Raritan Valley Community College offers the online Health Information Technology - Medical Coding Certificate. This certificate is designed for students looking to acquire the skills to function as an entry-level medical coder. Students will learn to determine appropriate medical codes, process coding information and maximize medical reimbursement. They also learn ethical and legal considerations, including confidentiality, and insurance fraud and abuse. With these skills, graduates are eligible to be employed in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, and state health departments.
This program can be completed entirely online within one calendar year. Graduates of the program are able to select proper coding choices and maintain effective office management practices within medical office practice environments. Graduates also understand billing procedures and guidelines related to health insurance, claims processing, and third-party reimbursement.
The program prepares students to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification exam to become a Certified Coding Associate. Students completing the certificate program can also easily continue on to complete the RVCC Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology, since the majority of the certificate courses are also included in the Associate degree.
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