2021-2022 College Catalog

Health Information Specialist TCC

Health Information Specialist TCC (Program Code: HMC1)

Program Description

The Health Information Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit certificate incorporates the education needed to orient a student toward Health information while at the same time preparing the student to perform the basic skills and knowledge needed to properly handle and prepare protected health data according to state and federal guidelines from initial contact until and after the patient is discharged from any type of healthcare facility.

Career Information


Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialist

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 18.4% nationally and 22.2% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $30,000 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 16 years of age
• Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
• Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
• Required minimum scores for program admission on Placement Exam.
• Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the Office of Enrollment Services and HIMT Program Advisor.

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 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: 1 term
Program Credit Hours: 10
Estimated Program Cost: $2,389

Course Outline


Occupational Courses

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


HIMT 1100Introduction to Health Information Technology


HIMT 1200Legal Aspects of Healthcare


HIMT 1250Health Record Content and Structure


Total Credit Hours: 10


Program Outcomes

1 Orientation- Define the role of the HIM department in the healthcare institution.
2 Healthcare Data- Manage health data, confidentiality, and security of patient health information.
3 Legal System- Explain the difference between sources of law and apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM.
4 Health Record- Explain the structure, type, and content of the electronic health record.