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Certificate in Healthcare Coding

Program Details

The online Certificate in Health Care Coding is designed for students who want to be employed as medical coders and possibly work on their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees later.  Courses focus on industry standards like ICD and CPT coding and third-party reimbursement as students learn how to assign and apply the appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes based on medical record documentation which are then used in healthcare databases and in claims to be paid by insurance carriers.  Graduates are prepared to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate exam.

Requirements

  • If under the age of 24 you must meet one of the following requirements: ACT composite score (18 or above), or SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading (sub-score of 870 or above); cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent); rank in the upper 60% of your high school graduating class; complete the GED with a combined score of a minimum of 2250 and a minimum of 410 on each test.
  • If 24 years old or older, you must have graduated from high school, completed the GED with a combined score of a minimum of 2250 and a minimum of 410 on each test, or met state requirements for the high school equivalency certificate.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission