Entry Level Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (Certified Coding Associate) make an average of $36,000 a year.
Program Start Term: Any Semester
Average Class Size: 25
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Course Availability: Defined Rotation
Program Location: Online
Career Information This certificate program prepares you for an entry-level position as a coder in an acute care hospital, ambulatory care, physician office, long-term care and other health care settings. Medical Coding is a growing career field: According to Indeed.com, the average hourly rate for medical coders is $17, which equates to about $35,000 per year for a full-time employee. Medical coders will continue to be in high demand through the industry transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and beyond.
What Will I Learn Students who earn the Medical Coding Certificate are eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). You are a valuable member of the health information technology (HIT) team, who ensures valid codes to medical diagnoses and procedures to facilitate reimbursement, analysis of patient outcomes, and research. The program provides you with a working knowledge of the six domains you will be tested on, through the Certified Coding Associate Exam:
Our Experienced FacultyAll our faculty have years of industry experience and are AHIMA member and many are AHIMA certified.
AccreditationThe Medical Coding Certificate Program at Pueblo Community College is accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA can be reached at www.ahima.org or at 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, 312-233-1100
Pueblo Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; 30 North LaSalle St, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-263-1456
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The Medical Coding program can largely be completed on your schedule, with flexible hours by doing fully online courses. You'll learn on the latest industry-standard technology and software using the affiliated online computer labs, featuring encoders and electronic medical records.