2020-2021 College Catalog

Health Information Coding Diploma

Health Information Coding Diploma (Major Code: HI12)

Program Description

The Health Information Management Coding Diploma program prepares students to be medical coders to classify medical records according to accepted standards. The classification of diagnoses and treatments is required for Medicare and insurance reimbursement in hospitals, outpatient clinics and medical offices. The program offers training in diagnoses/procedural coding with courses in anatomy and physiology and medical terminology.


The Health Information Management Technology program accreditor of Atlanta Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management Technology has been reaffirmed through 2022. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed to:

200 East Randolph Street
Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601
(312) 235-3255

Program Outcomes

For HIMT Academic Year 2020, program outcomes are as follows:
- The program’s graduation rate is 90%
- The program’s retention rate is 85%
- The program’s job placement rate is 90% of HIMT graduates that take the RHIT national exam obtain gainful employment in the HIM field within one year of graduation

Career Information


Health Information Technologists, Medical Billing and Coding

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 19.1% nationally and 24.1% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $40,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.


To learn more about HIM careers visit: https://careerassist.ahima.org/

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

HIMT Admissions Requirements

- Must be 18 years of age

- Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the Office of Enrollment Services and HIMT Program Director.
- Must ensure that transfer courses from other approved institutions of higher education are no more than five (5) years old; these include MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114,        BIOL 2114 Lab, ALHS 1090, and (CAHIIM) HIMT occupational courses.
- Maximum transfer credits to accept from other approved institutions of higher education is 25%.
- Entrance to the Health Information Management Technology Degree program requires student to have a CGPA 2.5 minimum.
- A signed document acknowledging that the commission of a felony before or during their enrollment in this program may prevent or impede graduates from obtaining certification as a Health Information Technician and that they may be required to complete drug testing and/or background checks at their own expense prior to participating in practicums or clinical activities.

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens

Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.

These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

Program Contact Information

Aletta Spence, MHA, RHIA, CCS
Health Information Management Technology
Program Director

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 4 terms
Program Credit Hours: 52
Estimated Program Cost: $8,643

Course Outline


General Education Courses (9 Credits)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


Select One of the Following- 3 hours

MATH 1013Algebraic Concepts



MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


Select One of the Following- 2 or 3 hours

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology



EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relat & Prof Dev


Non General Education Degree Courses- 10 Credits

FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar


ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology


ALHS 1090MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences


Occupational Courses (33 Credits)

HIMT 1100Intro. to Health Info. Tech.


HIMT 1150Computer Appls in Healthcare


HIMT 1200Legal Aspects of Healthcare


HIMT 1250Health Record Cont &Structure


HIMT 1350Introduction to Pharmacotherapy


HIMT 1400Coding and Classification: ICD Basic


HIMT 1410Coding and Classification: ICD Advanced


HIMT 2400Coding and Classification: CPT/HCPCS


HIMT 2410Revenue Cycle Management


HIMT 2500Certification Seminar


MAST 1120Human Path Cond in Med Office


Total Credit Hours: 52


Program Outcomes

1. The graduate will be able to classify medical records according to accepted standards.
2. The graduate will be able to demonstrate understanding of etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures for coding.
3. The graduate will be able to assign correct code and classification of diagnoses and procedures.6. The graduate will be able to capture accurate medical data for billing.