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  • Did You Know?

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

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Any Semester

    Award: Certificate

    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:

    Domain 1

    • Basic anatomy and physiology, including medical terminology, physiological changes and altered functions resulting from disease processes
    • Basic pharmacological terminology and concepts, drug categories and their uses, mechanisms of drug action, dosage forms and routes of administration
    • ICD, CPT/HCPCS diagnostic and procedural coding systems, and common coding errors

    Domain 2

    • Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs), components of fee setting, optimizing reimbursement based on insurance specifications

    Domain 3

    • Patient clinical record content, both inpatient and outpatient; data abstraction; patient information retrieval from master index; generation of data for analysis 

    Domain 4

    • Data quality impact and characteristics, including validity, reliability, completeness, legibility, currency, timeliness, and accessibility

    Domain 5

    • Encoder and groupers, their benefits and limitations
    • Electronic health records: implementation, navigation, and management
    • Computer applications, healthcare software including practice management and HIM systems

    Domain 6

    • Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security of patient records, including recognition/reporting privacy issues and violations; and retention and destruction policies and procedures for health care records


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

    The Pueblo Community College Medical Coding Certificate Program is approved as a comprehensive coding program by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Professional Certificate Approval Program.

    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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    Medical Coding Certificate