Certified Coding Specialist Preparation
Skilled diagnostic coding is recognized as one of the top growth occupations for the future. This program is designed for those wishing to secure employment in hospitals, insurance companies, physicians' offices as well as private consulting firms.
The Certified Coding Specialist Program consists of the following 10 Required Courses:
MR-1500 - Medical Terminology
MR-1510 - Anatomy and Physiology
MR-2500 - ICD-9-CM Coding
MR-2510 - ICD-10 CM and ICD-10 PCS Coding
MR-3500 CPT-HCPCS Coding
MR-4500 Advanced CPT Coding
MR-2300 - HIM Procedures and Clinical Documentation
MR-2520 Interpretation of Laboratory Results
MR-2525 Pharmacology for Medical Records Personnel
MR-6000 Medical Encoding
MR-8100 Coding Review Course
Become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or (CCS-P) or a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Prepare for Coding Certification
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) administers examinations to certify coders. The exams test ICD and CPT coding skills beyond the entry level, therefore, coding experience is highly recommended. The CCA/CCS affords professional recognition to the individual who possesses the credential. This recognition means that the individual has specialized skills that meet a national standard. This may assist an employer in making hiring, promotion, or compensation decisions.
For further information regarding the CCA, CCS or CCS-P exams please visit the AHIMA web site at http://www.ahima.org/certexams?tabid=coding
Enrollment in Molloy's Coding Specialist Preparation Certificate program, satisfies the educational requirements to qualify as a student member with AHIMA. To be eligible for the discounted student membership rate an applicant cannot hold an AHIMA credential and must be currently enrolled in a formal certificate or degree granting program directly relevant to AHIMA's purpose. Membership benefits include access to all of their resources (AHIMA Job Bank, free webinars, mentorship programs, career resources and access to the AHIMA HIM Body of KnowledgeTM (an electronic library of articles) as well as a discount on all products and services .
To apply for student membership with AHIMA, please contact their Customer Relations Team by calling 1800.335.5535 or online at http://www.ahima.org/membertypes?tabid=student
Student Testimonial: "Just thought you would like to know that I finished the review class on Thursday night, and took the CCA exam on Friday morning, and I PASSED!! I just want to say "Thank you!" to everyone at Molloy, it was a great experience and I plan to be back for another coding review when I'm ready to take the CCS exam. A year ago, I had only hoped that I would be able to do this, and now I did it!! I really feel like I can go out there and be a CODER!
Wendy M. (student)
Coding Specialist Preparation Certificate Program
Certificates and Certificate Requirements
A course certificate is awarded upon successful completion of each individual course. A larger program certificate, suitable for framing, is awarded at the completion of the Certified Coding Specialist program. The program certificate requires successful completion of 10 courses listed above.
Course certificates are usually mailed out automatically 1-2 weeks after course grades have been submitted. However, students should contact the Office of Continuing Education at 516.323.3550 or by e-mail at: email@example.com at the completion of the program to have a program certificate issued.
Course Schedules and Locations
Courses are typically offered throughout the year on day, evening and weekend schedules. The courses can be taken at either our Rockville Centre campus or at our Suffolk Center in East Farmingdale. You may begin your studies at any time.
The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this webpage. We will also email you monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalog or join our mailing list.
Plan of Study
Regardless of the certificate title you pursue, the following four core courses are required in each program and it is suggested that you start your studies with Medical Terminology and/or Anatomy and Physiology:
MR-1500 - Medical Terminology
MR-1510 - Anatomy and Physiology
MR-2510 - ICD-10 and ICD-10 PCS Coding
MR-3500 - CPT-HCPCS Coding
Please note that a number of the courses do have prerequisites and that those prerequisites will be listed in the course descriptions.
Students will have a choice as to which ICD Coding course they would like to take: ICD-9-CM Coding (MR-2500) or ICD-10 and ICD-10 PCS Coding (MR-2510). Current coding will be done using ICD-9-CM Coding. ICD-10 and ICD-10 PCS Coding is scheduled to be implemented in October, 2015. Students who will be graduating prior to October, 2015 are advised to take ICD-9-CM Coding. Students who will be graduating around or after to October, 2015 are advised to take ICD-10 and ICD-10 PCS Coding.
The number of sessions that a course meets, as well as the tuition for the courses, varies from course to course. However, most classes meet for 5-8 sessions and the average tuition rate is $275.
You may proceed through the program at your own pace, taking as few or as many courses as you would like, as long as you have the necessary prerequisites. However, most students are typically taking about 2 courses at a time. At that rate students would be able to complete the requirements for the certificate in 9-12 months. There is no time limit to complete the certificate requirements.
Should you need assistance in selecting your courses or if you should have any question regarding the program, please call 516-323-3557 or email Ann McTigue at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the schedule of classes. The course location is listed in the section information for each course.
Free Career Seminar
Not sure if this career is right for you? Attend our free career seminar. This career seminar is led by experienced professionals who will offer real advice about career and academic paths and talk about both the satisfactions and challenges of their own chosen careers. The seminar is one and a half hours long, given in the evening and offered twice a year - every September and January. There is no charge for the seminar, which is held on our Rockville Centre campus. Click here for a current schedule of classes and to register.
Students should register for classes at least one week prior to the start of classes to insure enough time for you to get your confirmation and parking permit. However, you can register up until the day of class. Please note that some of our classes do close out and some of our classes do cancel, so you may be taking a chance of not getting into the course of your choice by waiting.
To register online, in person, by phone, by fax or by mail, click here. Confirmation of your registration and classroom assignments will be mailed or emailed to you upon receipt of your registration.
Tuition varies for each course and the tuition rate can be found in the course listings in each section, in the course descriptions or in the schedule of classes. There are no course fees. Payment is due at time of registration; however, purchase orders will also be accepted if you register by mail or by fax. Some forms of financial assistance are available (see below). The total tuition for the entire Certified Coding Specialist Preparartion certificate program is $2,800.
This program is approved for Veterans Benefits, as well as for Displaced Homemakers and/or Dislocated Workers.
See our Tuition, Financial Aid & Refund Information page for details. Since most continuing education courses do not lead to a college degree, they are not eligible for the traditional forms of financial aid, such as TAP and/or Pell. Some private lenders will help you finance continuing education and certificate programs.
If you wish to challenge the course Medical Terminology (MR-1500) and/or Anatomy and Physiology (MR-1510), based upon prior work experience and/or education, you may take a challenge/waiver exam. Call the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development to schedule an appointment.
If you are already an RN or a Physician you are automatically waived from Medical Terminology (MR-1500) and Anatomy and Physiology (MR-1500). Attach a copy of your license to your registration form. Click here for a registration form.
If you should have any questions regarding this program, contact Ann McTigue at email@example.com or at 516.323.3557.
Have questions regarding our schedules and/or registration status? Email the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516.323.3550.