UNC Charlotte’s Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program offers in-depth training that will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a new career, re-enter the workforce, or refresh and broaden current skills. Properly trained medical coding specialists perform the coding tasks that support the processing of medical billings, implement proper reporting of transactions, and support secure health information management. Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems software. The classification system determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system. Coders may use several coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory settings, physician offices, or long-term care.
It is the goal of UNC Charlotte’s Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program to provide the necessary training to produce highly valued medical coding professionals. For those currently in the medical coding field, the program will provide the knowledge to become a more effective and productive coding specialist. The curriculum emphasizes familiarity with the medical office administration profession along with basic medical office procedures that focus on code identification and the ability to perform coding functions. Coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics, medical clinics, long-term and home health care facilities. Medical Coding Specialists are also employed by consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.
Course work will include Introduction to Medical Coding / Healthcare Information Documentation, Diagnosis Coding, Procedure Coding, and Coding Guidelines and Processes for Out-Patient / In-Patient Services.
All course materials will be provided electronically. Registered students will receive access instructions in their enrollment reminder emails prior to class.
UNC Charlotte’s Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program is an exam and attendance based program. In addition, students must earn a grade of 70% or above on all exams and meet minimum attendance requirements to earn the certificate.
To receive your record of attendance, full participation is expected. Participants must be present at the beginning of each course and be in attendance through the duration of each course in order to receive the record of attendance. Credit hours will only be adjusted under extenuating circumstances.