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Medical Coder

Certificate (Certificate Program) - 27 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

The mission of the Medical Coder Certificate program is to provide knowledge, skills, and professional attitude for an entry-level medical coder position in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, skilled-care facilities, insurance companies, billing offices, and governmental agencies.

Admission to the Program:

Admission criteria for this program include: (1) high school graduate or equivalent; (2) one year of high school biology with a "C" or better; (3) ACT composite score of 14 or above (tested prior to October 28, 1989) or 17 or above (tested October 28, 1989 or later); (4) at least a "C" average in 9 or more semester hours of approved courses taken at ICC if not initially admissible to the program; (5) placement score into READ 115.   

High school recommendations:  3 years English and 2 years typing

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
HLTH 121; BIOL 205; MEDO 112; HEOCC 220

Spring Semester 1:
BIOL 206; HEOCC 112; MEDO 117; HEOCC 200

Summer Semester 1:
MEDO 115

Fall Semester 2:
MEDO 120

Spring Semester 2:
MEDO 118


Course Information:
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
BIOL 205PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I *4
BIOL 206PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II *4
HEOCC 112INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY ****2
HEOCC 200DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN ****3
HEOCC 220LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE 1
HLTH 121MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ****2
MEDO 112MEDICAL OFFICE COMPUTER SKILLS **1
MEDO 115INTRODUCTION TO ICD-10-CM AND ICD-10-PCS CODING 3
MEDO 117INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT PROCEDURAL TERMINOLOGY (CPT) CODING 2
MEDO 118CODING INTERNSHIP ***2
MEDO 120INTERMEDIATE ICD-10-CM AND ICD-10-PCS CODING 3

* BIOL 205 and 206 must be completed within 5 years of admission into the program
** Or a department-approved computer course.
*** Arranged by the program coordinator upon completion of all program courses.
**** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

To remain in and graduate from program, students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all coursework.

 Students are eligible to take the entry-level examination for certification as a medical coder given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) upon completion of program.

 Upon acceptance into the program, physical exam, criminal background check, drug screening and immunizations are required.

For Program Information Contact:

Health Careers Department

Thomas Building

(309) 999-4600

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