The Medical Coding: Hospital-Based program is designed to prepare individuals for diagnostic and procedural coding positions. The program includes theoretical and laboratory instruction on the Phoenix College campus as well as a professional practice affiliation in an area health care setting.
The work of a medical coder may include:
- Computer data entry
- Transporting paper records
- Lifting of records
- Extended periods of sitting
With training in medical coding you will be prepared to work in hospital-based settings such as hospital outpatient clinics, emergency departments, inpatient facilities, or hospital sponsored surgery centers. The program includes a professional practice affiliation in an area health care setting and provides the foundation needed for ambulatory-based entry-level coding certification examinations.
In this program you can earn the following:
Many of the certificate program courses are part of the AAS degree program in Health Information Technology. Starting with a certificate program could give you a feel for the profession while earning credits that transfer to the degree program.
Career and Employment Outlook
Certified coders are in demand. Although certification is provided by professional organizations unrelated to this program, this curriculum will provide the strong theoretical foundation needed for selected credentialing examinations. Entry-level salaries vary depending on qualifications, prior health-related experience, and type of facility.
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