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.
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.
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)
- Overall GPA 2.5
Application & Selection Process
- 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
- firstname.lastname@example.org 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