2021-2022 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.

Career Information

Occupation

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.

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

HIMT Admissions Requirements

• Must be 18 years of age
• Official high school or GED transcript is required to apply.
• Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, Language, and Math.
• Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the 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 1012, MATH 1013, MATH 1111, ALHS 1011, 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 and/or CAHIIM accredited programs of higher education is 25%. Only 6 transfer credits from another CAHIIM will be accepted.
• Entrance to the Health Information Coding Diploma program requires students to complete ALL required pre-requisites and have a minimum of CGPA 2.0.

 
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative 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
404.225.4465
aspence@atlantatech.edu

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 4-5 terms
Program Credit Hours: 51
Estimated Program Cost: $9,023

Course Outline

 

General Education Courses (8-9 Credits)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

Select one of the following courses

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

Or

MATH 1013Algebraic Concepts

3

Select one of the following courses

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

Or

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development

2

Non General Education Degree Courses (10 Credits)

FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar

3

ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body

5

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences

2

Occupational Courses (32 Credits)

HIMT 1100Introduction to Health Information Technology

3

HIMT 1151Computer Applications in Healthcare

4

HIMT 1200Legal Aspects of Healthcare

3

HIMT 1250Health Record Content and Structure

2

HIMT 1360Pharmacotherapy

3

HIMT 1400Coding and Classification - ICD Basic

4

HIMT 1410Coding and Classification - ICD Advanced

3

HIMT 2400Coding and Classification - CPT/HCPCS

3

HIMT 2410Revenue Cycle Management

3

HIMT 2500Certification Seminar

4

Total Credit Hours: 50-51

 

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.