Medical Coding Certificate

Cheryl Kuck, MS, Coordinator
Phone: (419) 995-8256
Office: 102J Tech Edu Lab

Medical Assisting Major

Medical Coding Certificate

Medical coders read a patient's medical chart and analyze it, determining the patient's diagnoses and any procedures performed. Those diagnoses and procedures are then assigned specific numeric or alphanumeric codes within various classification systems and used for insurance reimbursement purposes.  In other words, a medical coder translates the documents in a patient's chart into codes. Coders are an invaluable part of the healthcare team that helps facilitate income into the medical office. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders is expected to increase 11-16 percent from now through the year 2028.

The Medical Coding Certificate at Rhodes State College serves as a gateway to the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) national certification examination.  Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student is eligible to take the AAPC's national certification examination, the Certified Professional Coder (CPC).  An experiential pathway is available in lieu of some coursework for those students who can demonstrate previous healthcare experience and knowledge.

Successful completion of the certification exam results in the student becoming a Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A). When the student can document two years of employment as a professional coder, the student will become a CPC.  CPCs are employed in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, physician's offices, clinics, insurance companies, ambulatory care centers, home health agencies, and working remotely from home.

To be eligible for the Medical Coding Certificate, a student must have received a grade of "C" or better for each course required for the certificate and completed all courses within four (4) years of applying for the certificate, or at the discretion of the Chair.

Technical Standards

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BHS 1160Medical Law-Ethics Healthcare2
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II4
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
BHS 1380Introduction to Medical Terminology2
BHS 1390Medical Terminology2
MAT 2410Medical Office Coding4
MAT 2420Medical Coding - Advanced2
AOT 1060Keyboarding Accuracy and Speed2
Total Hours25

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No accreditation necessary.