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Coding Specialist (CS) Program (XHIM-510) Information

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Medical Coders read patient charts, electronic health records, and physician notes, and assign the proper codes to medical procedures and diagnoses for billing the insurance company. Coders must have excellent knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and patho-pharmacology, which is part 1 of the program.
  • The medical coder is responsible for translating medical information into a coded form. Codes number in the thousands and change annually.
  • Coders must understand the Health Insurance industry including Medicare and Medicaid as well as electronic health records software.
  •  There are many rules for accurate coding and it takes a great deal of practice, research, and expertise to master, similar to a foreign language.
  • To decide if medical coding is right for you look up videos from coding experts online, such as this one before you decide if this intense program is right for you;  http://youtu.be/qlXKdUV_eRE  this video is a must-see!
Is this intense online program right for you? Consider the following:
  • Do you enjoy reading and researching complex medical procedures, insurance, and health records?
  • Can you learn a uniform language that describes medical services to communicate with providers, patients, and insurance companies?
  • Are you detail-oriented, curious, and enjoy searching guideline rules?
  • Can you play an active role in your online education and work daily on solving puzzling medical and insurance information?
This online program is 12 months, it is intense and courses must be taken in the order that is listed. When one course ends the next course starts within 2 days. The schedule is tightly scheduled to reduce the program length of time.
  • Students must have daily access to a computer with high-speed internet access, a webcam, a microphone, Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. Using a mobile device (phone) to complete the program is not recommended or reliable.
  • SC residents can apply for the State Scholarship which pays for the tuition, students must purchase books. See this link: https://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/funding/workforce-pathways-scholarship.htm 
The Coding Specialist program starts 2 times per year, Spring (Jan) and Fall (Aug). 
  • The curriculum teaches toward two national certifications:
    • the AAPC credential CPC (Certified Professional Coder) www.aapc.com
    • the AHIMA credential CCA or CCS (Certified Coding Associate or Certified Coding Specialist) www.ahima.org
If you are a coder working in medical billing or coding and only need a few courses you may enroll in just the courses you need. You may register for any course online. Contact the Program Manager for consultation or for more information: judy.martin@tridenttech.edu. To register contact Workforce Registration, at ce.reg@tridenttech.edu 

Program requirements: Contact the Registration office at ce.reg@tridenttech.edu  
  1. Students must be at least 18 years old and a high school or GED graduate. 
  2. Students must have regular access to a computer with high-speed internet access, a webcam, a microphone, Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. Using a mobile device to complete the program is not recommended.
  3. Students must take the Accuplacer test with results of 240 in each of these subjects: Reading, Writing and Math tests in order to enroll in the program.  Schedule your free Accuplacer test here: https://www.tridenttech.edu/student/resources/testing/index.htm 
    • Students that are college graduates, or have taken English and Math can be exempt from this by sending a copy of their college transcripts, ce.reg@tridenttech.edu.  
Students who successfully complete this program are also eligible to continue their education with TTC and complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management and the core coding courses will be waived.

Course Materials:
  1. Students will need to purchase a 12-month digital access code from Cengage Unlimited for online e-textbooks and resources, approximately $180 in Part 1 of the program.
  2. Students must have current year coding manuals, required for Part 2 of the program, approximately $450. See below about online books, see the TTC Bookstore, bldg 950, for current coding manuals.
Cengage Unlimited is a digital subscription service designed to save students money. With a Cengage Unlimited subscription, you will have access to the Cengage online materials you’ll be using across 50% of your courses. When you activate your online course in the D2L learning platform, you can rent a free hardcopy textbook for just $7.99, the shipping fee. Print rentals can be redeemed only within Cengage Unlimited at the start of each class and are shipped directly to students.

Students starting this program in August 2022 will follow this schedule of courses:
Part 1
  • XCPT-501  8/15 - 8/19/22
  • XAHS 522  8/22 - 10/07/22, online ebook for 8 courses $180
  • XAHS 523  8/22 - 10/07/22
  • XHIM 514  10/10-11/25/22
Part 2
  • XHIM 502  11/28 - 1/27/23, current coding manual $111
  • XHIM 503  1/30 - 3/17/23, current coding manual $111
  • XHIM 509  3/20 - 5/5/23, current coding manuals $262
  • XHIM 508  5/8 - 6/23/23
  • XHIM 510  6/26 - 8/4/23
Students starting this program in January 2022 will follow this schedule:
  • XCPT-501 1/18-1/23/22  DONE
  • XAHS-522 1/24-3/11/22*   *Courses 2 and 3 run together at the same time & must be taken together.
  • XAHS-523 1/24-3/11/22*
  • XHIM-514 3/14-4/29/22
  • XHIM-502 5/2-6/17/22
  • XHIM-503 6/20-8/5/22
  • XHIM-509 8/8-9/23/22
  • XHIM-508 9/26-11/11/22
  • XHIM-510 11/14-1/13/23

 

Certificate Details


Public Registration is not available for this Certificate; Please contact Judy Martin at 843-574-6366 to register.

Classes offered: 9

Classes required for completion: 9

Mandatory Classes: 9

Classes in this Certificate must be taken in a specific order.

Price:  $2,647.00

 

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