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Hospital Coding Specialist Certificate

Skilled coding professionals are highly sought-after resources by hospitals, clinics, as well as by physician office practices, long-term care facilities, and organizations across the nation. Both experienced and entry-level coding professionals can expect to be in high demand as the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States.

The health information management (HIM) field places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. As an HIM professional, you are the expert on patient data that doctors, nurses and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. By maintaining, collecting and analyzing health information, your work makes an important contribution to the delivery of quality care.

Coding specialists classify medical data from patient records, review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. To perform this task, they must possess expertise in the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding system and the surgery section within the CPT coding system. In addition, the Coding Specialist is knowledgeable of medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology, and is invaluable as a liaison among physicians, case managers, compliance professionals, Financial services, and hospital departments.

The Hospital Coding Specialist Certificate program is comprised of comprehensive education and to prepare qualified individuals to become Hospital Coding Professionals.

The purpose of the program is to provide classroom training for student with general coding knowledge, in order to prepare them for the possibility of a successful coding career in the acute and ambulatory care settings. It will also enhance the existing skills of individuals who are currently coding in the those care settings. Upon completion of the 32.5-credit hour program, students earn a professional certificate from UC San Diego Extension. This program prepares participants for the CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) national exam.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Prerequisites (Required for students with no coding knowledge)
Basic Medical Coding
MEDC-40008
4
M M M M
Required Courses (all 9 are required)
Medical Terminology
FPM-40172
1
O O O O
Anatomy and Physiology in Coding
FPM-40320
4.5
      L
Coding I
MEDC-40005
6
L      
Pathophysiology of Human Disease I
FPM-40339
3
L      
Coding II
MEDC-40003
6
  L    
Pathophysiology of Human Disease II
FPM-40340
3
  L    
Coding III
MEDC-40000
6
    L  
Pharmacology
FPM-40382
3
    L  
CCS Test Preparation
MEDC-80000
0
      X
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100497 Apply Now!
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences, (858) 534-9262
E-mail: unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu

Conditions for Admission

Prerequisites:

  • High-School graduation/GED
  • Students with no coding knowledge will be required to take the Basic Coding course (MEDC-40008), offered every quarter, before acceptance into the program.
Next Cohort starts Summer 2014. Please click “Apply Now” for the Program information packet/application. Completed applications should be mailed to UCSD Extension , Healthcare Department, 9500 Gilman Drive 0170E, La Jolla, CA 92093-0170 –or – by fax (858) 534-9257 Attn: Nicole Mitchell Admission Criteria Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including relevant work experience and the appropriateness of your goals to this program. Meeting the required qualifications for the program does not guarantee your admission, since the number of qualified applications may exceed the number of spots available.

Advisors

Judy Courtemanche
Sharp Memorial Hospital HIM Department

Lee Giddings, M.D.
Medical Director, Clinical Resource Management
UC San Diego Health Sciences

Yvonne Jennings
Sharp Healthcare Human Resources

Lidiya Ter-Markarova
Director of Coding and Charge Services
Palomar Pomerado Health

Lorraine C. Wilson, RHIA
Administrative Director, HIMS
Scipps Mercy Hospital