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Health Information Technology/Medical Coding, Short-Term Certificate

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The Shelton State Community College Health Information Technology-Medical Coding Short-Term Certificate provides entry level workforce needs. The Medical Coding Short-Term Certificate can also be a tool for professional development and advancement for those already working in the healthcare industry. Students seeking a quick entry into the workforce will find it useful as well. The certificate can be the basis to lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree. Graduates can apply to take the exam to be certified as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). CCAs are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records in a hospital setting. These coding practitioners: review patients’ records and assign alphanumeric codes for diagnoses and procedures. They possess competency in the ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding systems. The knowledgeable base includes medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology.

Individuals that successfully complete the CCA certification examination exhibit entry level coding competency in any setting, including both hospitals and physician practices.

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow nine percent from 2018 to 2030, fast as the average for all occupations. Health Information Technician tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, and work activities are list on O*NET. O*NET OnLine is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The information may also be reviewed at #Skills.

Admission Procedure:

  1. Apply online for admission to Shelton State Community College.
  2. Submit copies of official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Enrollment Services for evaluation for course credits and GPA.

Area I - Written Composition: 3 Hours

Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts: 0 Hours

N/A     Humanities and Fine Arts not required.

Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 3 Hours

Area IV - History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 0 Hours

N/A    History, Social, or Behavioral Science not required

Total Hours Required for Certificate: 29 Hours

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