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Health Information Technician Training | El Cajon, Ca

Health Information Technician Diploma

36 Semester Credits / 34 Weeks

Health Information Technician Training in El Cajon, CA

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring that it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

After completing the 8-month diploma program at our El Cajon | San Diego Health Information Technician School, students have the option to continue in the Health Information Technician (HIT), Associate of Applied Science program. The associate degree can be completed in an additional 6 months and contains general education courses, along with advanced courses in billing and coding.

Health Information Technician, Associate of Applied Science 

64 semester credits / 60 weeks

What are the Important Qualities needed?

Analytical skills

Health information technicians must understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.

Detail oriented

Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.


Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise discretion and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Interpersonal skills

Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.

Technical skills

Health information technicians must use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

Health Information Technician Job Growth 2018 - 2028

  • % increase

Health Information Technicians are predicted to increase by 11% (much faster than average) through the year 2028

HITs Work at:

  • Physicians' Office
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Administrative and support services
  • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

Ready to Start Working?

Complete our diploma in only 8 months

Our Health Information Technician diploma program is designed to have you working right after graduation. Check out our Careers Services to learn about Job Placement.

Health information technicians document patients’ health information, including their medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare services that are provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.

What will you learn?

Diploma Curriculum & Courses

Anatomy and Physiology I
AP 114 Anatomy and Physiology I

2.66 Credits

This course provides an overview of the human body. It introduces students to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. It also introduces students to related terminology used in the clinical settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to human cellular development and the impact of disease processes of each specific body system.

Anatomy and Physiology II
AP 115 Anatomy and Physiology II

2.66 Credits

This course provides an overview of the human body. It introduces students to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. It also introduces students to related terminology used in the clinical settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to human cellular development and the impact of disease processes of each specific body system.

Medical Terminology
MT 110 Medical Terminology

4.00 Credits

This course introduces the student to medical terminology as it relates to the anatomical structure of the human body. Emphasis is on body system root words, prefixes, suffixes, and introductory terminology. Medical language and accepted medical abbreviations are discussed in detail.

Introduction to Pharmacology
PH 101 Introduction to Pharmacology

1.33 Credits

This course introduces students to pharmacology as it relates to a medical office setting. Students gain knowledge of Federal and State drug laws, general drug classifications, drug indications and contraindications, and inventory requirements. Nutrition and its effect on a patient’s health will also be emphasized.

Medical Principles and Foundations
MO 110 Medical Principles and Foundations

2.66 Credits

Instruction on the principles and foundations of the medical profession. Instruction includes a history of the medical profession, types of medical practices, ethical and medico-legal issues, HIPAA regulations. This course also emphasizes the importance of therapeutic communications that exists between the medical professional and the patient.

Introduction to Medical Insurance/Coding
COD 101 Introduction to Medical Insurance/Coding

1.66 Credits

Learn how to correctly code diagnostic and professional services rendered by the physician, necessary in billing for reimbursement by insurance companies. Emphasis is on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-(-CM). Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the HCPCS for Medicare claims, as well as electronic coding procedures. The course also includes procedures for the hard copy and electronic completing of the Universal HCFA-1500 insurance form for selected private insurance, HMO, PO, and Medicare.

Patient Communication
PC 101 Patient Communication

0.99 Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the proper procedures related to front office responsibilities. Emphasis is on responsibilities related to scheduling appointments and receptionist duties. Students will be instructed in the use of newest medical office communication systems and proper telephone etiquette. Other communication topics will include medical assistant’s responsibilities relating to the proper education and preventive techniques of patients.

Medical Office Administration
MO 120 Medical Office Administration

2.66 Credits

This course revolves around various medical office management systems and provides students with knowledge in the proper procedures for recording and maintaining patient charts; proper charting techniques; filing and management systems. Mail management stresses both manual and electronic mail communications. Delivering services and specific handling of billing materials will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to dictation and transcription service, proper techniques for handling general office correspondence, letter writing, and composing routine correspondence.

KB 101 Keyboarding

0.66 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with basic computer keyboarding techniques. Emphasis is on the mastery of the keyboard, which increases speed and maintains accuracy.

Collections & Reimbursement Procedures
MO 130 Collections & Reimbursement Procedures”

2.33 Credits

This course provides an overview of the accounts receivable follow-up process, including the use of aging reports. The correct procedures for collections, including payment plans and the write-offs of uncollectible balances, are described. Explains the content of shared reports and how they are used to help generate and monitor practice revenue as well as to improve the delivery of health care, including the use of reports in PM/EHR to demonstrate meaningful use. Provides an overview of the content and format of electronic and paper claims, and then illustrates the flow of claims from the PM/EHR to a clearinghouse and on to the payer. Students gain the skills required to create, submit, and monitor insurance claims through the claim adjudication process. Students also learn how to create patient statements and process a check returned for nonsufficient funds.

Introduction to Medical Bookkeeping & HIT
MO 140 Introduction to Medical Bookkeeping & HIT”

2.33 Credits

This course explains the improvements to health care that are based on health information technology (HIT). Covers key government initiatives, defines the clinical encounter and the billing cycle, and discusses the benefits of integrated practice management and electronic health record programs. Additionally, this course explains the roles of professional health care and administrative staff in implementing HIT in physician practices. Describes how to interpret a remittance advice (RA) from a health plan and to enter and apply insurance payments in a PM/EHR. The process of appealing claims and post payment audits are discussed. Students also learn how to create patient statements and process a check returned for nonsufficient funds.

Electronic Health Records
EHR 110 Electronic Health Records”

1.99 Credits

Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to use a PM/EHR to create appointments, as well as to add provider breaks, create recall lists, and print providers’ schedules. This course covers the skills needed to use a PM/EHR to check patient balances and create chart numbers and cases. Describes methods used to enter documentation in an EHR, including the use of dictation and transcription, voice recognition software, and templates. Students practice entering progress notes with and without the use of a template. The e-prescribing and electronic order entry features of an EHR are also presented. Introduction to the basics of coding, including ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT, and E/M, and explains both paper and electronic encounter forms. The student learns how to use an EHR to record a patient’s history, allergies, medications, vital signs, and chief complaint. Students also practice sending and receiving intraoffice messages and creating patient reminder letters.

ICD-10-CM Coding
COD 110 ICD-10-CM Coding”

1.99 Credits

Introduction to the basics of coding, including ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT, and E/M, and explains both paper and electronic encounter forms. Discussion of coding and billing compliance, with a focus on strategies to avoid common coding and billing problems. Students then review and post charges that have been electronically transmitted and record time-of-service payments. Students practice entering progress notes with and without the use of a template. The e-prescribing and electronic order entry features of an EHR are also presented.

Electronic Health Records II
EHR 120 Electronic Health Records II”

1.66 Credits

This course introduces principles of quality assessment and improvement, and utilization, risk, and case management, in healthcare. Topics include Continuous Quality Improvement, and case management processes, data analysis/reporting techniques, credentialing, regulatory quality monitoring requirements, and outcome measures and monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to abstract, analyze, and report clinical data for facility-wide quality management/performance improvement programs and monitor compliance measures. This course provides a comprehensive discussion of topics common to the health information profession. Emphasis is placed on application of professional competencies, job search tools, and preparation for the certification examination. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in entry-level domains and subdomains for health information technologies.

Medical Coding
COD 120 Medical Coding”

1.66 Credits

In-depth coverage of ICD-10 coding rubrics, conventions, principles, and updates as they apply to accurate coding of complex cases. Principles of inpatient and outpatient coding are covered in this class. Examine E&M guidelines and HCPCS coding.

Career Development
CS 103 Career Development”

1.99 Credits

This course offers an introduction to successful interviewing and resume development techniques. In addition, it provides information on effective networking and seeking out the appropriate job. Instruction is provided on correct workplace habits, professionalism, and maintaining a positive attitude.

Externship for HIT
EX 111 Externship for HIT”

3.55 Credits

Students will extern 160 hours in a medical setting under the direct supervision of the facility administrator and general supervision of the School’s program director. Students will receive hands-on application of their recently acquired medical skills and will develop the confidence to secure a career position.

Associate Degree Additional Curriculum & Courses

Business Ethics
BE 101 Business Ethics

2.66 Credits

This course will focus on ethical issues and scenarios that relate directly to employees and their work environment. Students will develop a clearer sense of how, as a future employee, their corporate code of ethics will relate to operational decisions made daily. Focus will be placed on organizational ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, role of government, blowing the whistle, and ethics and technology

Introduction to Psychology
PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology

4.00 Credits

This course provides broad coverage of the field of psychology, introducing the basic concepts, theories, and applications that constitute the discipline. Topics covered include: sensation and perception, sleep and dreams, classical and operant conditioning, foundations of memory, motivation and emotion, nature and nurture, and personality.

Earth Science
SCI 101 Earth Science

3.72 Credits

This course introduces fundamental scientific concepts in Earth Science. Students will explore a broad spectrum of earth science topics from Earth’s position in the solar system to the delicate ecological
systems on Earth’s surface. Topics covered include: the scientific method, motions of earth, earth materials, plate tectonics, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, winds, atmosphere, weather, climate, oceans, and ecology and the environment.

College Math
MTH 101 College Math

3.72 Credits

This course covers basic mathematical topics in college math through everyday applications. The course first reviews fundamental math concepts such as whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, and decimals and then applies them to ratio, rate, proportion, and percent problems. Students will also be introduced to basic algebra concepts including simplifying, factoring, combining, and evaluating algebraic expressions.

Business Computer Applications
CPA 101 Business Computer Applications

1.99 Credits

This course provides an overview of current software packages used in the business environment. Students will learn to create, edit, print, and save effective documents using word processing software as well as the basics of creating a graphical slide show using presentation software. Instruction will include using software to create and edit spreadsheets with embedded charts and graphs. Real world application projects will test students’ skills in these applications.

U.S. History
HIS 101 U.S. History

4.00 Credits

This course presents a general overview of the history of the United States from pre-colonial times through the Reconstruction Era. It explores the cultural, political, geographical, economical, and technological changes that have shaped the United States as a nation. Through a chronological study of major events, people, and turning points in U.S. history, this course also provides tools for the critical thinking skills needed to interpret historical methods, points of view, and the meanings of events in historical contexts.

NCCT Preparation Course (NCMOA)
NPC 115 NCCT Preparation Course (NCMOA)

3.32 Credits

This course provides comprehensive instruction in the core competencies associated with being a nationally recognized medical assistant through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). The course includes medical topics including anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical office operations, patient exam, and medical procedure techniques.

NCCT Preparation Course (NCICS)
NPC 116 NCCT Preparation Course (NCICS)

3.99 Credits

This course is designed to provide health information technicians with advanced knowledge in insurance and medical billing/coding services in physician’s offices and medical specialty practices for health care providers to be paid for services rendered. Healthcare information technicians prepare and submit claims to insurance companies, prepare and send statements to patients. Healthcare information technologist must be knowledgeable and possess skills in the areas of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, advanced diagnostic and procedural coding, insurance claims processing, and medical billing procedures.

Externship for Coding
EX 114 Externship for Coding

0.88 Credits

Students will work 40 hours in medical clinic under the direct supervision of a physician or a medical billing and coding specialist.

El Cajon Health Information Technician School 2

This program may lead to a national certification with the National Center for Competency Testing


Where we got the information found on this webpage

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians,
on the Internet at

Cost of the Program


$14,490.00 Tuition
$100.00 Fees

Associate of Applied Science

$21,790.00 Tuition
$200.00 Fees

Graduation Rate (For 2019).


XX% On-Time Graduation Rate (on-time graduation is 8 months)

Associate of Applied Science

XX% On-Time Graduation Rate (on-time graduation is 15 months)

The Median Loan Debt for Graduates leaving ATA College, for award year 2016-2017, is $6400.00.

Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education 2019 Annual Report)



Associate of Applied Science


Health Information Technician Program graduates typically obtain jobs as a Health Information Technician or Medical Assistant. Below is a link to the Standard Occupational Classification:

29-2071.00 – Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
31-9092.00 – Medical Assistant


ATA College is an accreditied college which is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley, and San Diego.