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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Medical Coding Specialist (Diploma)


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Diploma

Program Description

The Medical Coding Specialist Diploma prepares students to fulfill the demands of the medical coding profession. The program affords students the opportunity to become proficient in skills needed to perform Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), as well as International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10 CM) medical coding functions. The program includes support courses, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Transcription, Financial Management, and Medical Terminology. Current concepts in managed care, ethics, and health care law provide the student with a knowledge base from which to practice.

It is highly recommended that students obtain the following clearances upon admission to the program, as it is a standard requirement of most internship sites.

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Record
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Fingerprint Clearance

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply and take the CPC National Certification Exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders.

This program falls under the federal guidelines of Gainful Employment programming. For important information regarding program costs, debt, and potential earnings, please click here.   

Career Opportunities

  • Coding Specialist
  • Billing Coordinator
  • Health Information Management Coder
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Health Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Transcriptionist
  • Reimbursement Specialist

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize current ICD-10-CM and CPT coding and reporting in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Discuss the purposes of diagnostic and procedural coding for professional services.
  3. Correlate medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology concepts with the coding process. 
  4. Identify organizational principles of the Health Information Department.
  5. Demonstrate computer literacy and basic knowledge of software applications.
  6. Apply ethical-legal aspects while performing medical coding activities.
  7. Develop interpersonal and team participation skills.

Obtaining the Diploma

To earn the diploma, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Students must earn a "C" or higher in all HSC courses in order to graduate from the program.  Students will not be permitted to advance into a higher level course in the program if they have not earned a "C" or higher in the prerequisite course.  The content of this program builds upon the fundamentals covered in early courses; therefore, it is imperative that students take the classes in sequence and achieve an understanding of the content ("C" or better) to progress in the program. If a student does not achieve a "C" or better in an HSC course, the student will need to repeat the course before moving forward.  This may extend the time it takes for completion.
  • Satisfactorily complete all program requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

General Education Requirements


Credit hours: 3


Credit hours: 33


Recommended Sequence of Courses


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