SouthArk offers a one-year (3-semester) Technical Certificate in Medical Coding. In addition to the Technical Certificate, students will earn a Certificate of Proficiency (CP) upon successful completion of all first semester courses on the full-time pathway (17 credit hours). There are two pathway options; part-time and full-time. The program begins each fall semester. Application to the program is not required. The program has an open enrollment until filled.
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The Medical Coding program, which is mostly online, aims to prepare individuals for diagnostic and procedural coding positions in hospitals, physician offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, home care agencies, managed care organizations, and surgical centers. The program prepares graduates for the certification exam of their choice as well as real-world simulation through online instruction, expectation, and practice coding.
Students must successfully complete required program courses each semester with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to progress to the next level of the program and ALL courses in the program MUST be completed with a minimum grade of C.
The Medical Coding program utilizes weighted grades for each of the courses. Weighted grades determine how tests, quizzes, and other assignments should count towards the final grade.
The Practicum and Certification Preparation course (HCIT 2774) in the final semester (summer), consists of online certification exam preparation and a minimum of 45 hours of Practicum.
After successfully completing the Medical Coding TC program, students are eligible and encouraged to register for and take a certified coding exam such as but not limited to, the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Disclosure Statement for Vaccinations, Immunizations, and/or Testing/Screening Required by Clinical, Practicum, Fieldwork and/or Internship/Externship Sites
Students currently in, entering into, or applying for entry into any health science program at South Arkansas Community College must understand that:
- Successful completion of the clinical, practicum, fieldwork, and/or internship/externship program component is a requirement for graduation from these programs;
- Clinical, practicum, fieldwork, and/or internship/externship sites require students to have received certain vaccinations, immunizations, possibly including the Covid-19 vaccination, and to have successfully passed testing/screenings such as a drug screen and a criminal background check, in order to be allowed to attend clinical, etc., in their facility.
- Some facilities do not allow students to attend clinical, etc., in their facility until after the student has fully completed the Covid-19 vaccination doses recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Therefore, if the student has not received or completed the vaccinations and immunizations, including a complete Covid-19 vaccination (if applicable), and successfully passed testing/screenings that are required by the clinical, practicum, fieldwork, and/or internship/externship site(s) and has not yet successfully completed these required program components, the student will not graduate from the program.
- Successful graduation from the applicable health science program is required in order to sit for the profession’s licensure, certification, registration, etc., examination.
- The program graduate will not be able to work in the applicable health science profession if he/she is not licensed, certified, registered, etc., in the profession.