Health Information Management: Clinical Data Coding, C.S.C.

Career Studies Certificate
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The curriculum is designed for persons who seek entry-level employment as clinical data coding specialists in healthcare organizations by providing them with knowledge in anatomy and medical terminology, skill development in ICD-9-CM and CPT coding classification systems, database management, and clinical data abstracting processes, prospective payment systems, and reimbursement strategies. Clinical data coding specialists are in demand across the spectrum of healthcare organizations including hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, managed care organizations, contracting groups, and accounting firms. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to take one of two national certifying examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office setting (CCS-P).

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIM 111 Medical Terminology I 3
HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I 3
HIM 250 Health Data Classification Systems I 4
1NAS 150 Human Biology 4
Total 17
2nd Semester
HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology 3
HIM 196 On-Site Training 1
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
HIM 255 Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT 2
HIM 260 Pharmacology for Health Information Management 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 29
One Year Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
HIM
111
3
HIM
141
3
HIM
250
4
1NAS
150
4
Total 17
2nd Semester
HIM
110
3
On-Site Training
HIM
196
1
HIM
254
3
Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT
HIM
255
2
HIM
260
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 29

All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA. First-time-to-college students ages 17-24 must complete an SDV course within their first year at NOVA.

1 Students must complete NAS 150 with a 'C' or higher.

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