The American Health Information Management Association (AHiMA) Foundation has awarded Moraine Valley Community College’s coding certificate program with its seal of approval becoming the second program in Illinois to earn the recognition.

“On behalf of the Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) Council, I am pleased to inform you that you may now use the PCAP logo to promote your program as being approved,” stated Desla Mancilla of the Foundation in a letter to Donna Schnepp, director of Health Information Technology Program at the college.

“Gaining approval validates the content, sequence, quality, and integrity of our coding program. Faculty are confident we are teaching our students the most current competencies in coding education and equipping them to achieve their career goals,” Schnepp said.

The approval designation also assures health care providers that certificate holders in the college’s coding program possess the necessary job skills to attain success in entry level coding positions. Students are guided through a comprehensive coding curriculum providing them with 41 credit hours of instruction.

“The PCAP approval identifies coding education programs, which have been evaluated by a peer review process against national minimum standards for entry-level coding professionals,” Mancilla stated.

The recognition allows Moraine Valley to be acknowledged as providing an approved coding certificate program. The approval is for three years with required annual updates.

For more information, call Mark Horstmeyer, director of College Relations, at (708) 974-5275 or email: