San Antonio Health Technology College
Health technology is a broad category that can entail health information technology, medical lab technology, respiratory care or radiology technology. Located about six miles southeast of downtown San Antonio is St. Philip's College, which has certificate and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs in the health technology field. This article looks at the school and its health technology offerings. There is also a table of information about this college, presenting important facts such as enrollment and tuition.
This table allows prospective students to learn about the school and use that information to arrive at an informed decision regarding their training.
|St. Philip's College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||12,050*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $2,760 in-district,
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||78%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admission policy|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)|| 63% for full-time students,
41% for part-time students*
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014)||23% (16% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
St. Philip's College
St. Philip's College (SPC) offers certificate and A.A.S. degree programs in the health technology field. Students can also participate in clinical experience under the supervision of a clinical professional.
Histologic Technician Level 2 Certificate
This program requires the completion of 45 credits. Students will study topics like medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, histotechnology and functional histology. Clinical coursework will also be required in the fourth semester.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
This A.A.S. degree program in health information technology (HIT) helps qualify students to work in quality control, manage hospital statistics and maintain health information data. The 60-credit program includes some studies in medical and ambulatory coding, pharmacology, pathophysiology and healthcare delivery systems. Students also complete two rotations of clinical training during the program. Graduates are eligible to take the national exam to earn the Registered Health Information Technician credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association.
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician
This A.A.S. degree program at SPC is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science and trains students to become medical lab technicians. Medical lab technicians are skilled at culturing body fluids and blood for the diagnosis of illness and disease. Some of the required coursework during this 60-credit program includes urinalysis, hematology, phlebotomy, parasitology and immunology. Students spend four clinical rotations in a medical lab, as well as a clinical rotation drawing blood as a phlebotomist.
Other School Option
Students interested in health technology may also find programs at nearby San Antonio College.