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Healthcare Coding Specialist - CERT

This program prepares students for coding positions in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, insurance companies and other settings where diagnostic and procedural data are coded in ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT for reimbursement purposes. Courses leading to this certificate are offered on campus and online. Most credits in this program are fully applicable to the Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree.

Careers

Each time a patient sees a health care practitioner, the health care practitioner records information, including observations, medical test results, the diagnosis and any plans for treatment. Coding Specialists organize and evaluate these records for completeness and accuracy. Specialists are responsible for ensuring that all the necessary information is included in patient records, whether paper or computer. Sometimes, they speak with physicians to clarify a diagnosis or to gather additional information. Specialists assign codes to each diagnosis and procedure by consulting classification manuals as well as using their knowledge of disease processes. These codes ultimately determine the payment that health care organizations receive from insurance programs and Medicare. Duties may vary as some Coding Specialists act as auditors to check for accuracy of coding performed by others.

Accreditation

Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Contact Details

Allied Health
chastaind@hutchcc.edu
620-728-8100
1-888-GO-HUTCH ext. 8100

Program Details

  • Admission

    Selection Criteria

    In order to promote student success in the Health Information Management program and in the health record profession, it is necessary to establish criteria to assist in the selection of students.

    1.  High school graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the final six semesters of high school, or minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for a minimum of 12 semester hours of college, or minimum GED average standard score of 58.

    2. Student will need to have access to the internet and a computer or similar device.

    Admission procedure:

    1. Submission of application to HCC and required transcripts from high school and colleges previously attended.
    2. Submission of application to the health information technology program. The application form should be received by the program director before the semester in which the student plans to begin the program.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the documentation is complete.

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