Health Information Coding - HI12

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Health Information Coding program is also offered mostly online.  However, there are some courses in which students are required to attend face-to-face. 

The Health Information Coding diploma prepares students to be medical coders and billers 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 anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diagnostic coding, and medical procedural coding.

**Beginning Fall 2014, this program will qualify for the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG).** 

Please visit Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant for more information.

 

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;   
  
*Be at least 16 years of age;  
   
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;    
 
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;      

*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores;

 ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

*American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.

*Students registering for this program on the Ben Hill-Irwin, Coffee, or Cook campuses will be required to attend the Valdosta campus to complete some course requirements.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Education Core (8 - 9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
MATH
1013
3

Prereqs: Placement Test Score OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes concepts and operations which are applied to the study of algebra. Topics include basic mathematical concepts, basic algebraic concepts, and intermediate algebraic concepts.
Choose One of the Following (2 - 3 hours)

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
PSYC
1010
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (40 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course focuses on orienting the student to health information management. Topics include introducing students to the structure of healthcare in the United States and its providers, and the structure and function of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Prereqs: Program Admission, BUSN 2300 or ALHS 1090

Coreqs: None

Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted including: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.

Prereqs: COMP 1000

Coreqs: None

Designed to provide students with computer and software skills used in medical offices. Topics include hardware and software components of computers for medical record applications; database software and information management; specialized information management systems in healthcare; methods of controlling confidentiality and patient rights; accuracy and security of health information data in computer systems as well as future directions of information technology in healthcare.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course focuses on the study of legal principles applicable to health information, patient care and health records. Topics include: working of the American Legal System, courts and legal procedures, principles of liability, patient record requirements, access to health information, confidentiality and informed consent, the judicial process of health information, specialized patient records, risk management and quality assurance, HIV information, and the electronic health record.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course provides a study of content, storage, retrieval, control, retention, and maintenance of health information. Topics include: health data structure, content and standards, healthcare information requirements and standards.
HIMT
1350
2

Prereqs: BUSN 2300 or ALHS 1090

Coreqs: None

Introduces drug therapy with emphasis on safety, classification of drugs, their action, side effects, and/or adverse reactions. Also introduces the basic concept used in the administration of drugs. Topics include: introduction to pharmacology, sources and forms of drugs, drug classification, and drug effects on the body systems.

Prereqs: (BIOL 2113/2113L & 2114/2114L or ALHS 1011) and (ALHS 1090 or BUSN 2300) and (HIMT 1350 or MAST 1030)

Coreqs: MAST 1120

This course provides the student an introduction to Medical Coding and Classification of diseases, injuries, encounters, and procedures using standard applications of Medical Coding Guidelines to support reimbursement of healthcare services.

Prereqs: HIMT 1400

Coreqs: None

This course is a continuation of HIMT 1400 (Coding and Classification Basic). This course provides the student with case studies for in-depth review of inpatient and outpatient record formats as found in current healthcare settings. Advanced coding skills and use of industry applications to apply coding and billing standards will be the focus to develop auditing and compliance strategies in the work setting.

Prereqs: HIMT 1400

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to, and application of, codes using CPT/HCPCS system. Codes will be applied to workbook exercises, case studies, and actual outpatient charts. Codes will be assigned manually as well as by an encoder.

Prereqs: HIMT 1400

Coreqs: None

This course focuses on how the revenue cycle is impacted by various departments within the facility such as patient access/registration, case management/quality review, health information management, and patient accounting. Subjects include insurance plans, medical necessity, claims processing, accounts receivable, chargemaster, DRGs, APCs, edits, auditing and review. ICD and CPT coding as they relate to the billing function will be reviewed. The importance of revenue cycle management for fiscal stability is emphasized.
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course provides students with the opportunity to review for the certification exam. Students are also afforded the opportunity to develop a portfolio as they seek to make the transition into the workforce. Topics include: searching the job market; preparing the portfolio; stress management and burnout; test-taking strategies; and reviewing for the certification exam.
Choose One of the Following (2 hours)

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
2

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the basic spelling and pronunciation of medical terms, and the use of these terms as they relate to anatomy, treatment, surgery, and drugs. Topics include: word analysis, word elements, spelling, pronunciation, and semantics.

 

Student

Related Program Options:

Health Information Technology Degree
Healthcare Access Associate TCC

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Frequently Asked Questions

Advisors

Cherelle Aguigui
Health Information Technology Program Coordinator
Office: Lowndes Hall, Room 7253
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 1244
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus