Atlanta-Area Health Information Technology Schools
The Atlanta, Georgia, area offers a few options for students planning a career in health information technology. This article looks at two schools, the most distant about 50 minutes from downtown, and the programs they offer. It also features a table of information about the schools that allows for easy comparison. The table includes data such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rates. At the end of this article is a little information about one other school with a relevant program.
- Atlanta Technical College is less than four miles from the downtown area and offers an associate degree in health information technology as well as a diploma program in health information coding.
- Approximately 24 miles from downtown Atlanta, Chattahoochee Technical College offers prospective health information technologists an associate degree program in healthcare management. It also offers a healthcare assistant certificate program.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are looking for the right school need access to a great deal of information about their prospective schools. The following table offers facts regarding two schools that can help prospective students find their best fit.
|Atlanta Technical College||Chattahoochee Technical College|
|School Type||Two-year, public||Two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,098*||10,201*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,816, in-state and $4,952, out-of-state*||$2,782, in-state and $4,918, out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||85%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A Open Admissions||N/A Open Admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% for full-time students and 42% for part-time students*||53% for full-time students and 43% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students who began Fall 2014)||44%*||26%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in a variety of career-focused areas such as accounting, automotive repair, barbering, carpentry, culinary arts and health information management and technology. The school offers two programs in health information technology through the health technologies and public safety technologies department.
Health Information Management Coding Diploma
The program requires students to complete 52 credit hours in courses such as medical terminology, structures of the human body, coding and classification, pharmacotherapy, computers and healthcare laws. Students must also complete general education courses such as English, mathematics and psychology. Applicants must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma and gain minimum scores on reading, English and math tests.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
The 69-credit health information technology program examines anatomy and physiology, pharmacotherapy, healthcare statistics, coding and classification, medical terminology, computer applications, healthcare management and revenue cycle management. The general education courses include English, literature, mathematics, psychology and public speaking. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and prepares graduates to take the national certification exam and earn an RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential.
Chattahoochee Technical College
Chattahoochee Technical College is a multiple-campus college that offers programs in business, accounting, computer science, technical studies and health sciences. Students interested in a career in health information technology may pursue a certificate as a healthcare assistant with a specialization in medical coding or an associate degree in health information technology at the North Metro Campus.
Healthcare Assistant Certificate
The healthcare assistant certificate program at Chattahoochee Technical College allows students to specialize their studies in one of two areas: nursing assistant and patient care technician. All healthcare assistant programs include coursework in English, psychology, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and computers. Optional courses include computer and information literacy for the workplace.
Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Management
Within the 60-credit program, students delve into medical office procedures, electronic medical office technology and computer literacy. In addition to general education coursework, students complete courses in anatomy and physiology, computers and healthcare communication. Students also take part in labs.
Other School Options
Students may also pursue a certificate in medical coding or an associate degree in healthcare management technology at Lanier College, which is almost 44 miles from downtown Atlanta.