MxCC’s Health Information Management program offers several options to get started.
Medical Office Billing and Coding Certificate
The Medical Office Billing and Coding Certificate is a two semester long program, which will allow students to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. According to the AAPC’s 2018 Salary Survey, the average salary for a CPC was $54,401. CPC-certified individuals usually work in physician offices and their roles may involve more billing than coding. The AAPC also offers a billing certification (CPB) that these students may want to consider. Generally speaking, there are more jobs for this credential type because there are more physician offices than other types of healthcare facilities. There may be competition for the jobs because the credential is common. These students do not need to take placement tests.
Health Information Management Credit Certificate
The Health Information Management Credit Certificate is the credit medical coding program at MxCC. This program is three semesters long and at the end of the program, students will sit for a coding credential exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students may select the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) certification exam. According to the AHIMA 2016 Salary Survey, the average salary for the CCA is $47,780, the CCS is $70,080, and the CCS-P is $62,390. AHIMA certified coders often work in larger organizations including hospitals and healthcare systems. The work is generally limited to specialized areas of coding and is unlikely to include billing. Generally speaking, there are fewer of these jobs because there are fewer healthcare facilities than physician offices, but these credentials are less common and there may be less competition for the roles.
This 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.
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 (PCAP).
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).
Our HIM Certificate is recognized as an AHIMA PCAP-approved coding program. It is stackable with the associate degree at MxCC or bachelor degree in HIM from other colleges. The CCS or CCS-P certification represents an expertise in coding that exceeds the level of coding covered by the HIM generalist credentials earned int he HIM associate degree (Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)) or HIM Bachelor degree (Registered Health Information Technician Administrator (RHIA)) levels. Many students start with the HIM certificate and then progress to the HIM associate degree program.
Health Information Management Credit Associate Degree
The Health Information Management (HIM) program provides skills to enter the workforce as a Health Information Technician.
HIM professionals are involved in the design, collection, storage, utilization, and transmission of data required to meet the professional, legal, financial, and administrative record-keeping requirements of healthcare delivery systems. They work with clinical, financial, epidemiological, administrative, and coded healthcare and insurance data.
The Middlesex Community College Health Information Management degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Graduates of the Health Information Management degree program are eligible to sit for AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) certification exam.