This certificate was designed to prepare individuals to work in hospitals, physician offices, and other healthcare facilities as medical coders and billers. The curriculum is designed to provide an understanding of medical terminology essential to understand the language of medicine and the essential functions required to work as a medical coder and/or biller. Students will study principles of healthcare information management, electronic record keeping and information sharing, billing and reimbursement, and international medical coding systems. The program was designed using skills and knowledge required for medical coding and billing established by the American Healthcare Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Completion of this certificate program will help prepare graduates for the first level of certification as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Although certification is not a requirement for most entry-level coding positions, it may be required for advancement in the profession. For more information on certification and electronic medical records you can visit the organization’s web site at www.ahima.org.
A student considering this program should be comfortable with computer data entry and the use of computers to access and analyze data. Some work experience in a healthcare field is recommended.