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Health Records Coding Technician

Career Studies Certificate

Purpose:This program is designed to provide the technical knowledge and skills, along with the practical experience, needed for employment as a health records coding technician. Assisted by specialized computer equipment and software, health records coding technicians analyze and interpret the patient’s record to determine the proper standardized code that represents the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. These codes may be used to create accurate standardized records, to maintain health statistics, or for billing purposes. The need for health records coding technicians will increase rapidly in the next ten years as the health field continues to move toward a greater focus on health care analysis and reimbursement challenges.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the students will be eligible to take national accrediting exams offered by AHIMA and the AAPC.

Occupational Objectives: Health records coding technicians work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, legal firms, insurance companies, government agencies, and as independent freelance consultants.

Admission Requirements: General college curricular admission

Program Notes:  This program is not accredited; however, upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to take the national certification exams. Students with significant on-the-job training may be given permission by the program head to enroll in select courses only.  These students will not earn the career studies certificate from the college, but will be prepared to take the national certification exams. Due to faculty availability, each course may not be offered every semester.

Computer Competency Requirement:  All applicants must pass the computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers at each campus, or successfully complete ITE 115 or CSC 155 or equivalent prior to completion of the program. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-152-06.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

CURRICULUM

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.

HRS.

LAB.

HRS.

CRS.

CRE.

BIO 1001 Basic Human Biology

3

0

3

HLT 1431

Medical Terminology I

3

0

3

HIM 150

Health Records Management

3

0

3

 

Total

9

0

9

HIM 1101,2

Introduction to Human Pathology

3

0

3

NUR 1362

Principles of Pharmacology I

1

0

1

HIM 2531

Health Records Coding

4

0

4

HIM 226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation

2 0 2

 

Total

10

0

10

HIM 143

Managing Electronic Billing in Medical Practice

2

0

2

HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management

2

0

2

HIM 254

3

Advanced Coding and Reimbursements

4

0

4

HIM 2953

Topics in Advanced Health Records Coding

2

0

2

Total

10

0

10

Total Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Health Records Coding

29

1HLT 143 and BIO 100 must be taken prior to HIM 253 and HIM 110.

2HIM 110 and NUR 136 must be taken concurrently.

3HIM 254 and HIM 295

must be taken concurrently.
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