Clinical Coding, Certificate of Proficiency

Clinical Coding, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park, Wildwood, and Online

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.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

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:

  1. utilize advanced skills in classifying medical data from patient records, often in a hospital setting but also in a variety of other healthcare settings.
  2. create coded data used by hospitals and medical providers to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  3. demonstrate tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency.
  4. apply the official coding guidelines.
  5. assess the quality of coded data.
  6. use encoder, grouping, and computer-assisted-coding software, as well as other specialized coding technologies.
  7. conduct coding audits.
  8. formulate compliant physician query.
  9. 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 our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

Foundation Courses
BIO 215Human Body Systems5
HIM 101Medical Terminology and Language3
HIM 102Electronic Health Management2
HIM 103Human Diseases and Pharmacology 3
Area of Concentration
HIM 104Health Information and Delivery Systems3
HIM 106International Classification of Diseases Coding I3
HIM 107Current Procedural Terminology Coding I3
HIM 206International Classification of Diseases Coding II3
HIM 207Current Procedural Terminology Coding II3
HIM 208Advanced Coding Applications2
HIM 201Reimbursement and Legal Compliance3
HIM 210Professional Practice Experience2
Total Credit Hours35

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2022, 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.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 215 Human Body Systems5Reading Proficiency
HIM 101 Medical Terminology and Language3Reading Proficiency
HIM 102 Electronic Health Management2Reading Proficiency
HIM 103 Human Diseases and Pharmacology3Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 215 and HIM 102, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours13
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIM 106 International Classification of Diseases Coding I3BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, HIM 103, and Reading Proficiency
HIM 107 Current Procedural Terminology Coding I3BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, HIM 103, and Reading Proficiency
HIM 104 Health Information and Delivery Systems3BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, HIM 103, and Reading Proficiency
HIM 201 Reimbursement and Legal Compliance3BIO 215, HIM 101, HIM 102, HIM 103, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours12
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIM 206 International Classification of Diseases Coding II3HIM 106, HIM 107, and Reading Proficiency
HIM 207 Current Procedural Terminology Coding II3HIM 107 and Reading Proficiency
HIM 208 Advanced Coding Applications2HIM 201 and Reading ProficiencyPermission of program coordinator
HIM 210 Professional Practice Experience2Prior or concurrent enrollment in HIM 209, and Reading ProficiencyPermission of program coordinator
Credit Hours10
Total Credit Hours35

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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.