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Career Studies Certificate AN  

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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, medical terminology, skill development in ICD-9CM and HCPS/CPT coding classification systems, database management, and clinical data abstracting processes. Clinical data coding specialists are in demand across the spectrum of health care organizations including physician offices, insurance companies, managed care organizations, and consulting and accounting firms. The curriculum is offered through the NVCC Extended Learning Institute with one coordinated practice course conducted at an area health facility. Students are expected to complete the courses in the sequence outlined below. All first- semester courses must be completed before enrolling in second-semester courses.

Admission Requirements: Students must be admitted to NVCC and have designated Annandale as their home campus; have a high school diploma or GED including one unit each of high school biology and chemistry; have obtained a score of 81 or better on the reading section of the English placement test; have obtained a score of 85 or better on the writing section of the English placement test; and hold CPR-A certification.

Special Certification: Upon completion of this certificate, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a certified data coding specialist (CCS).

One Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ENG111English Composition I3
   HIT113Medical Term. & Disease Proc. I3
   HIT114Medical Term. & Disease Proc. II3
   NAS150Human Biology4
   HIT190Coordinated Practice 2
   HIT215Health Data Classification Systems 5
   HIT241Fundamentals of Health Info. III 3

Total Credits/Semester1310

Total credits for the Clinical Coding Specialist Career Studies Certificate = 23.

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