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    34 credit hours

     

Medical Coder Certificate

  • CT iconHelp 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).

    Features

    • Prepares you for quick entry into a career
    • Affordable
    • Covers physician coding and medical billing concepts
    • Courses follow the guidelines set forth for Medical Coder certification programs published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
    • Gives you hands-on experience through professional practice courses held in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation, psychiatric or assisted living facilities
    • Offered completely online
    • Prepares you to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credentialing exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

    What You Should Know

    In order to be successful in the health information management field, you must be able to demonstrate these essential functions.

  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to become an entry-level medical coder. 

  • Outlook

    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 

    Opportunities

    Employment opportunities exist in:

    • Hospitals
    • Physician offices
    • Clinics
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Insurance companies
    • Government agencies 
    • Home health care providers
  • What You Will Learn

    • How to transform medical diagnoses, procedures and injuries into designated numerical codes
    • Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical disease processes
  • Continuing Your Education

    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.
     

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  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Elizabeth RickermanAdministrative Services SpecialistHealth Education CenterRickerman.Elizabeth@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3670 (TTY/TDD) (TTY)
    Shirley CollarFacultyHealth Education CenterCollar.Shirley@spcollege.edu(727)341-3739
    Martin SmithAssociate AdjunctHealth Education CenterSmith.Martin@spcollege.edu727-341-3638
    Sheila NewberryProgram Director IIHealth Education Centernewberry.sheila@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3623
  • Medical Coder

    MEDCD-CT

    http://www.spcollege.edu/coder/(College Rule 6Hx23-4.53 and 6Hx23-4.70)

    Sheila Newberry, Program Director, HEC (727) 341-3623

    Additional Information: Health Information Management Program; also, please see our FAQ.

    Job Related Opportunities:

    • Inpatient Hospital Coderhttp://www.spcollege.edu/coder/
    • Outpatient Coder
    • Insurance Claim Analyst
    • Procedural Coder
    • Reimbursement Specialist
    • Coding Abstracting Analyst
    • Managed Care Organization Coder
    • Physician's Office/Clinic Coder

    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

    • U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code (occupations that the program prepares students to enter):

    51.0707

    Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

     

    29-2071.00

    Medical Records
    and Health Information Technicians

    • On-time Graduation Rate1: 35% (of 23 graduates for FY 2010-11)
    • Tuition and Fees for Entire Program 2 (completing the program within normal time): In-State - $3594; Out-of-State - $12948
    • Typical Costs for Books and Supplies for Entire Program3: $2267
    • Job Placement Rate4: 67% (of 28 graduates FY 2009-10)
    • Median Loan Debt Incurred (students who completed the program): $0

    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
    ~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~

    Admission Rules
    Before entering the first term of the Medical Coder "program courses," students must complete 9 credits which must include (CGS 1100 or Computer/Information Literacy Competency requirement), HSC 1531, and BSC 1084 or (BSC 2085/2085L and BSC 2086/2086L) from the Support Courses listed below. These courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.
    Graduation Rules
    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.
    Admissions Courses
    Support Courses

    CGS 1100COMPUTER APPLICATIONS3
    BSC 1084CESSENTIALS OF HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY4
    HSC 1531MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
    Major Core Courses
    1st Term in Program
    HIM 1442PHARMACOLOGY FOR HIM PROFEESIONALS2
    HIM 1000INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT2
    HIM 1430PRINCIPLES OF DISEASE2
    HIM 2222BASIC ICD CODING2
    Major Core Courses
    2nd Term in Program
    HIM 1800PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE I2
    HIM 2722ICD-CM CODING2
    HIM 2012HEALTH LAW CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES2
    HIM 2652ELECTRONIC HEALTH/MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEMS2
    HIM 2960CREDENTIALING EXAM REVIEW1
    Major Core Courses
    3rd Term in Program
    HIM 2223INTRODUCTION TO CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT SYSTEMS2
    HIM 2253BASIC CPT CODING2
    HIM 2723ICD-PCS CODING2
    HIM 2810PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II2

    TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS
    34
    a Students planning to transfer to a 4-year college should take BSC 2085-2085L and BSC 2086-2086L.

    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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