Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding "Completion"

Health Information Technology

Complete Required, 100-Level HIT Courses in One Semester

This program is for students who need HIT196, HIT197, and/or HIT199 courses only. All other prerequisite courses must have been completed. Students take classes one or two nights per week depending on the number of courses needed.

At Harper, the Health Information Technology (HIT) program integrates biological sciences, medical record coding systems, computer technology and healthcare management.

Industry Certification

Students who take these HIT courses to complete the HIT Medical Coding Certificate program will be prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. This national exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  The CCA credential reflects an individual’s medical coding competency across all healthcare settings, including hospitals and physician practices.  

Fast Track HIT Medical Coding Certificate students have the additional benefit of a complimentary, focused CCA Exam Review course. The non-credit course includes supplemental study aids and CCA mock exams and serves as a valuable supplement to a candidate's overall exam preparation plan. Students pay only for course materials and not for course tuition.

Benefits of this Fast Track Completion Program

  • Enjoy a consistent schedule.
  • Prepare for and take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam for an additional industry credential.
  • Earn college credit that can be applied toward an accredited HIT Medical Coding Certificate and/or an associate's degree.
  • Get support from academic counselors throughout the program.
  • Interact and share experiences with fellow students as part of a cohort.
  • Learn from established industry professionals with HIT expertise.

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze clinical documentation for coding, billing, reporting and regulatory compliance
  • Clarify missing or conflicting documentation through physician query
  • Perform accurate and ethical coding for all healthcare settings
  • Utilize encoding and grouping software
  • Validate the accuracy of diagnostic/procedural codes and groupings
  • Reconcile coding/billing edits
  • Evaluate and respond to claim denials
  • Ensure patient confidentiality and comply with privacy and security safeguards

Space is limited for the August 7, 2018 program start.

HIT Medical Coding Completion Program Courses

Classes held at the main Palatine Campus

Your actual schedule may be different.
Orientation Session Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.
Semester 1 Course Credits Course Name
  HIT 196  3 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  HIT 197  3  International Classification of Disease (ICD)
  HIT 199  3 Health Care Reimbursement
  Exam Review   0 Review and Preparation for Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam

A grade of C or better in all courses, excluding the CCA Exam Review, is required for all students who plan to earn the HIT Medical Coding Completion.

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