How We Continually Evaluate and Improve Our Program...

The main objective of the Panola College Health Information Technology (HIT) Program (AAS in HIT and Coding Certificate) is meeting the needs of the area workforce in Health Information professions. Panola College strives to meet this goal by providing quality graduates and continual and ongoing improvement.

To accomplish this the HIT program:

  • Offers flexible scheduling of classes by offering the majority of classes in an online format, allowing students to work and/or tend to their family commitments.
  • Maintains an Advisory Board composed of local HIT professionals. These professionals meet with administration and faculty at least yearly to discuss current trends and needs of the professional both nationally and locally. Additionally, the board gives advice to the college on program curriculum, goals, and ideas for improvement.
  • Monitors the program according to the standards set by the AAS in HIT program accrediting body- the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Additionally, the Panola College Institutional Effectiveness for the HIT program is based on CAHIIM standards.
  • Sets Institutional Effectiveness goals that are measureable by data collected from faculty, students, curriculum, clinical sites, employers, and external exam scores (RHIT, CCA, etc.).

The HIT program is well established at Panola College and has continuing CAHIIM accreditation. The goals of the program pertain to increasing enrollment and success of HIT Students (completion). In addition to completion, graduate scores of the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam and are monitored for success and used to determine areas which need improvement. While completion and graduation of quality HIT professionals is the ultimate goal, it is recognized that this goal is not obtainable without enrollment and retention, therefore these goals are also included for the program.

Panola College HIT program always strives to provide quality education by staying on the cusp of technology and advances in Health Information.