About the Program
The medical record coder is a health information specialist trained to assign diagnostic and procedural codes, applying classification systems for optimal reimbursement in a variety of health care settings. The medical record coder will establish a familiarity with other coding and classification systems uti- lized in non-traditional health care settings as well as reimbursement-related issues and skills including DRG assignment/validation, federal reimbursement systems, operations of third party payers and billing departments.
The general education component of this certificate program will allow the student to develop a background in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and computer skills.
The professional education component will consist of an introduction to the field of health information management, in-depth instruction on medical record coding, focus on medical pathology and interpretation of medical documentation. Hands-on coding practice will be achieved in lab settings, and when possible, in hospital and other health care facility Health Information Management departments supervised by health information management professionals. Students will be expected to join their professional organization, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as they begin their first semester.
Successful students will be required to sit for the AHIMA coding certification examination in order to receive credentials as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). This examination is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). After successful completion of the program and credentialing examination, graduates are qualified to be employed for the following positions: Inpatient Hospital Coder, Outpatient Hospital Coder; Physician Office Coder; Surgical Center Coder; Home Health Care Coder; Nursing Facility Coder.
Learning experiences for students in the Medical Record Coder program are provided on the Airport Campus in the Lexington Hall classroom where students have access to simulated patient records and virtual hospital software. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with medical coding externship sites and healthcare facilities.
In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Medical Record Coder program include:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- High school or college credits in science (recommended)
- Keyboarding skills
- Acceptable eligibility criteria:
- TEAS V (September 2014-present): 60 total percent (reading 70 percent, mathematics 68 percent, science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- HOBET V (May 2012-September 2014): 60 total percent (reading 70 percent, mathematics 68 percent, science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- HOBET (May 2011-May 2012): 46 composite percent (minimum reading 46 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- SAT 950 (minimum critical reading 407) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- ACT 18 (minimum verbal 17) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; or
- Associate degree or higher.
- Admissions Criteria:
- Successful completion, with at least a “C,” of pre-requisite courses: BIO 210, CPT 170, ENG 101 and AHS 102 within the Health Sciences timeframe limits and repeat policy.
- Current CPR certification at time of program entry
- Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening
- Completed Health Form and Immunization Records
The program is offered as a full-time, three-semester program on the Airport Campus. Courses must be taken in the appropriate sequence as specified in the curriculum display. Students must complete all courses (pre-requisite and curriculum courses) with at least a “C” or better in the timeframe per- mitted by the Health Science Department and may repeat no more than two courses.
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