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Medical Coder Certificate

Medical Coder Certificate

The Medical Coder Certificate Program is a 32 credit-hour program that provides training in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, legal and ethical standards in health care, as well as coding and insurance procedures.

  • Upon program completion, students will have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare market as an entry-level medical coder/biller in a variety of health care settings.
  • The curriculum provides a foundation for students to prepare and complete the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
  • The curriculum also provides a foundation for students to prepare and complete the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Medical Coder Program is to provide a supportive environment in which students will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for successful entry-level coding positions in a variety of health care settings and provides a foundation to prepare for the national certification exams.

What is Medical Coding?

Medical coding is the process of translating written description, whether electronic or paper, of diagnosis, procedures, medical services and equipment into standard alphanumeric/numeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician's notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc.

Healthcare workers who specialize in coding are called medical records coders, health information technicians, coder/abstractors or coding specialists.

Typical responsibilities of a medical coder include:

  • analyzing medical records and assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures,
  • processing charges for patient billing, insurance claims and account management,
  • tabulating information for health surveys, research studies and improved patient care, and
  • communicating with other healthcare personnel to clarify diagnoses or obtain additional information.

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