The Health Information Technology Coding Diploma curriculum will prepare graduates for jobs in the coding sector of the healthcare field. Technicians who specialize in coding are often hired as data analysts, health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors, or coding specialists. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.
After two years of coding work experience as required by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the graduate may write the “CCS” (Certified Coding Specialist) and/or the “CCS-P” (Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based) mastery level certified coding specialist examination. Certified Coding Specialists are professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the hospital setting. These coding practitioners review patients’ records and assign appropriate codes for each diagnosis and procedure. The CCS-P is a coding practitioner with expertise in physician-based settings such as physician’s offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers.
Graduates of the program may transfer all course credits to the HIT associate degree curriculum.