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Health Information Technology

Building careers in healthcare!

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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 the 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 taught online with the exception of the last semester Clinical course (Placement at a San Antonio or surrounding area facility during daytime business hours is required.  Save Paid Time Off, Vacation Time, and/or Leave Time starting now.)  Online courses are rigorous and reading intensive, as is the profession.

Students must be aware that a significant number of 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 hours and four (4) lab hours. This is equivalent to a total of six (6) hours anticipated class time per week for only 3 hours of college credit. For every class time hour, students must include an additional 30-60 or more minutes for reading, completing homework, and preparing for class. In the example, add three (3) additional hours to the six (6) hour class time, which equals a total of nine (9) hours per week devoted to this class alone.

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.


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

Program Director

Penny Pfeil, BBA, RHIA

(210) 486-2653
ppfeil1@alamo.edu  

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

 


Program Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). 
Additional information on professional credentialing is available from American Health Information Management Association.  

RHIT Exam Pass Rate:

2013 -2014 80%

 CAHIIM seal 

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 HIT program (requirements) prerequisites:
    • at least 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

  • Application  - A program application (separate from the admission application to the College) must be submitted no later than May 31th for Fall 2016 cohort admission. Cohorts begin in the 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 student. 
    • 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 request the HIT Program application   
     
    •  Program Director and/or faculty will review the academic file and respond to the student with information regarding the curriculum and other processes as well as the application if the above listed requirements are met.
    • Student will submit the completed application form the Allied Health Department Attn:  Penny Pfeil via Certified mail postmarked no later than May 31th for Fall 2016 cohort admission.
    •  Form must contain
      • Banner ID
      • student@alamo.edu email  
      • current mailing address and phone number
      • list of all colleges attended
      • verify all transcripts are on file in Records and Registration
      • detailed resume with emphasis on health information technology related employment  
      • incomplete applications will not reviewed
       
    •   Selection
      • The following criteria for selection will be utilized:
        • Application Form
          • Must be typed or handwritten with no typographical or spelling errors
          • Must include Banner ID
          • Must include @student.alamo.edu email address
          • Maximum application 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).
          • Maximum score is 5 points
           
        • Selection of the 26 highest ranked applications will occur prior to the start of the fall semester.
         
       
    • Acceptance requirements
      • Students must provide proof of all required immunizations upon completion of the program summer semester.
      • Students must provide proof of health insurance by the semester prior to enrolling in the clinical course.
      • Students must complete a drug screen upon completion of the program summer semester.
      • Students must complete a criminal background upon completion of the program summer semester.
      • Students not meeting the above 4  timelines will not be able to move forward in the program.
      • 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 or misdemeanor arrests or convictions must notify the Program Director prior to submitting an application for options to be discussed.
      • Complete the TEAS V standardized exam and provide the score to the Program Director with the Application. 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.

           Curriculum and Course Listing

      •  Successful program applicants for Fall 2016 will follow a 60 hour degree.
      •  Effective Fall 2014, the HIT Program stopped offering any certificate of completion options.  The AAS in HIT is the only option available due to the trend in health information careers requiring registry or certifying examinations offered by the American Health Information Management Association.