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    Medical Coding Director
    Ginny Sullivan

  • Did You Know?

    Entry Level Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (Certified Coding Associate) make an average of $36,000 a year.

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  • 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:

    • Patient clinical record content, both inpatient and outpatient
    • Physiological changes and altered functions in the human body resulting from disease processes
    • ICD, CPT/HCPCS diagnostic and procedural coding systems, and common coding errors
    • Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs), components of fee setting, optimizing reimbursement based on insurance specifications
    • Basic pharmacological terminology and concepts, drug categories and their uses, mechanisms of drug action, dosage forms and routes of administration
    • Data quality impact and characteristics, including validity, reliability, completeness, legibility, currency, timeliness and accessibility
    • Encoders and groupers, their benefits and limitations
    • Computer applications, healthcare software and topics related to computers in health care
    • Electronic health records: implementation and management


    Our Experienced Faculty
    All our faculty have years of industry experience and are AHIMA member and many are AHIMA certified.

    The 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