Help keep medical practices on track by ensuring data quality, accuracy and accessibility. Our program provides training in the clinical classification systems International Classification of Disease (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).
In order to be successful in the health information management field, you must be able to demonstrate these essential functions.
Our program prepares you to become an entry-level medical coder.
The growing use of electronic health records will continue to increase the demand for health information technicians. As Americans live longer and receive more health care services, the need for health information specialists is expected to grow 21 percent through 2020, much faster than average, particularly for those with a strong understanding of technology and computer software.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment opportunities exist in:
Our Medical Coder Certificate transfers to our Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.
Sheila Newberry, Program Director, HEC (727) 341-3623
Additional Information: Health Information Management Program; also, please see our FAQ.
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The Medical Coder Certificate is designed to provide a student with the skills necessary to transform medical diagnoses, procedures, and injuries into designated numerical codes. There are many demands for accurately coded data from the medical records in hospitals, physician's offices, as well as other healthcare institutions. Codes are provided on claim forms and on numerous medical record abstracts so third party payors and outside agencies may utilize this information. Coded data are also used internally by institutions for quality assurance activities, case-mix management, and other administrative and research activities. A medical coder is an individual who analyzes medical records and assigns codes to classify diagnoses and procedures to support the reimbursement system, to support assessment of clinical care, and to support medical research activity.
A medical record coder must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as clinical knowledge including extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical disease process.
A coder must adhere to ethical principles relating to quality, truth, and accuracy in work performance and productivity. The suggested courses are in agreement with guidelines set by the American Health Information Management Association.
Medical Coding Certificate students are eligible to take one of three coding credentialing exams: Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and Certified Coding Specialist - Physician-based (CCS-P).
These courses will apply toward the A.S. degree in Health Information Management.
Additional Information for Financial Aid Eligible Certificate Programs
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
and Health Information Technicians
1 Source: PeopleSoft Student Information System
2 Total cost of the program is estimated using Fall 2012 Tuition and Fee Rates and is subject to annual tuition and fee increases
3 Cost for books and supplies is based on the Financial Assistance Books and Supplies per term budget and prorated based on the number of credit hours in the program
4 Source: Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) and SPC Recent Alumni Survey
APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
20132/0480 (BEGINNING 12/14/2013) OR LATER
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NOTE: In order to enroll in any program course with a prerequisite, a grade of "C" or better must have been earned in all prerequisite courses. Students must earn grades of "C" or better in all courses required for the Medical Coder CT curriculum in order to graduate from the program.
New graduates from the Medical Coder Certificate program are advised to gain coding experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings before taking the Certified Coding Associate examination and/or the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS/CCA) examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
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