2016-2017 Semester Catalog

Health Information Management Coding (HI12) Diploma

Campus Availability and Advisement:

Program Description:

The Health Information Management Technology program 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.

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Entrance Dates:

Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum and spring and fall semesters for HIMT occupational curriculum.

Entrance Requirements:

Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum;
18 years old for entrance into occupational program curriculum.

Other:

  1. Completion of application to the HIMT Health Information Diploma program and related procedures during the semester in which general education and occupational prerequisite courses are completed.
  2. Achieve a score of 30th percentile on the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) entrance exam. If, after the third attempt on the entrance examination, you have not received a score of at least 30, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor.
  3. GPA of at least 2.8 calculated for the program is required for all program related general education and occupational prerequisite courses.
  4. Students transferring from other HIMT coding diploma programs must complete 25% of their coursework at GNTC to receive a diploma from GNTC. All HIMT courses considered for transfer credit must be evaluated before transfer credit is granted.

Retention Policies:

Students must maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 or better. A “C” or (70) or better must be achieved in each course in order to progress to the next semester of the program.

Program Final Exit Point:

Program graduates will be eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination.

Basic Skills Courses (8-9 Credit Hours)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

 

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development

2

OR

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

 

MATH 1013Algebraic Concepts

3

OR

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

Occupational Prerequisites (10 Credit Hours)

ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body

5

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

 

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences

2

OR

BUSN 2300Medical Terminology

2

Occupational Curriculum (30 Credit Hours)

HIMT 1100Introduction to Health Information Technology

3

HIMT 1150Computer Applications in Healthcare

3

HIMT 1200Legal Aspects of Healthcare

3

HIMT 1250Health Record Content and Structure

2

HIMT 1350Pharmacotherapy

2

HIMT 1400Coding and Classification - ICD Basic

4

HIMT 1410Coding and Classification - ICD Advanced

3

HIMT 2400Coding and Classification - CPT/HCPCS

3

HIMT 2410Revenue Cycle Management

3

HIMT 2500Certification Seminar

4

Total Credit Hours: 48 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation