2015-16 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    
    Jun 24, 2022  
2015-16 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIM: Health Records Coding Career Studies Certificate


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Career Studies Certificate
221-152-06

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 of American Academy of Professional Coder.

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 on the placement test will be required to take developmental courses.

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

First Year


Second Year


Total Minimum Credits for Degree: 28


1 Must be taken in the final term of the program or with instructor’s permission.

* This course has a requisite. Requisites for all courses are listed in the course description section at the back of the catalog.

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