Is This Program for You?
If you are analytical, detail-oriented, enjoy working with data, and have an interest in the health care field, a career as a Medical Coding Specialist could be an excellent choice.
Students entering the Medical Coding Specialist program should:
- be able to work independently.
- have a strong knowledge of medical terminology.
- employ good critical thinking and communication skills.
- Technical Diploma.
- May take the program in modified plan.
- All courses offered online.
- Medical Coding students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Financial aid available.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Assign diagnostic and procedure codes using ICD-9 CM, ICD-10 CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding systems.
- Adhere to security/privacy, and confidentiality policies and procedures.
- Utilize computers to process information.
- Support data collection and maintain compliance with reimbursement systems.
- Communicate in a professional manner.
- Model appropriate professional behavior, ethics, and appearance.
- Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Job security is available nationwide: there is a critical shortage of qualified medical coders. This program prepares students for employment as entry-level coding specialists in health care facilities such as: hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, surgery centers, insurance companies, consulting companies, government agencies, computer software companies and other health care settings. Possible employment for program graduates may include:
- Outpatient Coder
- Inpatient Coder
- Medical Coding Specialist
- Coding Analyst
- Claims Analyst
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Credit for Prior Learning
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Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Medical Coding Specialist Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
|10-530-178||Healthcare Law & Ethics||X|
|10-530-182||Human Diseases for the Health Professions||X|
|Current Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based (CCS-P)|
|10-530-185||Health Care Reimbursement||X|
|10-530-197||ICD Diagnosis Coding||X|
|Current International Classification of Diseases - 10 (ICD-10), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC)|
|10-530-199||ICD Procedure Coding||X|
|International Classification of Diseases - 10 (ICD-10) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)|