Coding Specialist Certificate (COC)

Description

In many instances, financial reimbursement to patients or medical professionals for healthcare services is tied to the use of standard numeric coding systems. The Coding Specialist Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions applying these codes to healthcare records in hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician group practices, billing companies, and insurance companies. Students learn to accurately determine code assignments using ICD and CPT coding systems. Graduates of the certificate program may take an entry-level certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Successful completion of the exam earns the credential Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Professional organizations that offer advanced certification recommend coding education along with experience in the field prior to pursuing certification. Individuals should evaluate their knowledge and experience prior to considering an advanced certification examination.

Program Code

COC.CT1

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in entry-level coding and billing positions in outpatient clinics, outpatient surgery centers, physician group practices, billing companies, and insurance companies
  • Take the entry-level certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Successful completion of the exam earns the credential Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Coder
  • Medical Biller

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$34,020 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of medical coders is projected to grow 22 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Gainful Employment Data

Curriculum

Coding Specialist Certificate (COC)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective   1 0 1
HIM 100 Introduction to Health Information Management 3 0 3
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3 2 4
Semester 2      
HIM 115 Clinical Abstracting of Health Data 2 0 2
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 2 4
MCH 104 Comprehensive Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Semester 3      
HIM 130 International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding 4 0 4
HIM 135 Pharmacology for Health Information Management 1 0 1
BIO 240 Pathophysiology 3 0 3
Semester 4      
HIM 210 Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies 3 0 3
HIM 215 Advanced Medical Coding 4 0 4
HIM 225 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3 0 3
Total Credits:   33 4 35

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3

Contacts

Program Chair
Cindy Kneip