Clinical Coding, Certificate of Proficiency
Forest Park and Wildwood
(mixture of face-to-face and distance learning course offerings)
Clinical Coding, Certificate of Proficiency, program prepares students to classify medical data from a variety of settings, including inpatient facilities. Coding specialists create coded data used by hospitals and medical providers to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Researchers and public health officials also use this data to monitor patterns and explore new interventions. Advanced coding concepts using current classifications are presented along with advanced strategies for coding regulatory compliance, creating provider queries, and demonstrating excellent coding knowledge and skills. The CCS coding credential demonstrates mastery of coding proficiency.
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Program Career and Salary Information. Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.
The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.
Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to:
- utilize advanced skills in classifying medical data from patient records, often in a hospital setting but also in a variety of other healthcare settings.
- create coded data used by hospitals and medical providers to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
- demonstrate tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency.
- apply the official coding guidelines.
- assess the quality of coded data.
- use encoder, grouping, and computer-assisted-coding software, as well as other specialized coding technologies.
- conduct coding audits.
- formulate compliant physician query.
- explain the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Coding.
Missouri Civics Examination. Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.
|BIO 215||Human Body Systems||5|
|HIM 101||Medical Terminology and Language||3|
|HIM 102||Electronic Health Management||2|
|HIM 103||Human Diseases and Pharmacology||3|
|Area of Concentration|
|HIM 104||Health Information and Delivery Systems||3|
|HIM 106||International Classification of Diseases Coding I||3|
|HIM 107||Current Procedural Terminology Coding I||3|
|HIM 206||International Classification of Diseases Coding II||3|
|HIM 207||Current Procedural Terminology Coding II||3|
|HIM 208||Advanced Coding Applications||2|
|HIM 201||Reimbursement and Legal Compliance||3|
|HIM 210||Professional Practice Experience||2|
|Total Credit Hours||35|
PLEASE NOTE: If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements. Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.
|BIO 215||Human Body Systems||5||Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 101||Medical Terminology and Language||3||Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 102||Electronic Health Management||2||Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 103||Human Diseases and Pharmacology||3||Concurrent or prior enrollment in BIO 215 and HIM 102 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 106||International Classification of Diseases Coding I||3||BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, and HIM 103 with minimum grades of "C"; and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 107||Current Procedural Terminology Coding I||3||BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, and HIM 103 with minimum grades of "C"; and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 104||Health Information and Delivery Systems||3||BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, and HIM 103 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 201||Reimbursement and Legal Compliance||3||BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, and HIM 103 with minimum grades of "C"; and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 206||International Classification of Diseases Coding II||3||HIM 106 and HIM 107 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 207||Current Procedural Terminology Coding II||3||HIM 107 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency|
|HIM 208||Advanced Coding Applications||2||HIM 201 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency||Permission of program coordinator|
|HIM 210||Professional Practice Experience||2||Department approval and Reading Proficiency||Permission of program coordinator|
|Total Credit Hours||35|
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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.
*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.