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 hospital or physician based 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 Hospital based coding certificate or the physician coding based 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.


Background Checks

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 June 17th  HPB 103  3:00PM
 Thursday  July 22nd    HPB 103  3:00PM
 Tuesday August 12th    HPB 103  3:00PM

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Viseeta Brown, RHIA
Program Director
viseeta.k.brown@lonestar.edu
281.943.6860
HPB 200A

Dr. Debora Butts, RHIA
Associate Professor
debora.j.butts@lonestar.edu
281.943.6871
HPB 200B

Sylvia Szabo
Part-time Staff Assistant
sylvia.o.szabo@lonestar.edu
281.618.6814
HPB 200

Madeleine Denison
Academic Advisor
madeleine.denison@lonestar.edu
281.765.7957
WNSP 174G and HPB 200C

 

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