(37 credit hours)
The Medical Coder/Biller program is designed to prepare students for coding careers in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and insurance companies. Coding professionals read and analyze medical records, convert medical record data to diagnosis and procedure codes, and use codes to receive proper reimbursement for healthcare services. Industry job titles include entry level coder, medical record coder, clinical coder, coding technician, coding clerk, and medical coder/biller.
Program content includes, but is not limited to, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, coding systems, fundamentals of disease processes, healthcare delivery systems, basics of medical records services, ethical and legal responsibilities, safety/security procedures, basic data processing, and employability skills.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication about issues in the Health Information Technology profession.
- Students will be able to apply diagnostic and procedure codes according to current guidelines.
- Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking skills about issues in the Health Information Technology profession.
Upon completion of the curriculum, students are eligible to take the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam.
To be officially considered for this program a student must:
- be a high school graduate or have a GED,
- complete a Florida Gateway College application,
- complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) with a score of math 9, language 11, reading 11 by the end of the program.
Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to the Health Information Technology, A.S. degree (HIMT).
The following is a suggested sequence of courses: