The Coding Specialist Program prepares you for a career as a medical coder. Coders classify diagnoses and procedures into ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and HCPCS Level II codes used for reimbursement, data quality and medical research.

Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedule

Coding Specialist (Certificate)

Coders work in physicians’ offices, billing companies, insurance companies, ambulatory care centers and hospitals. Moraine Valley’s 41-credit-hour Coding Specialist Program can prepare you to become a medical coding specialist. You will gain a working knowledge of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and Health care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS Level II) classification systems, as well as basic health information management, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, insurance reimbursement and computer applications skills.

Upon completion of the Coding Specialist Program, you will have the skills needed for entry-level coding positions and be eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. After some years of coding experience, graduates 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.

If you decide to continue your education, all coding courses apply toward Moraine Valley’s Health Information Technology (A.A.S.).

Nature of Work

Coders are employed in clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, insurance companies, hospitals and other settings where diagnostic and procedural data are reported in ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II coded format for reimbursement purposes.

Job Related Titles

Coder, biller, patient accounts representative, reimbursement specialist.

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.

Value for Students
The AHIMA Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:
a. Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
b. Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
c. Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
d. 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