Medical Coding | Mercy College

Medical Coding

Program Information

The Medical Coding certificate program will prepare students to work as part of the healthcare team as integral members of the health information industry. Medical coders are responsible for selecting the appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes of various medical services for data analysis and reimbursement.
The program will include didactic and simulated laboratory components specifically designed to prepare students for entry into professional practice as medical coders and prepare them to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Mercy College’s Medical Coding certificate program is 26 credit hours spanning three semesters. Program content includes several courses that currently exist as part of the Associate degree program in Health Information Technology (HIT) at Mercy College. The credit certificate program in Medical Coding will allow the student to smoothly transition into the Associate degree program in HIT if they choose or employment trends dictate the need to do so.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the end of the certificate program, students will be able to:
  1. Review health records for timeliness, accuracy, appropriateness and completeness of healthcare documentation
  2. Perform processes related to collection, storage and retrieval of healthcare data/records.
  3. Code, abstract, classify and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis.
  4. Review, abstract, and compile health data for reimbursement, patient care research, clinical registries and other informational needs.

Program Outcomes Data (PDF)