Sep 29, 2023
School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept: Allied Health Careers
Curriculum Chair: Sue Clarke-Kendrick
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Certificate programs are designed to provide a mix of theory and practical training leading to immediate employment upon completion. People who pursue certificates might have an advanced degree and typically want to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Others might enroll in a certificate program to “test the waters,” with an eye toward pursuing an associate’s degree. Credits earned now in a credit-bearing certificate will apply later toward an associate’s degree at Westchester Community College. Click to learn more about the differences among the award types.
This certificate program is intended for those who wish to gain employment in medical coding and health information management. Students will develop a thorough knowledge of medical terminology, health records management, insurance procedures, billing software and medical coding. In addition, students develop skills in business communications and office administration that are vital for success in this growing field. Graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) – including the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. It is strongly recommended students work for a minimum of one year, full-time, in a coding position before taking the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam. Once certified, graduates can pursue occupational opportunities in either the public or private sector including positions in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, medical billing companies, health insurance companies, clinics and physicians’ offices, state and federal agencies, legal firms, software companies, and consulting firms.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will demonstrate an understanding of:
- Coding and coding classification systems
- Secondary data sources
- The health law and legal policies
- Health record content and documentation
- Revenue cycle, reimbursement and management
- Compliance, regulatory bodies and fraud surveillance
- Clinical documentation improvement process
General Education Requirements - 3 Credits
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Certificate Requirements - 35 Credits
Minimum Total Credits - 38
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
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