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2023-2024 Catalog 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

HIT Medical Coding AAS

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Program Description

Health Information Technology (HIT) is the combination study of healthcare and information technology. The Medical Coding student has the option to complete the HIT Medical Coding Certificate and test for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam. This will make the student immediately employable for an entry-level or mid-level position as a certified coder in an acute-care hospital, ambulatory, long-term or skilled-care nursing facility, physician office, insurance company, and any other setting using medical coding.

Specialization is growing in all areas of coding and coding management, allowing the coding professional to narrow or broaden their scope of practice through new and innovative roles within the healthcare field (e.g., clinical data specialist, medical records reviewer, medical records field technician, remote medical coder, reimbursement specialist, various registries, and coding auditor).

PCC’s HIT programs, staff, and students are affiliated with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the premier national association of health information management (HIM) professionals and the leading source of HIM knowledge.

After completing the stringent processes through the American Health Information Management Association to be identified with the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) and successfully earning the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accreditation, PCC HIT students are not only prepared to earn the AHIMA Medical Coding Credentials, they are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam.