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Health Information Management - Coding and Billing (Fall Admission) Degree

Information Technology Division

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Mission

To provide Medical Coding graduates for entry level positions in the various healthcare settings meeting the educational, economic, and healthcare delivery system needs.

Description

Medical Coders regularly communicate with physicians for clarification of patient diagnoses and procedures. They must have a good background in medical terminology and disease processes. Coders utilize patient health information to appropriately assign numerical codes for billing and reimbursemt. Coders must understand government and insurance regulations and guidelines. Coders also abstract information from the health record to be used in research, internal and external health statistics. Coders must be able to work independently, pay attention to detail and possess good communication skills.

Coders are employed in any type of facility that provides patient care. Entry-level positions begin around $25,000-30,000 annually. Salary ranges vary by geographical location.

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Biology, Keyboarding

College None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Yes

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

Departmental Approval

Yes

Prior Experience/Observation

No
Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

Yes

MMR Immunization or Titer

Yes

Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer

Yes

Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

No

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Negative Drug Screen

Yes

Satisfactory Background Check

Yes

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Transportation and Materials

  • Students are responsible for transportation and/or room and board during clinical practice.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing uniforms and accessories prior to beginning their clinical practice.

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL

Yes

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: HIM

Yes

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

Curriculum Completion Requirement

24 months

Yes

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

No

Re-entry Policy

No

Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.