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Health Careers

Medical Records Coding

Degree Type: Certificate

Semester Credit Hours: 34

Academic Support Courses - 12 SCH

HITT 1305 - Medical Terminology I
HPRS 2301 - Pathophysiology
ITSC 1309 - Integrated Software Applications I
MDCA 1309 - Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants

First Semester - 6 SCH (Summer)

HITT 1301 - Health Data Content and Structure
HPRS 2300 - Pharmacology for Health Professions

Second Semester - 11 SCH

HITT 1345 - Health Care Delivery Systems
HITT 1441 - Coding and Classification Systems
HITT 1442 - Ambulatory Coding

Third Semester - 5 SCH

HITT 1266 - Practicum - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
HITT 2335 - Coding & Reimbursement Methodologies

Program Admission Information

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Marketable Skills

  • Attitude for Success
  • Communication Techniques
  • Critical Thinking
  • Computer Application
  • Leadership/Management Qualities

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze health records for documentation that reflects the correct selection of the principal diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between prospective and retrospective payment systems.
  • Apply all necessary codes to their full level of specificity for patient encounters.
  • Apply the appropriate code set or classification system to the given patient encounter.
  • Understand HIPAA in regards to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Differentiate between outpatient and inpatient records.

Expected Salary

Texas wage data: workers on average earn $39,990; 10% of workers earn $26,790 or less; 10% of workers earn $67,570 or more.

Career Opportunities

Physician Offices; Hospitals; Clinics; Billing Companies; Remote Work from Home; Coder; Health Information Clerk; Health Information Specialist; Health Information Technician; Medical Records Clerk; Medical Records Coordinator; Medical Records Technician; Reimbursement Specialist.

High School Endorsements

Public Service

Additional Educational Opportunities

May pursue Associate Science Health Information Management.