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Coding Certificate Level II

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Overview

Summary

The Health Information Technology (HIT) tech prep associate of applied science degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry level employment as health information technicians. The associate of applied science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The coding certificate is currently approved by the Council on Certification of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Program accreditation allows AAS degree graduates to apply for certification examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In addition, program accreditation allows coding certificate graduates to apply for certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

A certificate in medical coding 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, students will be certified as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) after successfully passing the exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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 on a variety of setting including hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and other health care facilities.

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 15 percent through 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is much faster that 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 off-campus practicums or internships.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges of universities. Contact a counselor, academic advisor, of 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 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.

In addition, students must meet the Student Success Initiative requirements as established by Lone Star College System for the Health Information Technology A.A.S. and the Coding Certificate. Students must demonstrate proficiency in MATH 0310 prior to graduations. Prerequisites for other academic courses such as BIOL 2401 requires the completion of MATH 0308. Once the college requirement of MATH 0310 is met, the student has met this requirement for graduation.

Effective Fall 2015 all students applying to an A.A.S. Health Occupation Program must complete an approved Humanities/Fine Arts course from the new core as listed in the 2014-2015 catalog. See approved 2014-2015 humanities course requirement list. Students applying to an A.A.S. health occupation program before Fall 2015 may fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement from either the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 catalogs. See approved 2013-2014 humanities course requirement list.

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Admission Criteria:  Coding Certificate and Health Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

In order to be considered for admission to the HIT program, students must meet the Texas State Initiative (TSI) requirements. Students must take the TSI assessment unless you are exempt. Please visit the placement testing website for more information. In order to be part of the program, students must be at college-level placement in reading, writing and completion of MATH 0306 or higher.

  1. Complete the Admission Criteria by clicking the button below:

    Admission Criteria

     
  2. Complete a Lone Star College admission online application. To do so, please visit the Lone Star College admissions page.
  3. Review the Statement of Responsibility. You will be required to sign and comply with this statement each semester while attending classes at Lone Star College.
  4. REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previously attended colleges and/or universities sent to:  

    Lone Star College – North Harris
    ATTN: Admissions
    2700 W.W. Thorne Dr., Ste. 109
    Houston, TX 77073
    Transcripts must be on file with admissions prior to admission to the HIT program.
    Note: Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

  5. Submit a program application available online March 1 through July 30th (Apply Now)
  6. Applicants seeking admission into the Health Information Technology AAS degree program must successfully complete the background check.  A drug screen may also be required based on terms of our clinical affiliation agreement. Click here for form.

For more information please see the HIT department webpage. Students may be required to show proof of immunizations such as tetanus and MMR (mumps, measles, and 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.

The Health Information Technology A.A.S. Degree and Coding Certificate program applications are available online March 1st through July 30th

Applicants seeking admission into the Health Information Technology A.A.S. degree program must successfully complete a background check and drug screen, as required based on the terms of our clinical affiliation agreement.  The background check is completed through Castlebranch.com, using the package code of HM44BG. For more information, please see the HIT departmental webpage. Students may be required to show proof of immunizations, such as tetanus and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Students may also be required to document negative results from a tuberculosis test. Applicants must cover the cost of the background, drug screen and immunizations if required by clinical affiliates.

Program Accreditation

The coding certificate is currently approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). 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. This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as providing an approved coding certificate program.   In addition, program accreditation allows coding certificate graduates to apply for certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Health Information Technology AAS Degree.

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: $37,8831

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. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

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