2022-23 Virginia Western Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Aug 08, 2022  
2022-23 Virginia Western Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

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 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* .

Prerequisites Requirements: Students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level English will be required to select appropriate EDE 10  or ENG 111 /EDE 11*  coursework in consultation with an advisor.

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