Comprehensive Coding Systems

Comprehensive Coding will prepare you to work in the business office of a healthcare facility with focus on medical coding skills.  As a medical coder, you will be able to assign diagnostic and procedures codes within the electronic medical record, while maintaining compliance with established rules and regulatory body guidelines. General topics covered include ICD-9 and ICD-10, CPT coding, basic anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology and abbreviations.

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Overview

The Comprehensive Coding Systems area of study prepares you to be a medical coder. Medical coders use alphanumeric diagnostic and procedure codes to convey critical information about illnesses and medical treatment. To choose the most appropriate codes, these specialists review the patient’s history and test results, and talk to the patient’s doctor to uncover missing information. Doctors and hospitals use code data to track their performance and prevent fraud and error that could harm patients.

 

What are the prerequisites?

High school diploma or GED. Must have basic keyboarding and computer skills. 

Comprehensive Coding Information Sheet

Is national certification available?

National certification examinations are offered by multiple organizations and are optional.

How much will I earn?

Income will depend on what area of employment you choose, if you have earned a national certification, what hours you work, and your prior work experience.  Entry level base salaries can range from $26,000 to $42,000 per year.

How long does the program last?

You should be able to complete the certificate as quickly as in 4-5 months.

How do I qualify for admittance?

Students must have a high school diploma or GED, and have basic keyboarding and computer skills.  Data entry skills are helpful, as well as good verbal and written communication skills. Prior experience and/or study in the medical clerical field is helpful.

Are books included in the course fee?

Books are not included in the cost of the course.  Book titles will be provided and books may be purchases at HCC book stores.

What HCC campus has this program?

The program is available at HCC SE College (Rustic), HCC Southwest College (West Loop), and HCC Northwest College (Alief), on an alternating basis.

What are the Comprehensive Coding certificate program courses?

HITT 1003 Medical Terminology II, 32 hours
HITT 1013 Basic Coding, 48 hours
POFM 2010 Intermediate Coding, 48 hours
HITT 2046 Advanced Coding, 48 hours

Rosie Garza

Health Program Director

2524 Garland, Houston, TX 77087