Health Science

Medical CodingMedical Coding and Billing - Certificate

The Medical Coding and Billing certificate prepares students for rewarding career opportunities in the fields of Health Information Management and Healthcare Professional Services. Because medicine is not always an exact science, codes were developed to identify all reasons for seeking healthcare. The code numbers are detailed in order to accurately describe the diagnoses and the procedures performed to test or correct these diagnoses. Students in HGTC's Medical Coding and Billing certificate program receive in-depth instruction on medical record coding and billing practices in the professional, facility, and payer healthcare industry. Hands-on coding practice takes place in classroom/lab settings and healthcare facilities. Courses are available online and on-site.

The program prepares students for coding/billing certifications with NHA, AHIMA, and AAPC

For more information, contact:

Ann Daniels (843) 477-2168

Credit Requirements: 39 semester credit hours | See Program Requirements»

 

Career Outlook

Medical coding involves transforming descriptions of diseases, injuries, and healthcare procedures into code numbers. Coding health-related data allows health records to be accessed according to diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Common uses of medical codes in healthcare include:

  • Reporting services performed for reimbursement.
  • Identifying symptoms that must be evaluated.
  • Helping with administrative functions, such as staffing, scheduling, and adding or decreasing healthcare services.
  • Comparing facilities and planning for new services in underserved areas.

Medical coders and billers can find employment opportunities in the following settings:

  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Nursing care facilities

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Doctor's Care
  • Practice Management Group
  • Georgetown/Waccamaw Hospital
  • Waccamaw Gastroenterology
  • Vaught Eye Associates
  • Management Services Network
  • Reliable Durable Medical Equipment
  • Indigo Rehab Therapy
  • South Strand Internist
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield – Tricare at Surfside
  • HGTC HIM Department

    Curriculum Sequence

    First Semester - Fall    
    AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3
    BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4
    ENG 155 Communications I 3
    HIM 103 Introduction to Health Information & Coding 3
    Second Semester - Spring    
    HIM 130 Billing and Reimbursement 3
    HIM 135 Medical Pathology 3
    HIM 138 Pharmacology of Medical Record Coding 2
    HIM 140 Current Procedural Terminology I 3
    HIM 216 Coding and Classification I 3
    Third Semester - Summer    
    HIM 141 Current Procedure Terminology 3
    HIM 150 Coding Practicum I 3
    HIM 225 Coding and Classification II 3
    HIM 266 Computers in Healthcare 3
     

    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

    39

    This program requires students to participate in an externship within a healthcare facility, which requires Criminal Background Check and Health Sciences Physical Form, including immunizations, CPR certification, and other items.