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Health Information Coding

CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE


The Certificate Applied Science (CAS) Health Information Coding will provide students the opportunity to learn all aspects of medical coding. Students will start their curriculum with basic computer, communications and writing courses designed specifically for workplace needs.   Students will then move into introductions to medical terminology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology and beginning coding.  The final semester they will learn the specifics of medical coding take a second biology course and have an introduction to the legal aspects in coding.  This CAS will provide students the ability to code and work in a variety of health care settings: hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, long-term care, insurance companies, consulting firms and software vendors. They will often work on the administrative team of a health facility. This program closely follows the standards set forth by the American Health Information Management Associations (AHIMA) certification program. Upon completion of the required 35 hours of course work, students are eligible to take the certifying examination offered through the AHIMA. This industry specific certification demonstrates to the employer that this student has a particular aptitude in coding. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites medical records and health information technicians as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US. New health information graduates with a CAS degree jump right in and earn $21,000 to $30,000 annually.

Summer Semester
Course -- Title   Credits
CAPP 120--Introduction to Computers (include MS Office) 3
COMX 120--Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace 1
WRIT 104--Workplace Communications 2
6
Fall Semester
Course -- Title   Credits
AHMS 144--Medical Terminology 3
AH 140 --Pharmacology 2
BIOH 112--Human Form and Function I 3
AHMS 160--Beginning Procedural Coding 3
AHMS 162--Beginning Diagnostic Coding 3
14
Spring Semester
Course -- Title   Credits
BIOH 113--Human Form and Function II 3
AHMS 250--Advanced Medical Coding 3
AHMS 156--Medical Billing Fundamentals 4
AHMS 158--Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare 2
AHMS 108--Health Data Content and Structure 3
AHSM 298--Professional Practice Experience 1
  16

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 30      with prerequisites: 36


 

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