Prepare for a career as a medical coder. Learn how to classify medical diagnoses and procedures into ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS Level II) classifications that are used for insurance reimbursement, data quality and medical research.

Moraine Valley's program also covers basic health information management, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, insurance reimbursement and computer applications skills.

All of the courses you take for the Coding Specialist certificate can be applied toward Moraine Valley's Health Information Technology A.A.S. degree.

What Can I Do With This Certificate?

Coders work in physicians' offices, billing companies, insurance companies, ambulatory care centers and hospitals managing health information data. After completing Moraine Valley's program, you can pursue a career that requires you to ensure patient records are accurate, accessible and secure. Job options include coder, biller, patient accounts representative, and reimbursement specialist.

You will have the skills needed for entry-level coding positions and be eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. After working as a coding specialist for awhile, you may choose to take the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-Based (CCS-P) exam or the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam given by the American Health Information Management Association.

Job Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Approval

pcapThe Moraine Valley Coding Specialist Program is approved by the AHIMA Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program. This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions, health care organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program.

The AHIMA Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:

  • Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
  • Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
  • Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
  • Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession

Program approval timeframe is from Dec. 17, 2015 to Feb. 28, 2019

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Coding SpecialistCertificate1431Health Sciences

D632CAM089

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