Applied Technology Diploma
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries and procedures into alphanumeric designations. Responsibilities include coding of diagnoses and procedures; preparation and processing of insurance claims. Medicare and other third party payors use coded data for claims processing. Coded information is used in the assessment of clinical care, to support research activity, and the identification of health care concerns critical to the public at large.
This limited access program prepares graduates for employment as a health care/medical coder or biller in a variety of settings. The program is a combination of professional courses including lecture, laboratory and clinical education components. Confidentiality and legal concerns are also covered. Professional practice experiences are provided in local health care facilities under the supervision of qualified professional personnel. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded an Applied Technology Diploma.
- Applicant must have earned a high school diploma or equivalency degree.
- Applicant must complete Medical Coder/Biller program application. (Contact the HIM office for application deadline).
- Applicant must be currently enrolled or a former Florida Community College student.
- Applicant must have completed a minimum of nine credit hours of prerequisites. The specific prerequisites for admission are Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 2085C), Medical Terminology (for Health Professions) (HSC 1531) and Health Insurance Billing (HIM 1260). A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all prerequisite courses. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
- Applicant must have CPTs (College Placement Test Scores) by the Medical Coder/Biller program application deadline.
Applicants will be ranked on the quality points earned in the three courses listed in number four above. Students who verify work experience in health information management will earn two points per year, up to a maximum of six points. In the event of a tie, the College Placement Test scores (English, reading and elementary algebra) will be used as a tie-breaker.
Students completing this program may continue their studies with a Health Information Management A.S. degree.
A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.
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Total Credit Hours: 26