Medical Coding Specialist, Level 2 Certificate

Program Information

Medical coding professionals review health record documentation and convert medical diagnoses, procedures, services and equipment into medical codes that are required for billing and reimbursement.  

The Certificate of Technology in Medical Coding is designed to teach all aspects of medical coding. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to apply to take the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examinations, administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as well as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination, administered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).  

Opportunities

Program graduates are qualified for entry-level medical coding specialist positions in all health care settings such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, and clinics.   

Earning Potential

National average salary by credential:

  Certified Coding Associate (CCA) average salary: $45,5001

  Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) average salary:  $60,1601

National average salary by job level:

  Coding Professional:  $54,7301 

For more information, students may email HealthInformationManagement@sjcd.edu or call 281-459-7608.

Campus

North Campus

The Medical Coding Specialist program includes one clinical (practicum) course. Clinicals are unpaid experiences in which students are supervised by a coding professional at the health care facility. Clinicals are scheduled during the day shift according to the availability of the site supervisor. The Program cannot guarantee a specific site, but every effort will be made to accommodate the student. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the clinical site. A criminal background check is required of all program students and must be submitted prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella, completion of the Hepatitis B series, and an annual Tuberculosis screening are also required prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Drug screening may be required by the clinical site.  

Plan of Study

North Campus
5HITT-MDC

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
ITSC 1309
Integrated Software Applications I
or Business Computer Applications
3
BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) (or BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 and BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102) 4
 Credits13
Second Term
HITT 2371 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
 Credits15
Summer Year One Term
HITT 2245 Coding Certification Exam Review 2
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1360 Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 3
 Credits8
 Total Credits36

External Learning Experience: HITT 1360 Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

National Certification Exam: Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC).

Note: Students must pass each HITT course listed in the medical coding specialist level 2 certificate of technology plan with a grade of C to be eligible to receive the certificate.