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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Coding, Certificate

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This 1-year certificate program prepares students for careers in professional coding in medical groups and physician practices. Students wishing to continue to earn their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree will articulate with Tacoma Community College’s Health Information Technology (HIT) program. This program is designed to go from web-enhanced to hybrid in preparation for the online courses at TCC. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the professional coding certification.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and adhere to systems that ensure the protection of health information, to include health law, data privacy, confidentiality and security, and the release of information.
  • Explain data and use technology found in health information technologies.
  • Apply policies and procedures for the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement and evaluate the revenue cycle management process.
  • Demonstrate understanding of medical code sets to include ICD-10-CM and CPT.
  • Identify policies and apply procedures for compliance of healthcare regulatory requirements, to include medical coding, fraud surveillance, and clinical documentation improvement.
  • Identify major concepts in supporting body of knowledge to include pathophysiology and pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and computer applications.
  • Prepare effective written and oral communication.


Important Notes

Professional Coding Certificate will:

  • Assist students in becoming certified as professional coders through either the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Prepare students for a career in professional coding
  • Provide a pathway for students to continue their education


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Specific Requirements

Total Program Credits: 69

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