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Medical Coding Certificate

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Program Requirements and Electives - 41 Credits

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 41*

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.


Program Description

The Medical Coding certificate is designed to prepare future coding professionals for positions as medical coders in the health care industry. Medical Coding professionals combine health information knowledge with computer technology and management skills. They utilize clinical decisions to evaluate reimbursement of insurance claims, and provide information for indexing statistics and research. Medical Coding is used to help prevent legal difficulties and ensure that providers received full reimbursement in a timely manner.

Students who successfully complete the Medical Coding Certification Program will find employment in various health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, ambulatory care facilities, nursing facilities, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), insurance companies, and health data organizations.

The Medical Coding certificate program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate and are eligible to sit for the AHIMA CCA (Certified Coding Associate), CCS (Certified Coding Specialist), or CCS-P (Certified Coding – Physician Based) exam.

Students must complete the program sequence and graduate within three years. Students who do not complete the program within three years will be required to repeat courses where the most current skills and knowledge are critical.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. accurately apply diagnosis and procedural codes utilizing (International Classification of Diseases Clinical Modifications (ICD-9-CM), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and Healthcare Procedural Coding Systems (HCPCS);
  2. interpret and utilize coding guidelines for accurate code assignments;
  3. identify the importance of documentation on coding assignments; and
  4. identify the impact of medical reimbursement practices and procedures.

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