March 9, 2021 (Middletown, Conn.) — Middlesex Community College (MxCC) is pleased to announce the approval of the Health Information Management certificate program by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). The highly regarded national PCAP-approved status is for January 2021 to January 2024.
The PCAP approval identifies coding education programs that have been evaluated by a peer review process against national minimum standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process acknowledges academic institutions as providing an approved coding certificate program.
“The clinical coding certificate program was developed to meet the needs of employers in our community for certified coders and especially those coders with the American Health Information Management Association certified coding specialist (CSS) credential,” explained Jill Flanigan, coordinator of the program at Middlesex. “The AHIMA PCAP approval of our coding certificate positions our graduates to enter the healthcare workforce in a challenging and rewarding role classifying medical data in hospitals and other healthcare settings.”
Healthcare organizations rely on accurate and skilled coding professionals because it affects revenues and health outcomes. This approval designation assures healthcare providers that certificate holders of the MxCC coding program possess the necessary job skills to attain success in coding positions. Students are guided through a comprehensive coding curriculum providing them with more than 400 hours of instruction in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding and CPT coding and reimbursement methodologies.
The certified coding specialist, or CCS, is a highly sought after credential in the healthcare field. Students who complete the Health Information Management Certificate program at Middlesex Community College meet the eligibility requirements and can take the CCS credential exam.
Students may also choose to seek additional coding certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
For more information on the Health Information Management certificate program at MxCC, please visit the MxCC website.
Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 60 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden and online.