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TSTC Advantage

Are you interested in a career in the rapidly growing health care field? Do you prefer to work in an office or even at home rather than directly with patients? Graduates of the Health Information program at TSTC have exactly those opportunities.

The TSTC Health Information program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association's Council on Accreditation. That means that when you graduate with an Associate's degree, you can take the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. And, passing that exam improves your career possibilities and increases your salary potential.

Students of this program learn how to transcribe, code, analyze and protect medical information. We all know that doctors and other health care professionals need accurate records to treat their patients so you can see how truly vital this field is to good medical care.

The Health Information program offers careers for the twenty-first century – careers that combine health care and information technology, computer skills and knowledge of anatomy, physiology and even law. These careers exist in a variety of work settings including hospitals, doctor's offices, insurance providers, nursing homes, consulting and law firms, pharmaceutical companies, and even your own home.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop skills to collect, assemble, organize and maintain health information for completeness and accuracy

  • Use computer programs to chart and analyze health information data for improvement of patient care

  • Budget planning

  • Documentation for use in legal actions and/or for use in research studies

  • Demonstrate proficiency of these skills during practicum experience

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • Six semesters of intensive training in lab settings utilizing the software and equipment used by industry professionals, along with the academics and support courses you need to succeed 

  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach

  • Opportunities to gain real, hands-on experience in the classroom, as well as through an internship or co-ops

  • Experienced staff with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts

  • The Health Information program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education in cooperation with the Council on Education of AHIMA.

  • An interview with the Department Chair is required, as well as completion of the Health Information program orientation prior to registration of classes.

Faculty

TSTC’s faculty bring to the college years of professional experience in their respective occupations.

Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what employers are seeking and how to equip you with the skills needed to have what it takes.

Job Credibility

According to the US Department of Labor, the demand for well-trained health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations due to the rapid increase in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts and consumers.

Health information technicians will also be needed for data entry of patient information into computer databases to comply with federal legislation mandating the use of the electronic health record.

Upon graduation of the six-semester program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates may take the National Certification Examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  

Small Class Size

At TSTC, our classes average 20 students to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with them individually.

Hands-on Learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing the actual work they will do upon graduation. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the depth of instruction you need to succeed in your Health Information career.

Health Information students learn skills in both classroom and laboratory settings, practicing their skills in health care facilities during two directed practice courses. There they train as generalists with entry level skills and opportunities for specialization as coders, utilization management technicians, medical statistic specialists, release of information technicians, health record analysts, quality assurance abstractors and health record consultants.

Advisory Committee

Only a combined effort by educators and industrial representatives on a continuing basis can ensure that training needs are properly identified, and training is updated in conjunction with changing developments and requirements. 

To assure that these needs are correctly identified, it is imperative that representatives of the industries who employ trained personnel assist in their identification. In order to accomplish this goal, technology Advisory Committees are formed to determine these needs. Committee members serve for two-year terms and meet at least once a year.

TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain positions when the time comes to move out into the workforce.

Education by employer design! 

As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.

There are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates:

  • More than 60 percent of your class time is spent on actual, hands-on work in lab settings.

  • Your internship opportunities in actual working environments provide on-the-job experience that is valued by industry employers.

The main function of the Health Information Advisory Committee is to identify the knowledge and skills required for entry-level health information technicians. The input of the Advisory Committee, which is mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, enables the department to identify training requirements.