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Healthcare Coding

Healthcare Coding Certificate

The Healthcare Coding Certificate program of study prepares individuals for employment in coding positions including; physician offices, hospitals, outpatient surgery facilities, health departments and other areas where diagnosis and procedures are coded utilizing ICD-10 and CPT for reimbursement and reporting purposes.  The courses in this program are offered online with the exception of Anatomy & Physiology.

Completion of this Healthcare Coding Certificate program will prepare students to sit for the Certified Physician Coding (CPC) and/or the Outpatient Hospital/Facility (CPC-H) examinations offered through AAPC and the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examinations.

The student will need to be proficient in English; reading and writing.  Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites.  Students are not required to take placement exams before enrollment in this certificate program.

Program Staff Recommendation
Students planning to work as a professional coder should also consider completing the Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program.

General Education (GE) Courses
Certificate students are not required to take specific elective courses for this program.  But should work with an advisor to find an appropriate track for career objectives.  Students are not required to take placement exams before enrollment.  Students completing this program will earn credit hours that can be applied to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology.

Program Core Courses
ALHE 105 Medical Terminology, BIOL 257/258 Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab, NURS 230 Pathophysiology, ALHT 210 Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Program Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology pathophysiology and medical terminology.
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of physician office and facility health data content, requirements and standards.
3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of physician office and facility clinical classification reimbursement methodologies.
4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of physician office and facility information technology and healthcare delivery.
5. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of legal and ethical issues in healthcare. 

Course Sequence
The listing that follows is a recommended sequence of courses for full-time students.  The student should consult with an advisor for information specific to their academic situation and flexibility of course sequencing order

Recommended Sequence of Courses

  Cr Hr
Semester I  
CSIS 100 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
ALHE 105  Medical Terminology 3
ALHT 110 Intro to Health Information Technology 3
ALHT 210  Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
Semester II  
BIOL 257 Anatomy & Physiology Lecture* 3
BIOL 258  Anatomy & Physiology Lab* 2
NURS 230 Pathophysiology 3
ALHE 122 Intro to Pharmacology 3
ALHT 225 International Classification of Disease (ICD)10 3
Semester III  
ALHT 230 Current Procedural Terminology 3
ALHT 170 Electronic Health Record    3
ALHT 150 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
ALHT 180 Healthcare Coding Practicum 2
ALHT 145 National Coding Exam Review 1
Total 39
*A&P has a prerequisite for General Biology: BIOL 111 or test out  

Optional Additional Study
Students completing the Healthcare Coding certificate are encouraged to consider continuing their education to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology.


HIT Application and Health Forms

HIT Program Handbook & Immunization Forms

Additional Information

AHIMA Student Recruitment

For more information contact:
Director of Health Information Technology
Richard Ryan, (785) 248-2830