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.

Related Programs

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

Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Coding Specialist Certificate (COC)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective  101
HIM 100Introduction to Health Information Management 303
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 324
Semester 2  
HIM 115Clinical Abstracting of Health Data 202
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 324
MCH 1XX Medical Terminology Elective (T)  303
Semester 3  
HIM 130International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding 404
HIM 135Pharmacology for Health Information Management 101
BIO 240Pathophysiology 303
Semester 4  
HIM 210Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies 303
HIM 215Advanced Medical Coding 404
HIM 225Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 303
Total Credits:  33435

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Medical Terminology Elective
MCH 104Comprehensive Medical Terminology3
MCH 101
& MCH 102
Medical Terminology 1
and Medical Terminology 2
4

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum

Contacts

Program Chair
Cindy Kneip, RHIA
(513) 569-4683
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