Medical Coding Specialist
Credits Required for Graduation: 29.00
The Medical Coding Specialist Program prepares individuals for employment as entry-level coding specialists in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home health care agencies. Coding specialists are also employed in consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies. The medical coding specialist reviews medical documentation provided by physicians and other healthcare providers and translates this into numeric codes. The coding specialist assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes using universally recognized coding systems. Several uses of coded data are for payment of healthcare claims, statistics and medical research. Upon graduation students are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate exam of the AHIMA.