Health Information Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Health Information Technology Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching and learning and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion. 

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.

NOTICE TO CURRENT HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Health Information Technology program is an online program and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  We are following the recommendations by CAHIIM to help students complete their clinical hours virtually in Spring 2020.

Students that have not completed the 40 hours of on-site clinicals have been assigned a presentation.  Students are working with instructors to complete the presentation and will present the information to a clinical site supervisor before the end of the Spring Semester.

2) How will I do my skills check off this semester?

On-site students receive a clinical student evaluation from the clinical site supervisor evaluation, which serves as the skills check-off.  Students that haven’t finished their 40 hours will have an additional assignment that will be evaluated by their instructor and a clinical site supervisor.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete at the semester?

The good news for HIT students is that they will be able to finish their clinical site requirements virtually in Spring 2020 and don’t have to worry about additional on-site hour requirements.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

Yes, if you receive a passing grade from a class and you are not satisfied with the grade, you will be able to petition for credit/non-credit. However, if you intend to graduate from the program, you will need to retake the non-credit class. Program courses are sequential and classes are offered only once a year. You will also need to petition for readmission to the program and fulfill readmission requirements which consist of passing the written and scanning exams. Readmission is based on availability.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

The Health Information Technology program is an online program. The HITT summer course is an online course.

All HITT courses are online with the exception of the HITT 2361 - Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician, which requires students to complete clinical hours at a clinical site.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Health Information Technology program director.

NOTICE TO INTERESTED HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

1) Are applications still being accepted?

Yes, application for the Health Information Technology currently being accepted.  The HIT applications are due by August 1, 2020.  Please see the Application and Selection process on the webpage www.alamo.edu/spc/hit webpage. Please click on the + to open up the section and click on the Apply Now button for the application.

2) What do I do if I don’t have my TEAS score yet?

Students will be accepted if they haven’t taken the exam.  When TEAS testing is available, students can take the exam and submit it to the program director.   The TEAS requirement is waived for students that have prior associates or bachelors degree.

3) What do I do if I can’t complete my physical exam and immunizations before I submit my application?

There is time after acceptance to the program to obtain all clinical requirements.  These are outlined in the student handbook and reviewed with students at the program orientation. 

The program orientations are the first Wednesday of the Fall and Spring Semester from 9:30-11:30 am at St. Philip’s main campus in the CHP building room 135.

Immunizations and clinical requirements are due in the 2nd Fall semester on the first Friday of December.  Students attend clinicals in the following Spring.

4) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

The Health Information Technology program will follow the Alamo Colleges' academic calendar posted at https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/academic-calendar/.  At this time, the Fall semester is scheduled to start on Monday, August 24, 2020.  The college will post any changes to the academic calendar as an announcement on the college webpage www.alamo.edu/spc.  The Health Information Technology Program Director will follow up with an email to your college email address.

5) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

The Health Information Technology Program Director will send out a formal acceptance letter to your Alamo student email address.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Health Information Technology Program Director.

What is the Health Information Technology program?

The Health Information Technology program trains students to work as a Health Information Technician.  As a Health Information Technician, you will work in a healthcare facility or a healthcare-related business reviewing health records for completeness, abstracting pertinent data, entering pertinent data, locating and/or releasing health information, reviewing health records for medical necessity documentation, coding and classifying diagnoses and procedures, and being a team leader or front-line supervisor.

Mission Statement:  

The mission of the Health Information Technology (HIT) program 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 will I learn?

The Health Information Technician (HIT) program prepares graduates to accomplish technical job functions in the health information management department at a number of healthcare facilities and services.  With a degree in health information technology, graduates are able to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, health insurance companies, state, and local government healthcare agencies and other companies that provide patient care services.

Health information professionals are a vital resource in reviewing and reporting data collected during a patient encounter.  Patient data must be complete, accurate, timely, and secure for patient care, healthcare reporting, and reimbursement. 

The Health Information Technology program at St. Philip’s College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. 

What can I do with this course of study?

  • Health Information Technician/ Specialist
  • Entry-level Coding Specialist
  • Document Imaging Specialist
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Centralized Billing Office (Reimbursement Specialist)

For more about Health Information careers see the career map at http://www.ahima.org/careers.

What's special about the program?

The entire curricula are 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). Online courses are rigorous and reading-intensive, as is the profession. The degree is 72 weeks. Approximately 2 of those weeks are not completed online. 

Program Statistics

Program Accreditation, Registry and Information

The 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.

THECB Statutory Requirement

Program Highlights

Graduates who earn the Associate Degree will be able to take the national accreditation examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org).  Upon successfully completion of this exam, you will be a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Program statistics (students that began the program in 2016 and graduated in 2018)

  • Graduation rate 55%
  • Employment rate 50%

Program RHIT pass rate for Academic Year 2016-2017:

  • 66%

Student Satisfaction (based on graduate surveys)

Students generally agreed that the Health Information Technology curriculum:

  1. prepared them to function in their job.
  2. to think critically to solve problems.
  3. Communicate effectively in the work place.
Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

HIT is a fall program cohort start.  Students wishing to enroll in the Health Information Technology Program must meet all prerequisite and application requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department.  In addition, the student must apply to the program as outlined below in the "Application and Selection Process" section.  Students requiring developmental courses must have completed all of these courses in order to be eligible for application to the program. 

Students electing specialization 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:

  • 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 and Selection Process

Application Process:

A program application (separate from the admission application to the College) must be submitted by certified mail no later than August 1st for Fall cohort admission. Cohorts begin in the fall semester.

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Selection Process:

The following criteria for selection will be utilized:

  • Student must be an Alamo Colleges student 
  • Application Form
    • Must be typed or handwritten with no typographical or spelling errors
    • Must include Banner ID
    • Must include the @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
  • Successful completion of the OLRN (Orientation to Online Learning) must be noted on the student Alamo GPS transcript.
  • All transcripts from other colleges must be submitted to St. Philip's College Transcript office .
  • Submission of TEAS (Allied Health version) test score (https://www.atitesting.com/teas/teas-exam).  If the student has a previous associate, bachelor's or master's degree, this requirement is waived.  The degree must be noted on the student’s Alamo GPS transcript.
  • Acknowledge Texas Success Initiative (TSI) compliance

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Heather McLachlan MHA, RHIA
hcampbell1@alamo.edu
210-486-2183
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 130F