Medical Coding Certificate

Medical Coding Certificate at Harper College

Start your career as a medical coder 

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  • Credit hours: 19
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Employment outcome: Medical Coder

Gain a comprehensive understanding of medical coding and terminology with this 19-credit-hour certificate program, which will prepare you to launch a career as a medical coder in a hospital and/or other physician-based setting.

You’ll develop working knowledge of the International Classification of Disease (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). Clinical coding systems assign a distinct numeric value to medical diagnosis, procedures, and surgery. These coding systems serve an important function for physician reimbursement, hospital payments, quality review, benchmarking measurement and the collection of general medical statistical data.

Certificate program requirements

This 19 credit-hour certificate program prepares the student to gain a comprehensive working knowledge of the International Classification of Disease (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). Clinical coding systems assign a distinct numeric value to medical diagnosis, procedures and surgery. These coding systems serve an important function for physician reimbursement, hospital payments, quality review, benchmarking measurement and the collection of general medical statistical data. This program would prepare a student to work in a hospital and/or a physician-based setting as a coder. After completing this coding certificate program, students would be eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and/or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based) (CCS-P) exam. Please visit www.ahima.org for more information regarding the various coding certifications.

Students electing to earn a certificate in coding are eligible to apply credits earned toward completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology.

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits
BIO 135 4

Description: Surveys the human body, with emphasis on basic physical and chemical concepts, anatomy, physiology and embryology. Designed to meet the needs of students in certain allied health career programs. Knowledge of high school biology is assumed. (NOTE: Not Lab science credit.)

BIO 136 3

Description: Surveys the nature of human disease with emphasis on the functional disturbances within the body systems. Designed to meet the needs of students in certain allied health career programs. Knowledge of high school biology assumed. (NOTE: Not Lab science credit.)

HSC 112 2

Description: Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

HSC 165 1

Description: Examines the mechanism of action of the major medication groups as they relate to the physiology and pathology of disease. Identifies examples in each major pharmacological category in order to understand pharmacological activity within each group. Addresses areas of drug action, clinical application, and adverse events for each medication discussed. Considers needs of patients undergoing drug therapy and the role of the allied health provider.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 135, BIO 160 or HSC 112 with a grade of C or better.

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits
HIT 196 3

Description: Examines and interprets health record documentation, conventions and guidelines for the Health Care Procedure Coding System (HCPSC). HCPSC Level I (Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Level II (National Codes) are utilized to represent procedures provided in the ambulatory care setting and services rendered by providers across all healthcare settings. Emphasis is on the six sections of the CPT Coding Manual. Basic and intermediate coding scenarios are analyzed and interpreted in compliance with official guidelines and ethical coding practices. Reimbursement considerations are explored.

Prerequisite: BIO 135 or (BIO 160 and BIO 161), BIO 136, HSC 112 and HSC 165 with grades of C or better.

HIT 197 3

Description: Examines and interprets health record documentation, conventions and guidelines for the current International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in use in the United States. ICD codes capture information related to diagnoses documented in all healthcare settings and procedures provided in the inpatient setting. ICD codes are utilized for statistical purposes, quality reporting, and reimbursement. Basic and intermediate coding scenarios are analyzed and interpreted in compliance with official guidelines and ethical coding practices. Reimbursement considerations are explored.

Prerequisite: BIO 135 or (BIO 160 and BIO 161), BIO 136, HSC 112 and HSC 165 with grades of C or better.

HIT 199 3

Description: Explores the complex processes involved in reimbursement of healthcare services. Examines voluntary healthcare insurance plans, government-sponsored healthcare programs, managed care plans, and prospective payment systems. Outlines the characteristics of value-based purchasing and pay-for-performance systems. Emphasizes the importance of revenue cycle management on the financial viability of healthcare organizations. (formerly HIT 215)

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HIT 196 and HIT 197 with grades of C or better.

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For more information about medical coding courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.