Medical Coding Certificate Program (MDC.CT)
Medical coders provide an essential part of managing health information that allows hospitals and physician offices to receive payment for services. Each diagnosis or treatment is assigned a code for which payment may be received. Code assignments are based on coding classification guidelines, federal regulations and sometimes state regulations. In the United States healthcare can be complex and has many components including the clinical side, administrative elements, and governmental oversight. Adequately trained personnel are essential for proper reporting of information to ensure correct reimbursement. Area medical facilities currently seek trained staff with the coding skills necessary to efficaciously meet the financial needs of these institutions. Theory and lab experience will provide the learner with job-readiness skills.
This certificate prepares students for employment in a variety of areas that require coding expertise.
Camden County College's Medical Coding certificate program is approved by the AHIMA Foundation's Professional Certificate Approval Program. This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program.
Value for Students
The AHIMA Foundation's Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:
a. Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
b. Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
c. Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
d. Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession
December 17, 2015 – December 31, 2018 with annual interim approval during these years.