Coding Specialists are in demand in acute-care and ambulatory-care facilities, physician's office practices, and long-term care facilities. A variety of government agencies require coding expertise as well. Coders are needed to accurately select ICD-10-CM/PCS codes, CPT codes, and DRG and APG assignments for diagnostic and surgical documentation recorded in health records. The statistical information generated from these codes is also used in reimbursement, research, quality improvement, education, and administrative decision making.
The Coding Specialist Certificate program is a seven-quarter program. Classes meet once a week on Tuesday evenings. The last two quarters of the program consist of an internship-like laboratory experience, Coding Practica I and II. These practica courses meet twice a week in the evenings. In addition to the coding courses, the student is introduced to topics in health care records, confidentiality, ethics, and pharmacology.
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the entry level national certification examination of the American Health Information Management Association, the Certified Coding Associate (CCA). After one year of coding experience, the graduate is encouraged to sit for the expert level examination, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).
GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE
As part of new federal regulations, LLU is providing required information regarding the following gainful employment (GE) program. The following link will provide information regarding the cost of the certificate, financing available, median debt, normal timeframe for completion, and job placement rates for students that have completed this program. To view this information, Click Here.
Program Length7 quarters
Possible CareersCoding Specialist, Medical Record Technician, Health information Technician
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Autumn of 2019||Dec 2, 2018||—||Aug 1, 2019|
- Completed high school from an accredited institution or passed the GED.
- The applicant must also have completed the prerequisite classes listed from an accredited college or university.
- A minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for all transfer courses. C-minus grades are not acceptable for transfer credit.
Prerequisites- Human anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
- Introduction to computer applications
Discipline Accrediting AgencyAmerican Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2019-2020
|Year of Program:||Year 1|
|Books & Supplies||$2,275|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—|
Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
Estimated Living Expenses
Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1|
|Room & Board||$15,540|
- Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
- International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
- In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.