Your Medical Coding Certification
Peirce’s Medical Coding Certificate readies you to perform essential, behind-the-scenes work supporting patient care. It’s an important part of the medical records and health information technicians field that’s expected to grow by over 21 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But medical coding isn't just growing -- it's also changing. Our forward-thinking curriculum gives students the knowledge they need to excel in tomorrow's job market. By enrolling today, you'll be preparing yourself for the government's October transition away from the ICD-9 coding system and towards the ICD-10 coding system. Medical employers will need coders with an understanding of this new standard, and Peirce's ICD-10 classes will ready you to play an important role in the changing job market.
You'll also study practical healthcare topics during our Medical Coding Certification program: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and health information and delivery systems. Plus, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam – an important first step for many careers. And because you can earn your certificate online, here at our Philadelphia campus or through both methods, the program is flexible enough to work with your busy schedule.
A medical coding certificate gives you the hands-on experience you need to dive into a new career or continue to study toward an Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology. For students who already possess some healthcare education, attaining a certificate will allow you to "stack" your credentials. Stackable credentials give you the opportunity to work toward your career goals at a pace you're most comfortable with and better position yourself to launch or advance a successful career.
Take your first step toward a rewarding and fulfilling career by getting your Medical Coding Certification from Peirce. Apply today or call 888.467.3472, ext. 9000 for more information.
For course requirements and prerequisite information, refer to the individual course descriptions in the College Catalog.
|PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:||Min. Credits|
|PRC||PRC 100 or PRC 101*||1|
|BIS 111||Application Software Fundamentals||3|
|SCI 240||Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|SCI 250||Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|HIT 100||Medical Terminology||3|
|HIT 101||Introduction to Health Information Technology||3|
|HIT 215||Legal Issues in Health Information Management||3|
|HIT 218||Healthcare Reimbursement||3|
|HIT 220||ICD 9/10 CM Coding||3|
|HIT 221||Advanced ICD-10 Coding||3|
|HIT 225||CPT Outpatient Coding||3|
|HIT 226||Advanced CPT Coding||3|
|HIT 297||HIT Professional Practice Workshop (Required for students who enroll in the off campus section of HIT 296)||0|
|HIT 296||Professional Practice Experience||3|
Graduates of the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam. Current exam eligibility and exam specifications are available at http://www.ahima.org/certification/CCS.
Faculty members teaching courses in the CMC program are comprised of full-time Healthcare faculty who can be found here.
Careers in Medical Coding
Our Certificate in Medical Coding is great start for your career. Peirce graduates hold positions as hospital facilities staff, medical assistants and insurance and claims specialists.
Graduates can continue their education toward our Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology or Peirce’s Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Administration. Many students join industry-specific organizations to support their continued education, like The American Health Information Management Association, The American Academy of Professional Coders and The Health Programs Student Association.
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“Successful students in the Certificate in Medical Coding program develop excellent written and verbal communication skills, are able to work independently with accuracy and are committed to lifelong learning. Our medical coders are detail-oriented, resourceful and focused.”Stephanie A. Donovan
Faculty Chair, Health Programs Interested in a Certificate in Medical Coding? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application. You can also apply using our online application.