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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 1100 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
     or (Computer/Information Literacy Competency Requirement)
BSC 1084C ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4
HSC 1531 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 2
Major Core Courses
1st Term in Program
HIM 1442 PHARMACOLOGY FOR HIM PROFESSIONALS 2
HIM 1000 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 2
HIM 1430 PRINCIPLES OF DISEASE 2
HIM 2222 BASIC ICD CODING 2
Major Core Courses
2nd Term in Program
HIM 1800 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE I 2
HIM 2722 ICD-CM CODING 2
HIM 2012 HEALTH LAW CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES 2
HIM 2652 ELECTRONIC HEALTH/MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEMS 2
HIM 2960 CREDENTIALING EXAM REVIEW 1
Major Core Courses
3rd Term in Program
HIM 2223 INTRODUCTION TO CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT SYSTEMS 2
HIM 2253 BASIC CPT CODING 2
HIM 2723 ICD-PCS CODING 2
HIM 2810 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II 2

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).


C&I 4/26/20/13~ BOT 8/20/2013
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