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 Board 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 the Clinical courses (Placement at a San Antonio or surrounding area facility during daytime business hours is required. Save PTO starting now.)
Online courses are rigorous and reading intensive as is the profession
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 the Program Director each semester prior to enrollment for next semester.
Request for graduation must be submitted to the College no later than the semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.
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
Heather McLachlan, MHA, RHIA
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)
- ITSC 1309 Integrated Software Applications (with a grade of C or higher)
- Overall GPA 2.5
Application & Selection Process
A program application (separate 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:
- ensure ALL college transcripts be on file in Records and Registration
- 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
- 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 HIT Program admission requirements and complete the HIT Program application process
- 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 submit completed application form the Allied Health Department Attn: Penny Pfeil via Certified mail no later than June 30th for Fall 2015 cohort admission.
- form must contain
- Banner ID
- firstname.lastname@example.org email
- current mailing address and phone
- list of all colleges attended
- all transcripts must be on file in Records and Registration
- detailed resume with emphasis on health information technology related employment
- incomplete applications will not reviewed