Atlanta-Area Schools with Medical Office Administration Programs
Medical office administration training is available through several types of associate's degree, certificate or diploma programs, but there are only a few schools in the Atlanta, GA, area that offer relevant programs. This article looks at three schools within 50 miles of the city center and the programs they have available. It also includes a table of statistics about these schools, such as enrollment, campus setting, graduation rate and tuition.
- Atlanta Technical College is just three miles from downtown. It offers an associate's degree program in health information management technology and a diploma program in health information management coding.
- Students at Gwinnett Technical College, approximately 28 miles from downtown Atlanta, offers medical billing clerk or medical front office assistant certificate programs.
- Lanier Technical College has diploma and certificate programs for medical coding specialists and medical administrative assistants, as well as an associate's degree program in healthcare management technology. This school is nearly 44 miles from downtown Atlanta.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information about these three schools that could be useful to students who are choosing where to pursue their education.
|Atlanta Technical College||Gwinnett Technical College||Lanier Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,098*||8,321*||3,681*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Small suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,816 in-state; $4,952 out-of-state*||$2,868 in-state; $5,004 out-of-state*||$3,282 in-state; $5,952 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||79%*||86%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*||61% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students*||57% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2014)||44%*||36%*||32%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Atlanta Technical College
Most of this school's medical office administration-related courses are classroom-based. Only the associate's degree program requires practicum work for in-the-field training. The associate's degree program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
Health Information Management Coding Diploma
This 52-credit hour program requires nine credit hours from general education courses. Occupational courses include related legal aspects, revenue cycle management, medical terminology, coding and classification, health record content and pharmacotherapy. Students are also required to participate in a certification seminar that helps students to prepare for related certifications.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
Students can expect to complete courses in legal aspects, anatomy, physiology, health care statistics, performance improvement, coding techniques and classifications. A total of 69 credit hours are needed for graduation. This program is tasked with preparing students to take the Registered Health Information Technician certification exam.
Gwinnett Technical College
This school expects students to be able to type 25 words per minute. Those who fail to type that fast are advised to enroll in the introduction to keyboarding course during their first semester.
Medical Billing Clerk Certificate
Required technical courses include document production, medical office billing, insurance, medical coding and computer basics. Students may also need to complete courses in anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. In this program, students learn reimbursement techniques for medical billing and insurance careers. Completion time for this program is a minimum of two semesters.
Medical Front Office Assistant Certificate
This program requires students to pass courses in English, medical administrative procedures, document production, computer basics and medical terminology. Students must also complete six credit hours of business technical elective coursework. This program helps train students to work in entry-level receptionist positions at medical facilities. Full-time students usually take three semesters, minimum, to complete this program.
Lanier Technical College
This school's medical office administration-related certificate and diploma programs provide students with classroom-based training.
Health Information Management Coding Diploma
Students are required to complete 48 program hours. Courses include coding/classification, pharmacotherapy and human diseases. Coding courses offer training in CPT/HCPCS and ICD-Adv. coding.
Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate
This 24-semester hour program requires courses in medical terminology, medical office procedures, and medical insurance management. The program takes two semesters to complete.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology
In addition to general education courses, students will encounter courses in document production, medical law, health care and human resources management, medical coding and insurance, long-term care administration and related ethics. This 66-semester hour program also requires students to participate in a health information management practicum prior to graduation.