2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Coding, CA [MEDCOD-CT, 44 Total Credits]


Some of these courses are program prerequisites and MUST be completed before a student is considered eligible for entry into the Program. Students MUST attend a Health Programs orientation and meet with a Health Programs advisor for additional advisement.  For more information please visit www.csn.edu/limited-entry-admission.


Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program are located at www.csn.edu/gainful-employment.


The coding program is designed for students to become coding specialists with demonstrated knowledge and skills in applications of classifications and nomenclatures to health information. Coding with approved classification systems is required for direct patient care, research, and fiscal reimbursement. Recipients of the Certificate of Achievement in Medical Coding may apply to take the national certification exam given by the American Health Information Management Association. Successful candidates receive the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), or Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Based (CCS-P) credential. 


The Medical Coding program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association, 233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5809, (312) 233-1100.


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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze information from medical records for code assignment.
  2. Conduct physician queries and evaluate diagnostic/procedural medical codes and groupings for all medical records according to current guidelines and regulations.
  3. Evaluate diagnostic/procedural medical codes and groupings for inpatient, outpatient, and physician records according to current guidelines and regulations.
  4. Utilize HIM (Health Information Management) systems, such as EHR, encoders, and CAC software in a secure manner to manage documentation required for coding and billing.
  5. Evaluate revenue processes and edits for reconciliation and submission of insurance claims.
  6. Analyze current regulations in clinical classification systems for compliance with ethical coding and privacy and security concerns.

General Education Requirements (3 Credits)