NCCC College Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 05, 2023  
NCCC College Catalog 2022-2023

Health Care Coding, Certificate

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This program of study prepares individuals to perform specialized data entry, classification, and recordkeeping procedures related to medical diagnostic, treatment, billing, and insurance documentation. It includes instruction in medical records and insurance software applications, basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, fundamentals of medical science and treatment procedures, data classification and coding, data entry skills, and regulations relating to Medicare and insurance documentation.

Completion of this Health Care Coding Certificate program will prepare students to sit for the Certified Physician Coding (CPC) an examination offered through AAPC and the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Program graduates should investigate requirements through for CCS or CCS-P advanced coding exams.


The student will need to be proficient in English; reading and writing. Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites. Students are not required to take placement exams before enrollment in this certificate program.

Program Staff Recommendation

Students planning to work as a professional coder should also consider completing the Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program.

General Education (GE) Courses

Certificate students are not required to take specific elective courses for this program, but should work with an advisor to find an appropriate track for career objectives. Students are not required to take placement exams before enrollment, but are encouraged to do so. Students completing this program will earn credit hours that can be applied to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology.

Program Core Courses

All courses, or their equivalent courses transferred from other institutions listed on the recommended sequence of courses, must be passed with a C or better; a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation.

Program Outcomes

  1. Interpret health data content to support the assignment of correct medical codes and for reimbursement.
  2. Apply computer technology in the completion of health information processes.
  3. Follow health information requirements and standards.
  4. Differentiate among the different reimbursement methodologies.
  5. Comply with established legal and ethical standards of health information practice.
  6. Accurately code diagnoses and procedures in a variety of healthcare settings using currently accepted coding systems.

Course Sequence

The listing that follows is a recommended sequence of courses for full-time students. The student should consult with an advisor for information specific to their academic situation and flexibility of course sequencing order

For More Information, Contact:

Jennifer Brown, Program Director, 620-432-0323

Health Care Coding Certificate Requirements

Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours: 10

Total Health Care Coding Certificate Credits: 36

Optional Additional Study

Students completing the Health Care Coding certificate are encouraged to consider continuing their education to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology.

#Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree following graduation should take BIOL 257 Human Anatomy & Physiology  Lecture and BIOL 258 Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab , in place of ALMA 145 A&P for Allied Health . Additionally, NURS 230 Pathophysiology  and ALHE 122 Introduction To Pharmacology  can be taken in place of ALHT 190 Pathopharmacology  for transferability to other programs.

*BIOL 257  and BIOL 258 , or ALMA 145 , are pre-requisites for ALHT 190 , NURS 230 , and ALHT 255 .

Students should work closely with their advisor to determine the most efficient method of obtaining their career goals.

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