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The Coding Specialist program starts twice per year, spring (January) and fall (August) terms and consists of five online coding courses, if you have first completed the three prerequisite courses. Students entering the online Coding Specialist program must first have taken the following prerequisite courses within the last 12 months in order to enter the Coding Specialist program:

  • Medical Terminology, XAHS 522, 6 weeks, $99
  • Pathopharmacology, XAHS 508, 6 weeks, $99
  • Healthcare Data, XAHS 514, 5 weeks, $99

The prerequisite courses are "the" important foundation to accurately code. Having a high level of competence in them is the only way to read and understand patient medical records in order to accurately code. The prerequisite courses above are not Scholarship eligible, they have been discounted, and must be paid by the student as they take each one.

You can register and pay for multiple courses upfront or you can register and pay as you go. As a medical coder, you analyze patient electronic health records, and physician notes, and assign the proper codes to any medical procedure and diagnosis. You are responsible for translating medical procedures into a coded form for reimbursement payment from insurance companies. TTC’s curriculum teaches toward two national certifications: AAPC credential CPC (Certified Professional Coder) and AHIMA credential CCA or CCS (Certified Coding Associate or Certified Coding Specialist). Both are recognized by employers. Learn More >

Once you have successfully completed this program, you are also eligible to continue your education with TTC and complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management.

If you currently work in health care and only need a few courses to prepare for a coding certification, you may enroll in just the courses you need. Contact the program manager, Judy Martin, for consultation or more information.

Health Care Data Content and Electronic Health Records for Coding

Study recordkeeping practices for electronic health records. Become familiar with patient record content and concepts regarding the use and maintenance of electronic health records. Explore procedures in the filing, numbering, and retention of patient records along with indexes and registers. Discover how to perform quantitative analysis. Learn the federal HIPAA guidelines for the release of patient information. Understand the regulatory and accrediting agencies associated with these records and the data contained within them.  Prerequisite courses are required before entering Part II of the Coding Specialist program. <b>Students must</b> have daily access to a <b>computer with high-speed internet access, a webcam, and microphone</b>, Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. <b><i>Using a phone or any mobile device to complete a course is <u>not </u>recommended or reliable.</i></b> Part I prerequisite courses are not Scholarship eligible.  To enroll in this course 'add to cart', pay and check out online, or contact the Registration office at: ce.reg@tridenttech.edu  843-574-6152. Successful completion of Medical Terminology and Pathopharmacology is required prior to taking this course. The Coding Specialist Program Part I consists of the 3 prerequisite courses needed to enter Part II of the Coding Specialist program. All courses run consecutively in the schedule. Coding Specialist Part I: medical terminology, pathopharmacology, healthcare data & EHR, all taken in this order. Coding Specialist Part II: health insurance, I-10 coding, CPT coding.

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION*

Course ID: XHIM-514
Class ID: 17660
Format: Online
Location:
$99.00

Start Date: 11/06/2024
End Date: 12/13/2024
Class Details


Medical Coding Specialist Part II

Coding Specialist Part II - Scholarship eligible  Program Description: Medical Coders work for hospitals, and physician offices in records and reimbursement. Coders read patient records containing medical terminology, procedures, disease diagnosis, and insurance information. Coders analyze, research and audit health records in order to code for reimbursement. This is a complex and fast-paced learning program, students will learn a great deal of information in a short period of time. Over the past 5 semesters 62% of students that start the coding program are successful in completing it. Learning online is not for every student. All courses run consecutively. Coders must have a good understanding of the basic sciences. See Part I: https://tridenttech.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=17658&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=9&int_catalog_id=0    To decide if medical coding is right for you please view these short videos from coding experts;   http://youtu.be/qlXKdUV_eRE  This video is a must-see!  https://youtu.be/tWBXte0RN8w  The difference between billing and coding. There are many rules for accurate coding and it takes a great deal of practice, research, and expertise to master. Coding instructors often state that learning medical coding is similar to learning a foreign language. The schedule is tightly scheduled to reduce the program length of time. Asynchronous learning allows students to <u>learn on their own schedule, within a certain timeframe; the start date, and the end date.</u>  The curriculum teaches toward <u>two national certifications</u> required by employers: the AAPC credential CPC (Certified Professional Coder) www.aapc.com the AHIMA credential CCA or CCS (Certified Coding Associate or Certified Coding Specialist) www.ahima.org Requirements for Coding Part II: Students entering Part II are first required to have successfully completed Coding Part I within the past 12 months; medical terminology, pathopharmacology, and Healthcare Data & EHR. If student is a current RN, registered nurse, prerequisites are not needed. Students must have daily access to a computer with high-speed internet access, a webcam, and microphone, Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. Using a phone or any mobile device to complete a course is <u>not </u>recommended or reliable. Students must purchase the online e-books. See below for costs. How to register for Coding Part II courses: Students must provide documentation of the three prerequisite courses taken, (within the past 12 months), or if you are a registered nurse, provide a copy of their current RN license and identification with the scholarship application.  Scholarships pay the tuition cost for all 5 courses in Part II listed below. Students must purchase books. To be eligible for the Scholarship students must have completed Part I prerequisites. Apply only once and attach identification:  <b><i>SC Wins Scholarship Application</i></b>  https://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/funding/workforce-pathways-scholarship.htm    The Registration office will email students within 2 weeks to process. Coding Specialist Part II Online e-book costs: <u>e-Textbooks:</u>  Students must purchase Cengage Unlimited 12-month access subscription, $222, needed and used for all courses, and McGraw Hill Medical Insurance, $100. Both are available at the TTC Bookstore, bldg 950.    <u>e-Coding manuals:</u>  Students must purchase the Optum Encoder Pro 12-month subscription, $120 needed for all 4 coding courses below; the 2nd thru the 5th courses in Part II. Available at the TTC Bookstore, bldg 950. Do not activate until the course start date.  Coding Specialist Part II: <b>PART II</b> <b>FALL 2024</b>  Health Insurance xhim508>  8/12-9/27/24  I-10-CM coding xhim502> 9/30-11/15/24  I-10-PCS coding xhim503> 11/18-1/24/25  CPT 1 coding xhim509> 1/27/25-3/14/25 CPT 2 coding  xhim 510> 3/17-5/04/25  

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION*

Course ID: XHIM-600
Class ID: 17657
Format: Online
Location:
$2,500.00

Start Date: 08/12/2024
End Date: 05/04/2025
Class Details


Medical Terminology - Part I Coding

Learning medical terminology well is necessary in order <u>to accurately code medical information</u>. Master the medical vocabulary and the terminology used in patient health records in this online course. Study word parts, root words, general application, abbreviations, medical terminology, and body systems. Medical terminology is the basic foundation needed for accurate coding.  To decide if medical coding is right for you <u>please view these short videos</u> from coding experts; http://youtu.be/qlXKdUV_eRE  This video is a must-see!  https://youtu.be/tWBXte0RN8w  The difference between billing and coding. The Coding Specialist Program Part I is needed to enter Part II of the Coding Specialist program. All courses run consecutively in the schedule. All 3 courses must be taken in this order. Part I prerequisite courses are not Scholarship-eligible.  Coding Specialist Part I consists of: medical terminology pathopharmacology healthcare data & EHR <b>Requirements: </b>Students must have daily access to a <b>computer with high-speed internet access, a webcam, and microphone</b>, Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. <b><i>Using a phone or any mobile device to complete a course is <u>not </u>recommended or reliable.</i></b> <u>To Register</u>; simply 'add to cart', check out and pay online. Registration ends 8/6/24. Special Notice: Online e-books are used in all courses in the Coding Specialist program, Part I & Part II; the Cengage Unlimited 12-month access card is $222 and available at the TTC Bookstore, bldg 950. <u>This gives students access to all the e-textbooks needed in Medical Terminology, Pathopharmacology, Healthcare Data, and all the coding courses in Part II. </u>This 12-month access card can be purchased at the TTC Bookstore. This is great a cost saving for students. The Cengage Unlimited information is covered on the start day-Orientation of this course after logging on to D2L. Students receive email login instructions one-week before the start date.  See the schematic track for the Coding Specialist parts I & II below:    Not Scholarship eligible  Part I                 Fall 2024   Prerequisites   Course Dates Medical Terminology 8/12-9/20/24 #17658 Pathopharmacology 9/25-11/1, #17659 HC Data & E.H.R 11/6-12/13/24, #17660         V  Scholarship eligible Part II, XHIM600-17920,           Spring 2025 Health Insurance 1/13-2/28/25 I-10CM Coding 3/5-4/25/25 I-10 PCS Coding 4/30-6/20/25 CPT 1 Coding 6/25-8/15/25 CPT 2 Coding 8/20-10/12/25

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION*

Course ID: XAHS-522
Class ID: 17658
Format: Online
Location:
$99.00

Start Date: 08/12/2024
End Date: 09/20/2024
Class Details


Pathopharmacology for Part I Coding

Learn the diseases of the human body and the medications used to treat them. This is a prerequisite course required to enter the Coding Specialist Part II program. This course is not Scholarship eligible. To enroll in this course 'add to cart', pay and check out online, or contact the Registration office at ce.reg@tridenttech.edu 843-574-6152. Prerequisite: Medical Terminology must be taken prior to taking this Pathopharmacology course.  <b>Students must</b> have daily access to a <b>computer with high-speed internet access, a webcam, and microphone</b>, Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. <b><i>Using a phone or any mobile device to complete a course is <u>not </u>recommended or reliable.</i></b> Coding Specialist Part I consists of 3 prerequisite courses needed to enter Part II of the Coding Specialist program. All courses run consecutively in the schedule and must be taken in order as each course builds upon the next course, see below. Coding Specialist Part I: medical terminology, pathopharmacology, healthcare data & EHR. Coding Specialist Part II: health insurance, I-10 coding, CPT coding.

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION*

Course ID: XAHS-508
Class ID: 17659
Format: Online
Location:
$99.00

Start Date: 09/25/2024
End Date: 11/01/2024
Class Details