With 28 schools in Georgia offering medical billing and coding education through various programs, students have a number of options. These include 1-year certificate programs that focus on coding and billing, as well as undergraduate degree programs that include this type of instruction as part of a broader education in health information technology or management. Some programs prepare students for certification, and most of the programs include a practical element. Below is an overview of ten of the largest schools in the state with medical billing and coding training and a table comparing the programs and tuition costs for each school.
Albany Technical College
Located in Albany, this technical college offers two programs in health information technology. The health information coding diploma program requires students to complete 49 credits in courses such as anatomy and physiology, coding and classification, health record content and structure, medical terminology, human pathological conditions and pharmacotherapy. Students also can pursue a 64-credit associate degree program in health information technology that includes coursework in coding and classification, computer applications and revenue cycle management.
Athens Technical College
The associate degree in health information management technology program at this college in Athens requires students to complete 64 credits in coursework. Students must take courses in coding and classification, as well as medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, healthcare statistics, healthcare computer applications and revenue cycle management. The curriculum also includes general education courses, such as economics, history, psychology, English composition, mathematics and natural science.
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College in Macon has a technical certificate program in medical coding for students preparing for an entry-level position in the field. This program requires students to complete 24 credit hours. Course topics in the program include medical billing, coding, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and document production.
Darton State College
Students at Darton State College in Albany can earn a certificate or associate degree program in health information technology. The associate degree program requires students to complete 62 semester hours in courses such as coding, medical terminology, healthcare delivery systems and health information management supervision. The billing and coding certificate program prepares students to take the Certified Coding Associate credentialing examination.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers a diploma and an associate degree in health information management technology at its Walker campus in Rock Springs. Courses in these programs include medical billing and coding, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and human pathological conditions.
Gwinnett Technical College
Located in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett Technical College has an associate degree program in health information technology that includes medical coding instruction. The 64-credit-hour associate degree program includes coursework in coding and classification, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, healthcare management and computer applications in healthcare. The program also requires students to complete 15 credit hours in general education courses.
West Georgia Technical College
West Georgia Technical College, located in Waco, has an associate degree program in health information management technology. Courses include coding and classification, revenue cycle management, health record content, pharmacotherapy, healthcare statistics and legal aspects of healthcare. Students must complete a minimum of 64 credits to earn the degree.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Billing and Coding Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Albany Technical College||Two-year, public; small city|| Health Information Coding Diploma,
Health Information Technology Associate Degree
|$2,652 in-state; $4,792 out-of-state*|
|Athens Technical College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology||$2,684 in-state; $4,820 out-of-state*|
|Central Georgia Technical College||Two-year, public; small city||Medical Coding Technical Certificate of Credit||$2,674 in-state; $4,810 out-of-state*|
|Darton State College||Two-year, public; small city|| Health Information Technology Medical Billing/Coding Certificate,
Associate of Science in Health Information Technology
|$3,395 in-state; $9,470 out-of-state*|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||Two-year, public; small city|| Health Information Management Technology Diploma,
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology
|$2,684 in-state; $4,820 out-of-state*|
|Gwinnett Technical College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology||$2,796 in-state; $4,932 out-of-state*|
|West Georgia Technical College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology||$2,724 in-state; $4,860 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator