LSC-North Harris Health Information Technology Department
The Health Information Technology (HITT) Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry level employment as Health Information Technicians. These positions may include billing and coding specialists, transcriptionists, medical secretaries, medical records administrators, admission/reception specialists, and medical office managers. Settings may include hospitals, physician offices, laboratories, outpatient treatment and surgical units, public health administration agencies, insurance companies, and a host of medical and pharmaceutical supply companies.
Lone Star College-North Harris is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Program accreditation allows graduates to apply for certification examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).
The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact our program director, Viseeta Brown, PhD, RHIA, for more specific information about course transferability. The HITT program is approved for online learning. Although online coursework is offered, students that live outside the Houston area often have a challenging time completing the clinical, practicum, and cooperative education courses. While courses are offered online, exams must be proctored. Students may complete their exams at any of the testing centers within the LSC system. For any questions please contact our academic advisor, Madeleine Denison.
If you are interested in the coding certificate programs or the Health Information Techology Associate's degree program, there are additional requirements for these programs. The application period for entry into the Health Information Technology Associate's degree program is May 1st to July 30th and for the coding certificate program is from March 1st to May 1st. Please check back here during those time periods to apply.
About Tech Prep Programs
Tech Prep provides an alternative to traditional college prep programs and the nonproductive "general studies" option. In Tech Prep, high school graduates receive relevant, useful knowledge in high-tech fields. They are employable as effective members of high-tech business and industrial operations.
At the same time, the secondary education they receive prepares them for post-secondary education leading to an associate degree. Tech Prep education is a careful balance between modern technology, occupational subjects and traditional academic subjects, the latter taught in a relevant, contextual manner.
Tech Prep allows transitions between school and work according to the needs of the student.
Program Goal: Assure that the educational needs of students are met and that graduates demonstrate at least entry level curriculum competencies.
Target Outcome: 80% of graduates will pass the RHIT exam with overall mean score equal to or above the national mean.
Lone Star College --North Harris HITT Program Pass Rate
Academic Year Program Pass Rate AHIMA National Average Pass
2012-2013 100% 76%
2011-2012 100% 75%
2010-2011 75% 75%
2009-2008 83% 79%
2008-2009 75% 86%
2007-2008 80% 78%
Prior to registering for health care courses, students who have been conditionally accepted must complete a criminal background check. Students are responsible for completing the background application process, paying all fees and ensuring that a copy is submitted to the appropriate program director.
Clinical facilities determine what constitutes an unacceptable background check. The student is responsible for working with the background check company to clear up any reporting discrepancies. If there is a criminal history that cannot be cleared up prior to the start of the clinical, the student needs to apply to his/her respective professional board for licensure clearance. Students cannot begin or continue their studies until the background check process is satisfactorily completed.
Interested in one of these programs and want more information. Please attend one of the following information sessions. There is no need to RSVP.
The following information sessions are the LSC-North Harris Health Professions Building. It is located at 17200 Red Oak Drive Houston TX 77090 (Corner of Red Oak Drive and Peakwood Drive, behind Houston Northwest Medical Center).
Tuesday September 23rd HPB 103 3:00PM Tuesday October 21th HPB 103 3:00PM Tuesday November 18th HPB 103 3:00PM Tuesday December 9th HPB 103 3:00PM
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Viseeta Brown, RHIA
Dr. Debora Butts, RHIA
Part-time Staff Assistant
WNSP 174G and HPB 200C