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    Jul 20, 2024  
Catalog 2017-2018 
    
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Coding Specialist Certificate


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No. of Credits: 40
Contact: L. Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division;
J. Stanfield, Program Coordinator

This certificate program provides the knowledge and skills needed to classify medical data from patient records for submission to insurance companies or the government for reimbursement of expenses and to researchers and public health officials to monitor trends in healthcare. Students develop skill in accurate interpretation of patient diagnosis and treatment descriptions; the ICD, CPT and HCPCS Level II coding systems; billing and reimbursement; and health information documentation. Graduates may be employed by hospitals, physicians’ offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers. Graduates are eligible to take the Coding Specialist Certification examination sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association.

This may be a competitive admission program determined by student/instructor ratios and clinical space available.  A grade of “C” or better is required in all program courses.

This program may be designated as a Health Manpower Shortage program. For more information contact the Admissions Department.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 30.

NOTE: The practicum courses in the program provide students a learning experience while being mentored at one or more healthcare-related facilities. In these courses students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a workplace environment.  In order to be placed at a facility students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, a criminal background check and drug screen at the students’ expense. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance and CPR certification. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers OR the American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers are the only accepted CPR courses.

The college will not be responsible for any tuition, fees or other costs that may be charged or paid or lost due to incomplete, untimely or unsatisfactory health records, CPR certification, background check or drug screen.  The college is not responsible for the conduct of background checks and drug screenings, or decisions made by other entities as a result of the background check and drug screening requirements.

Gainful Employment:

View Gainful Employment information for this certificate on our website.

 

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:


The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Notes:


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite

**** Pending MHEC approval

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