2018-19 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2018-19 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Records Coding Career Studies Certificate

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Career Studies Certificate

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide the technical knowledge and practical experience needed for employment as a health records coding technician.

Health Records Coding technicians analyze and interpret a patient’s record to determine the proper standardized code that represents the patient’s diagnosis and treatment which is used mainly for billing purposes.

Program Objectives: Coding professionals have many employment opportunities which include diagnostic outpatient coding in a medical facility, positions in physicians’ offices, and inpatient coding positions.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certifying examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association or the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.  

Program Notes: Students are strongly encouraged to sit for the CPC exam after completing HIM 254 .

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English will be required to take developmental courses.

It is strongly recommended that developmental education requirements be completed as soon as possible.

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