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College of Health Sciences

Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Medical Coder


Program Leadership Information

Sheila Newberry,, Program Director, HEC, (727) 341-3623

Program Summary

The Medical Coder Certificate is designed to provide a student with the skills necessary to transform medical diagnoses, procedures and injuries into designated numerical codes. There are many demands for accurately coded data from the medical records in hospitals, physician offices, as well as other healthcare institutions. Codes are provided on claim forms and on numerous medical record abstracts so third party payors and outside agencies may utilize this information. Coded data are also used internally by institutions for quality assurance activities, case-mix management and other administrative and research activities. A medical coder is an individual who analyzes medical records and assigns codes to classify diagnoses and procedures to support the reimbursement system, to support assessment of clinical care and to support medical research activity.

A medical record coder must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as clinical knowledge including extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical disease process.

A coder must adhere to ethical principles relating to quality, truth, and accuracy in work performance and productivity. The suggested courses are in agreement with guidelines set forth by the American Health Information Management Association.

These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Health Information Management.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Coding Abstracting Analyst
  • Inpatient Hospital Coder
  • Insurance Claim Analyst
  • Managed Care Organization Coder
  • Outpatient Coder
  • Physician's Office/Clinic Coder
  • Procedural Coder
  • Reimbursement Specialist

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

Before entering the first term of the Medical Coder "program courses," students must complete 9 credits which must include CGS 1100, HSC 1531, and BSC 1084 or (BSC 2085/2085L and BSC 2086/2086L) from the Support Courses listed below. These courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

Graduation Rules

In order to enroll in any program course with a prerequisite, a grade of "C" or better must have been earned in all prerequisite courses. Students must earn grades of "C" or better in all courses required for the Medical Coder CT curriculum in order to graduate from the program.

New graduates from the Medical Coder Certificate program are advised to gain coding experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings before taking the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination, Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination and/or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Support Courses

Computer Applications
Medical Terminology I
Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology *

1st Term in Program

Introduction to Health Information Management
Standard Healthcare Practices
Principles of Disease
Pharmacology for HIM Professionals
Basic ICD Coding

2nd Term in Program

Professional Practice Experience I
Health Law Concepts and Practices
Electronic Health/Medical Record Systems
ICD-CM Coding
Credentialing Exam Review

3rd Term in Program

Introduction to Coding and Reimbursement Systems
Basic CPT Coding
ICD-PCS Coding
Professional Practice Experience II

* BSC 2085/BSC 2085L and BSC 2086/BSC 2086L together can fulfill the BSC 1084C course requirement.

Total Credits