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.
“The Health Information Technology program (HIT) prepares graduates for a career in many different settings in the healthcare field. They are exposed to current applications and processes being used in the profession. Graduates receive extensive hands-on training in pertinent areas such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, CPT-4, electronic health records, encoders, etc. The small class size along with faculty who remain current in their field of expertise allow us to provide the latest information in the class setting. The students are eligible to sit for the national RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) certification exam as well as several coding certification exams.”
HIT Program Coordinator / Instructor at the State College Main Campus
HIT Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!
South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Health Information Technology are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Healthcare Management or Health Studies through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.
Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management or Health Studies in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our HIT program will automatically transfer into the program. Students and alumni may transfer in additional credits through military or other colleges as applicable, accepting up to 98 credits. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online. Both programs are also fully online.
For more information about Bachelor’s degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012 .
With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our HIT graduates are prepared for a variety of healthcare career options, including:
- Coding Manager
- Health Data Analyst
- Inpatient and/or Outpatient Coder
- Medical Records Manager
- Medical Records Specialist
- Health Information Management (HIM) Manager
- Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisor
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:
- Central PA Podiatry Associates
- Centre Crest
- Drayer Physical Therapy
- HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
- Geisinger- Lewistown
- Homewood at Martinsburg
- James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
- Jersey Shore Hospital
- Mount Nittany Medical Center
- Mount Nittany Physician’s Group
- State Correctional Institute at Rockview
- Susquehanna Health Systems
- Tyrone Hospital
- University Orthopedics
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:
- Blair Medical Associates
- Brookline Retirement Village
- Cardiology Associates
- Centre Medical and Surgical Associates
- Cornerstone Family Eye Care
- Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates
- Medical Billing and Management Services
- Nittany Eye Associates
- Meadows Psychiatric Center
- Penn State Family Medicine
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center
- Pyramid Health Care
- State College Orthodontics
- Valley View Nursing Home