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Coding Specialist Training Program-Online

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Trident Technical College has the only "AHIMA Approved" online coding program in the state!

What our students are saying...

"This was my very first online course and it was relatively simple to learn the online format.  I found it easy to follow the instructor's lesson plan."

 

"This is my first time taking any online courses. I am pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to access the necessary materials and educational content via the Internet. It is great that the professors are available to assist you along the way. I love the fact that you are given deadlines for assignments but are able to work at your own pace within those parameters. I definitely will continue to pursue my CCA and then CCS career at TTC!"

The #1 career pick according to http://www.careerbuilder.com/ is Medical Billing and Coding!

Career Description
The Coding Specialist reviews and analyzes health records to identify diagnoses and procedures for billing insurance and Medicare. The coding specialist is responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural information used by health care providers into coded form for medical reimbursement purposes. The greater the expertise of the coder the greater reimbursement to a healthcare facility. This Coding Specialist program teaches toward the entry-level national credential Certified Coding Associate (CCA) through AHIMA.

This online coding specialist curriculum is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The only AHIMA Approved online coding program in South Carolina!

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination through AHIMA, or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential through AAPC. It is highly recommended that students take the AHIMA CCA exam as soon as possible after completing this program.

To enroll, you must be a high school graduate or possess a high school (GED) equivalency diploma. No application is needed, simply register and pay for each class as you take it. All students must successfully complete the Introduction to Online Learning course. For more information or to register, contact ce.reg@tridenttech.edu or 843.574.6152   Click here to add your name to the Continuing Education mailing list.

The Coding Specialist program is intensive and delivered entirely online. Onsite externships are available in the Charleston area for local students. Virtual externships are available online for distance students. 

It takes self-discipline, organization  and commitment to study online. In deciding if an online program is right for you, consider the following:

 Can you establish regular study habits daily?
 Can you play an active role in your education?
 Can you work independently on problems?
 Can you learn a great deal with an instructor via email or Skype?
 Do you enjoy reading and participating in online discussions?

Certificate of Completion 
A TTC certificate of completion is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the following courses:

Note: If you wish to complete the program in less than 15 months, it is recommended you take Introduction to Online Learning, Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology together, followed by Pharmacology and Human Diseases together. To finish in 12 months, follow the previous statement, then take two courses at a time in Term 2 and 3, except the CPT Part II and the Externship classes are taken separately. Part-time students may take one course at a time.

Courses should be taken in the order listed below:

 Term 1 (Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED)
Introduction to Online Learning
Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Terminology
Pharmacology
Human Diseases

 Term 2 (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1 courses)
Health Care Data Content
ICD-9 Coding
Understanding Health Insurance
ICD-10 CM/PCS Coding

 Term 3 (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1 and Term 2 courses)
CPT Coding Part I
Electronic Health Records
CPT Coding Part II
Coding Specialist Externship

Book Information

  • Textbooks are not included in course fees. Students in the Charleston area may purchase books at the Main Campus Bookstore, Bldg 950.
  • Distance students may order books (shipped from the campus bookstore at http://bookstore.tridenttech.edu/buy_courselisting.asp  Please make sure you know your course code (ex. XPHH 589) when ordering books online. If you order books from any other source please make sure the ISBN number matches the book listed on the TTC Bookstore website. You must have the same book as your instructor in order to complete assignments and take quizzes/tests.
  • The books listed on the TTC website are the only acceptable texts.

    Online access instructions:

    1. After 2 p.m. on the day the course begins, go to https://cecourses.tridenttech.edu/.
    2. Click on log in for continuing education students.
    3. Follow the directions.                                                                                 

    Courses should be taken in the order listed below:

  • Introduction to Continuing Education Online Learning

    This course is an introduction to concepts related to the hardware and software applications necessary to participate in Continuing Education online health care programs. Students are tested out of Microsoft desktop applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Communicating electronically and searching the Internet are also discussed. This course is required for all students in this program. Book not required.

    XCPT 501-W04

    5/5-16

    $59

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    Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

    This 70-hour course covers basic anatomy and physiology and is an introduction to all human body systems and their functions. Interpretation and understanding of the human body is necessary to be successful in all health care occupations. Books not included

    XAHS 589-W02

    5/19-7/11

    $249

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    Medical Terminology

    This online course helps you master the medical vocabulary and terms used in allied health, coding and medical careers. It covers word parts, root words, general application, abbreviations, medical terminology and body systems. It benefits all coders in the health care and paramedical fields. Books not included

    XAHS 522-W02

    5/19-7/11

    $249

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    Pharmacology

    This online course is an overview of pharmacology and how it is used to treat different disease states. It provides an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using the numerous types of medical drugs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology within three years. Books not included

    XAHS 523-W02

    7/14-8/15

    $249

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    Human Diseases

    This online course introduces most common diseases and disorders of each body system with a review of anatomy and physiology pertinent to the content. Case-specific studies allow you to apply approach and knowledge gained through your studies. Prerequisites:Successful completion of Medical Terminology and Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology within three years. Books not included

    XAHS 524-W02

    7/14-8/15

    $249

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    Health Care Data Content

    Learn generic components of medical record content and the use and structure of health care data, and how it relates to primary and secondary records systems. Legal and ethical issues applicable to health information, and HIPPA are also covered. Books not included

    XHIM 505-W02

    XHIM 505-W03

    5/5-6/20

    8/18-10/17

    $249

    $249

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    ICD-9 Coding

    This course covers the history, uses and format of the diagnostic coding system used by physician offices around the world to track diseases. It includes practice to assign straightforward ICD-9 coding scenarios in order for students to have a background in the ICD-9 series.  The AHIMA CCA certification exam will continue to test on the ICD-9 series.  Prerequisite: Term 1 Coding Specialist Program.  Books not included.

    XHIM 521-W02

     

    5/5-31

     

    $229

     

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    Understanding Health Insurance

    This online course describes the organization, financing and delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on organization and activities of all health care facilities and medical reimbursement, from the billing process to the collection of the bill. Medical record management, the organization of the medical office, providers and filing for Medicare are also covered. Books not included

    XHIM 508 - W02

    6/23 - 7/25

    $249

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    ICD-10 Coding

    This course covers ICD-10 coding in complex coding situations and scenarios in the new ICD-10 series. Students will be prepared to understand ICD10 when implementation occurs. Implementation is scheduled to take place in October 2015.  Prerequisites: Term 1 of Coding Specialist Program and ICD-9. Books not included

    XHIM 522-W02

     

    6/23 - 7/31

    $319

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    CPT Coding Part I

    This online course introduces the history, application and format of the uniform language to accurately describe medical, surgical and diagnostic services as set forth by the American Medical Association. It includes practice to assign basic valid diagnostic and therapeutic procedure codes. Prerequisites: Term 1 and 2 of the Coding Specialist Program. Books not included

    XHIM 509-W02

    XHIM 509-W03

    5/7-6/20

    8/4-9/5

    $249

    $249

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    Electronic Health Records

    This course covers the new requirements for electronic health records, how data is stored, safety and security of health information, HIPPA and computer hardware and software designed for medical use. This course also looks at how the changing world of technology influences the quality and delivery of health care services today and in the future. Practical application is taught using electronic health record software. Book not included

    XHIM 511-W02

    XHIM 511-W03

    5/7-6/20

    8/4-9/5

    $249

    $249

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    CPT Coding Part II

    This is a continuation of CPT Coding Part I utilizing higher-level and more complex examples, case studies, records and scenarios of CPT coding. Emphasis is placed on practice to assign valid procedure codes.  Local students must begin the process of: completion of a two-step PPD test,  a drug screen and a background check now for the Externship class.  Late documentation for the Extern class will not be accepted.  Prerequisites: Terms 1 and 2 of the Coding Specialist Program and CPT Coding Part I.  All previous books needed for this course.

    XHIM 510-W03

    6/24-8/8

    $249

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    Coding Externship

    Students who have successfully completed all courses in the Coding Specialist curriculum can apply what they have learned at TTC in a real-world setting. This 80-hour course allows students to practice their coding skills in various scenarios. Distance students will complete all 80 hours online through virtual labs and online coding practice. Onsite externships are available in the Charleston area for local students.
    Local students will first complete 40 hours of online practice followed by 40 hours of onsite practice hours held Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Onsite local students must show proof of medical insurance, completion of a two-step PPD test, have a drug screen and a seven-year background check WITHIN THE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF THE CLASS, as well as successful completion of all courses within the Coding Specialist Program. Note: Some organizations require proof of additional immunizations and/or flu shot. All previous books required for this class, plus one new book.

    XHIM 512-W02

    XHIM 512-002

    XHIM 512-W03

    XHIM 512-003

    4/22-6/17

    4/22-6/17

    8/13-10/10

    8/13-10/10

    Online

    Onsite

    Online

    Onsite

    $299

    $299

    $299

    $299

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