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Overview

Summary

The Coding Certificate  is currently approved by the Council on Certification of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In addition, program accreditation allows coding certificate graduates to apply for certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Registered health information technicians perform technical medical record functions vital to the operation of the organization, including analyzing, coding, and health record evaluation. Registered health information technicians process, maintain, complete and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research. Graduates may be employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and other health care facilities.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges/universities for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

To meet graduation requirements for any of the certificate or degree programs in the health information technology department, students must attain a grade of “C” or better in each major and general education course. Courses with grades less than a “C” must be repeated.

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Admission Criteria For The Coding Certificate

Admission to the certificate program requires completion of an application found on the LSC-North Harris Web site. Applications are accepted March 1 to May 1st for fall entry. Applicants seeking admission into these programs must successfully pass a criminal background check. Students may be required to show proof of immunizations such as tetanus and MMR (mumps, measles, rubella). Students may also be required to document negative results from a tuberculosis test. Applicants must cover the cost of the background check, immunizations and drug screen if required by clinical affiliates. Admission requires the following:

  1. college-level reading and writing readiness skill
  2. completion of ENGL 0305 or ENGL 0365 & ENGL 0307 or ENGL 0375 or higher
  3. completion of MATH 0310 or higher

The coding certificate prepares the technician to assign a code to a medical diagnosis or procedure. Medical coders consult classification manuals and rely on their knowledge of disease processes to assign codes. After completion of the certificate, graduates are eligible to sit for a national certification exam administered by AHIMA and become certified as a certified coding associate (CCA). The coding certificate program begins every fall semester. Students wishing to begin the certificate program at any other time besides the fall may take some of the core courses or prerequisites for the program.

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is faster than the average for all occupations because of rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and consumers. Technicians will be needed to enter patient information into computer databases to comply with Federal legislation mandating the use of electronic medical records.

Students admitted to the program will be required to pay liability insurance during the semesters involving Lone Star College System 2014-2015 Catalog Addendum 24 2014-2015 Catalog Addendum May 2015 update off-campus practicums or internships. At some facilities, students may be required to successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen, as well as to show proof of immunizations such tetanus and MMR (mumps, measles, rubella). Students may also be required to document negative results from a tuberculosis test. These costs are borne by the student.

Contact

LSC-North Harris

Please contact Dr. Viseeta Brown at Viseeta.K.Brown@LoneStar.edu or call 281.943.6860 for more information.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses 7 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3

First Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
HITT 1301 Health Data Content & Structure 3
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 1341 Coding & Classification Systems 3
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 2335 Coding & Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1211 Health Information Systems 2
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
Third Semester Courses 2 Credits
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician1 2
Coding Certificate Program Total 36 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $33,781 1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Health Information Specialist2
  • Medical Records Analyst2
  • Medical Coder2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.