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2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Medical Coding Certificate

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The Professional Medical Coding Certificate prepares the student to transform healthcare diagnoses, procedures, and services into codes to accurately reflect the patient’s condition and treatment focusing on the Physician’s Office setting. Codes are used in research and public health reporting, as well as for reimbursement purposes. 
Coding is critical for public health reporting. It helps in the assessment of the quality of care, leading to improved health services planning, education, research, and performance monitoring. The Professional Medical Coding Certificate recipient understands that quality information is critical in providing quality healthcare for patients.  In addition, the student will also understand the relationship of coding to reimbursement in the acute care facility.

Certifications/License or Industry-recognized Certificates:

Successful completion of the program will prepare the student to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC-A) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

This certificate has been developed to offer students another option for a coding credential, the CPC-A  (Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice).  This credential is offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders. The students sit for the CPC® examination but without work experience, they have the “A ” designation added to the credential. After students have provided proof of two years of medical coding experience, the Apprentice designation will be removed.  Students must earn a C or better in all classes in the Professional Medical Coding Certificate curriculum.  

Typical:  Acute Care Facility, Insurance Companies,  other healthcare facilities

Major/Concentration Codes: PMTC-PMTC

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To view a sample degree map by semester for this area of emphasis, go to Degree Map.

Certificate Requirements

Students must be admitted to the college.

Students must have completed credit in college-level courses OR have ACT minimum subscores: Reading 19, English 18, Math 19 OR equivalent placement test scores OR have successfully completed all learning support competencies (if applicable).

Students in the Professional Medical Coding Certificate must earn a C or better in all classes in the Professional Medical Coding Certificate curriculum.  

Students that intend to sit for the CPC exam must inform their HIM advisor of their intention to focus their PPII  (HIMT 2208) on CPC preparation.  Students must inform their advisor of this information the semester before registering for this course.  Additional course materials will be required. 

Note:  This is not a certificate that can be completed in a year


Total Hours: 33

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