Grade Requirements: To receive a Healthcare Coding & Classification Certificate the student must complete all courses in the certificate program with a grade of “C” or higher (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable).
Credit Hour Requirements: 27 credit hours as specified.
This program provides training to candidates interested in the application of disease and operation codes to episodes of care in the U.S. healthcare system. There currently is a nationwide shortage of qualified healthcare coders. Qualified coders are needed at all levels of the healthcare system to provide coded clinical data for reimbursement and research purposes.
The program develops the ability of students to use the International Classification of Diseases, version 9 (ICD-9-CM) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) of the American Medical Association. The program develops expertise for both outpatient/office practice and acute-care inpatient levels of proficiency. Use and application of both coding schemes in the systems of reimbursement for healthcare services is also developed.
Completion of all courses earns the student a Healthcare Coding & Classification Certificate and prepares them to sit for the American Health Information Management Association’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification examination.