Health information Management Certificate

Credit Certificate Program

This 30-credit certificate program prepares students for careers as clinical coders.  Clinical coders are skilled in classifying medical data utilizing knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and pharmacology.  Clinical coding is important to healthcare organizations because coding accuracy influences public health policy, impacts revenues, and drives the assessment of healthcare outcomes.

PROGRAM APPROVAL

The Middlesex Community College Health Information Management Certificate clinical coding program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Professional Certificate Approval Program January of 2018 – January 2021 with annual interim approval during these years.

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 to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program.

The AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:

  1. Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
  2. Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
  3. Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
  4. Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

Graduates of the HIM certificate program are eligible to sit for AHIMA coding certification exams including:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA®)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®)
  • Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P®)

Students may also choose to seek additional coding certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

A coding credential provides proof of competency in the field and is often a requirement for clinical coding-related and healthcare revenue management positions.

More information about health information careers can be found in the AHIMA Career and Student Center at http://www.ahima.org/careers.

This page was last updated 9/5/19