Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons who seek entry-level employment as clinical data coding specialists in health care organizations by providing them with knowledge in anatomy and medical terminology, skill development in ICD–9–CM and CPT coding classification systems, database management, and clinical data abstracting processes, prospective payment systems, and reimbursement strategies. Clinical data coding specialists are in demand across the spectrum of healthcare organizations including hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, managed care organizations, contracting groups, and accounting firms. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to take one of two national certifying examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), or Certified Coding Specialist–Physician Office setting (CCS–P).
Admission Requirements: Applicants must do the following:
• Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
• View a Clinical Data Coding information session online at www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/allied-health/him.
• Have a NOVA application on file.
• Present evidence of a high school diploma or GED.
• Have completed or qualified for ENG 111.
• Provide evidence of good physical and mental health by submitting a physical exam form and CPR certification. Both must be completed before the start of clinical experience.
The curriculum includes one coordinated practice course. Students are expected to complete the courses in the sequence outlined below.
All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA.
1 Students must complete NAS 150 with a “C” or higher.