This certificate program prepares students for employment as entry-level coders using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding systems for assigning accurate codes in compliance with federal regulations and insurance requirements. Graduates receive the Certificate in Medical Coding Specialist from the college and are eligible to write the AHIMA national qualifying examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
In order to promote student success in the Medical Coding Specialist certificate program, the following criteria is established for admission: a) high school GPA of at least 2.0 or a passing GED score and b) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for previous college hours. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better in order to progress to the next course and an overall GPA of 2.5 to successfully complete the program.
Prior to enrolling in the HIT 285 course, students will be required to have a physical examination and verify annual tuberculosis status. A Criminal Background Check along with a drug screen may be required, and students are responsible for any costs incurred. If a negative result is returned, the student may not be able to complete the Clinical Application Experience.