. The mission is fulfilled by providing education and training that assures demonstration of health information entry level competencies by the graduates of Health Information Technology program.    
 
 What is Health Information Technology? This link from the American Health Information Management Association will provide you with a wealth of information. You will find Career Maps which depict the variety of career options that you can focus on. 

All program curricula have been developed in cooperation with an Advisory Committee comprised of health Information professionals from the local and surrounding community and in compliance with appropriate accrediting agency requirements.  

 

Entire curricula is offered online with the exception of Clinical courses (Placement at a facility during daytime business hours is required)

Proposed Fall 2015 Curriculum to be approved by Alamo Colleges and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

 

Students must be aware that program courses include both a lecture component and a lab component which generally means more anticipated class time than the credit hour of the course. Example: HITT 1341 has two (2) lecture hour components and four (4) lab hour components which equal to a total of six (6) hours anticipated class time per week. For every class time hour, students must include an additional 30-60 minutes for reading, completing homework, and preparing for class. In the example above, add three (3) additional hours to the six (6) hour class time, which equals a total of nine (9) hours per week devoted to the class.


Failure to successfully complete (grade C or better) any two (2) courses in the curricula, will result in the student being dropped from the program with no option to reapply.

Students must communicate with their assigned faculty advisor on a semester to semester basis prior to enrollment for subsequent semesters. Faculty advisors are assigned at the time of acceptance to the program.

Request for graduation must be submitted to the College no later than the semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.


Program Topics

Professional Organizations; Sites of Interest

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program maintains close ties with professional organizations representing healthcare documentation career fields.

Additional career and related information for Health Information Technology and Coding career fields may be obtained at the following sites.

Related state and local associations may be obtained at the following sites.

Faculty and Staff

Penny Pfeil, RHIA
(210) 486-2653
ppfeil1@alamo.edu  

Heather McLachlan, MHA, RHIA
(210) 486-22183
hcampbell1@alamo.edu


Program Accreditation

 

Admission & Prerequisite Requirements 

  • Students electing to major in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program must meet all admission requirements  for acceptance to St. Philip's College: to include completion of AlamoEnroll if new to the college and/or ApplyTexas; receipt of Banner ID.
  • All students must also meet and/or complete the following prerequisites:
    • 12th grade reading, writing, and math
    • HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I (with grade of C or higher)
    • BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology (with grade of C or higher) (or BIOL 2401 and 2402)
    •    Overall GPA 2.5

     

     

Application & Selection Process

  • Application
    • Students electing to major in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program must first meet previously noted St. Philip's College admission requirements.
     
    • Students must also meet the program admission requirements and complete the application process, 
      • All students must submit an official email request to the program director requesting program information and application information.
        • If a current student of any Alamo College, the student Banner ID must be included in the email request. 
        • If not a current student of any Alamo College, the student must complete AlamoEnroll to receive a Banner ID and must complete ApplyTexas prior to application being processed.
          
       
    • A separate application from the admission application to the College must be submitted no later than June 30th for Fall 2015 cohort admission.  Cohorts begin in a fall semester .  To request an application, students must:
      • submit an email to the Program Director upon completion of prerequisites or the semester of prerequisite completion.  Email must include student Banner ID which is obtained through completion of AlamoEnroll or being currently active as an Alamo Colleges student.
       
    • Program Director or faculty will review academic file and respond to the interested student with information regarding the curriculum and an application process.
    • Student will electronically submit completed application form
    •  form must contain
      • Banner ID
      • student@alamo.edu email  
      • current mailing address and phone
      • list of all colleges attended
      • detailed resume with emphasis on health information  technology related employment  
      • official sealed transcripts from all colleges or transcripts on file in Records office
      • incomplete applications will not reviewed
       
  •   Selection
    • The following criteria for selection will be utilized:
      • Application Form
        • Must be typed with no typographical errors
        • Must include Banner ID
        • Must include student's alamo.edu email address
        • Maximum score is 10 points
         
      • Prerequisite courses:
        • Completed courses will be scored based upon the letter grade for each course.  Each letter grade will be converted to a numeric equivalent:
          • "A" equals 4 points
          • "B" equals 3 points
          • "C" equals 2 points
          • "D and F" will not be considered.
          • Students completing both BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 will have their scores averaged
          • A maximum score is 8 points
           
         
      • Official transcripts (from ALL Colleges attended, including any Alamo College).
        • If hand-carried must be in a sealed envelope addressed to student
        • Maximum score is 5 points
         
      • Selection of the 26 highest ranked applications will occur prior to the start of any semester.
       
     
  • Acceptance requirements
    • Students must provide proof of all required immunizations by completion of the second semester enrolled in the program.
    • Students must provide proof of health insurance by the semester prior to enrolling in the clinical course.
    • Students must complete a drug screen the summer prior to enrolling in any clinical course.
    • Students must complete a criminal background check the summer prior to enrolling in the clinical course.
    • Information regarding immunizations, drug screen and background check will be provided to the student upon acceptance to the program via the Program Director or Student Handbook.
    • Student with felony convictions must notify the Program Director prior to submitting an application and options will be discussed.
    • Complete the TEAS V standardized exam. The TEAS V is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the allied health field. This test measures the three most basic, but important, education skill sets needed for an allied health occupation. The TEAS V exam is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS V exam are those which allied health educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of allied health students. The HIT program requires a minimum of 65 for the adjusted individual total score.

     

       Curriculum and Course Listing

    •  Successful program applicants for Fall 2015 will follow the new 60 hour degree.
    •  Effective Fall 2014, the HIT Program will not offer any certificate of completion options.  The AAS in HIT will be the only option available, due to the trend in the career moving towards the need to complete an AAS in HIT in order to be eligible to write any of the registry or certifying examinations offered by the American Health Information Management Association.