Certified Coding Specialist

Program Description:

The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) serves as a qualified technician in analyzing and classifying medical data.  Using universally recognized coding systems (ICD-9-CM and CPT-4), the CCS assigns codes to diagnoses, injuries and procedures found in the records of patients.  The codes are then reported to insurance companies or government agencies for payment/reimbursement of patients’ health expenses, medical statistics and research.

This program will enable the student to become familiar with the coding systems, medical terminology and medical background of anatomy and diseases which will give the student a basis on which to build.  Students will also have the opportunity to complete a directed practice of 120 hours in a healthcare setting.  This course will prepare students to sit for the CCS exam administered by the American Health Information Association.  Please refer to their website at www.ahima.org for further qualifications for taking the national certification test for the CCS.

REQUIRED COURSES for the Academic Year 2014-2015
(Suggested Sequence)

Course Course Title Hours
AH 151 Medical Terminology1 (EDGE) 3
BIOL 258 Principles of Antomy & Physiology 4
ENL 111 Written Communication2 3
HIT 205 ICD-10-CM Diasgnostic Coding3 4
AH 205 Principles of Disease3 4
HIT 207 ICD-10-PCS Procedural Coding 3
HIT 209 CPT-Procedural Coding 3
  Mathematics Elective4 3
HIT 215 Directed Practice II5 2
HIT 220 Coding for CCS Exam6 3

1   AH 151 has a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
2   ENL 111 has a prerequisite of ENL 95, or placement in 100-level English,
     and REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
3   AH 205 has a prerequisite of BIOL 258.
4  Choose from any 100-level mathematics course.
5  HIT 215 has a prerequisite of HIT 203, HIT 204, and HIT 214, and admission
    to Certified Coding Specialist Program.
6  HIT 220 has a prerequisite of all HIT coursework prior to taking this capstone.

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