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
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Our certificates in Medical Coder and Healthcare Informatics transfer to our Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
Sheila Newberry,, Program Director, HEC, (727) 341-3623
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 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 forth by the American Health Information Management Association.
These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Health Information Management.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
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Before entering the first term of the Medical Coder "program courses," students must complete 9 credits which must include CGS 1100, 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.
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 (CCA) examination, Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination and/or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
ADMISSIONS COURSESSupport Courses
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSES2nd Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSES3rd Term in Program
* BSC 2085/BSC 2085L and BSC 2086/BSC 2086L together can fulfill the BSC 1084C course
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