Mission: The mission of this program is to provide students with the best quality training in order for them to achieve their career goals in the health care industry.
Introduction to Health Information Technology - Course HIM0009 (90 hours) – Students will learn safety procedures, employability skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, basic mathematics, science, computer literacy, the profession of health information management, and basic health information technology.
Medical Coder/Biller, 1 of 3 - Course HIM0091 (350 hours) – Students will achieve a high level of knowledge and comprehension of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, and the fundamentals of the disease process.
Medical Coder/Biller, 2 of 3 - Course HIM0092 (350 hours) – Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICD and CPT coding systems, the utilization of medical coding references, and will be able to explain the significance of health information services.
Medical Coder/Biller, 3 of 3 - Course HIM0093 (320 hours) – Students will demonstrate the following: ethical and legal principles with regard to the use of medical records, computer skills, safety and security specific to health information, and an understanding of medical billing.
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Distance Education: Pinellas Technical College offers the Medical Coder/Biller program in an online format only. Prospective students should have proficient computer skills to enroll in this program. Students are expected to complete a required number of online lessons every week. For additional information go to the 'Online Programs and Courses' page.
Industry Certification(s): Graduates are prepared and eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam as well as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam
After three years of work experience, individuals may sit for the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification exam (professionals skilled to work in a hospital setting)
Graduates with work experience and expertise in physician-based settings may also obtain the title of Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Professional Coder Hospital (CPC-H) by sitting for these certification exams offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement: 70%
Minimum Attendance Requirement: 70%
Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements: Student's competency in reading, math, and language is pre-assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Required basic skills grade levels are: Reading-11, Math-9, and Language-11.
* Length of program and all costs are approximate and subject to change.