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    Program Coordinator
    Marianne Horvath

  • Did You Know?

    PCC programs, staff, and students are affiliated with AHIMA, the premier national association of health information management (HIM) professionals, the leading source of “HIM knowledge”.

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  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Every Semester

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 25

    Program Length: 4 Semesters (Full-Time)

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Online

    Program Locations: Online - Administration based in Pueblo

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  • Career Information

    The Medical Coding student has the option of completing the HIT Medical Coding Certificate, and test for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam.  This will make the student immediately employable for an entry-level position as a certified coder in an acute care hospital, ambulatory, long-term or skilled care nursing facility, physician office, insurance company, and any other setting using medical coding.

    Pueblo Community College completed a very stringent process through the American Health Information Management Association to be identified with the AHIMA Professional Certificate Program Approval (PCAP).  Per AHIMA: 

    PCAP Approved‘The approval designation assures healthcare providers that certificate holders of the Pueblo Community College Medical Coding Certificate program possess the necessary job skills to attain success in entry level coding positions. Students are guided through a comprehensive coding curriculum providing them with more than 265 contact hours of instruction in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding and CPT coding and reimbursement methodologies.’

    The medical coding professional may want to further their HIT Education, and we additionally offer a pathway to an HIT AAS Degree with Medical Coding Emphasis.  Continued studies will contribute to advancement and further certification opportunities in this field.    

    Specialization is growing in all areas of coding and coding management, and allows the coding professional to narrow or broaden their scope of practice, through new and innovative roles within the healthcare field (i.e. clinical data specialist, medical records reviewer, medical records field technician, remote medical coder, reimbursement specialist, various registries, coding auditor, etc.) 

    An Internship is an essential part of the educational process, for the certificate or degree, allowing the student an opportunity for hands on experience in the workplace.

    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). As a valuable member of the health information technology (HIT) team, certified coders work to apply proper coding of medical diagnoses and procedures, facilitate reimbursement, and contribute to the analysis of patient outcomes and other research projects. The program provides you with a working knowledge of the six domains applicable to 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

    The PCC Health Information Technology faculty is certified and has many years’ experience in various segments of the industry.  Faculty knowledge and skills are frequently updated through continuing education and participation in industry associations.

    Our Cutting Edge Facilities
    Students are provided hands-on learning experiences in sophisticated learning labs, simulating real-world situations, technology, and software programs.  Training resources with applications and teaching in the latest technologies are accessed through memberships in national and international professional associations.

    The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    Student Outcomes

      AY15 AY16 AT17 AY18AY19
     ENROLLMENT 119 135 128 133 131
     COMPLETERS 18 28 31 37 38
     COMPLETION RATE 15% 21% 24% 28% 29%
     ENROLLMENT INTENSITY 49% 48% 47% 46% 48%


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