Health Information Coding Specialist

What will this program do for me?
Prepares students to code medical records according to ICD-9-CM coding classifications and CPT-4 nomenclature systems. Students are trained to accurately code diagnoses and procedures, utilize reimbursement methods, collect specific data for reimbursement and reporting purposes. Emphasis on coding of records manually and with encoders. This certificate program allows graduates to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Certification Examination offered by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).

What kind of job can I get once I complete the program?
Employment opportunities may be found in ambulatory care settings, clinics, software companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, billing offices, and other health care settings.

How much can I earn in this career?
Salaries range from $25,000 - $50,000 per year. Please refer to Occupational Outlook Handbook for current information on salary and job prospects.

How long will the program take?
A minimum of three semesters and academic experience. Go to Program Curriculum for specific course requirements.

Where will classes be held?
John Adams Campus. Please check the Schedules for Credit Classes for more information on class times and locations.

Where do I get more information?
John Adams Campus, Room 115 or contact Marie Conde, program advisor, by e-mail: mconde@ccsf.edu or call (415) 561-1818.

What time of day are classes offered?
Fall semester classes are offered during the day and spring semester classes are offered both during the day and evening. Please refer to the Schedules for Credit Classes for more information on class times and locations.

When do classes start?
Spring semester classes start in January and fall semester classes start in August. Please check the Schedules for Credit Classes for more information on class times and locations.

What are the requirements for certification? 
Completion of all courses within the HIT curriculum with a "C" grade or higher and a grade point average of 2.0. Please refer to Program Curriculum for specific requirement information.

How do I enroll?
Take the City College Placement Test and attend the program orientation. You must then arrange for an appointment with an advisor. You may also enroll on the first day of classes after meeting with the program advisor. Bring your placement scores and unofficial transcripts for any classes you have completed

How much money can I expect to spend?
Please refer to Tuition Information for specifics on costs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 239-3576. (Books and supplies are generally $200 - $250).