(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. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) National Certification Exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
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; and
- complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) with a score of math 9, language 11, reading 11 by the end of the program.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Medical Coder/Biller Applied Technology Diploma, graduates will be able to:
- Identify and solve HIT problems.
- Apply diagnostic and procedure codes according to current guidelines.
- Communicate appropriately about HIT issues.
Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to the Health Information Technology, A.S. degree (HIMT).
The following is a suggested sequence for the required courses: