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Program Overview

Medical Coder/Biller, Applied Technology Diploma (A.T.D.)

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) National Certification Exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The Medical Coder/Biller program is designed to prepare students for coding careers in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and insurance companies. Coding professionals read and analyze medical records, convert medical record data to diagnosis and procedure codes, and use codes to receive proper reimbursement for healthcare services.

The program content includes, but is not limited to, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, coding systems, fundamentals of disease processes, healthcare delivery systems, basics of medical records services, ethical and legal responsibilities, safety/security procedures, basic data processing, and employability skills. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) National Certification Exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Locations

Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)

Testing Entrance Requirements

On the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), students must succeed with a score of 9 in math, 11 in language, and 11 in reading by the end of the program.

Hours

Program hours will vary. Courses are offered in both hybrid and online formats.

Costs

  • Tuition: $3,822.84
  • Estimated Lab Fees: $270.00
  • Books: $2,297.74
  • CCA Certification Exam: $299.00

Total Cost: $6,689.58

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Completion Rate

100%

Job Placement Rate

N/A%

State Licensure Rate

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The median annual salary for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in the state of Florida is $37,470.

Industry job titles include:
• Entry Level Coder
• Medical Record Coder
• Clinical Coder
• Coding Technician
• Coding Clerk
• Medical Coder/Biller

Employment Opportunities

The need for health information professionals is projected to grow 11% by 2028, much faster than the average job growth rate, according to the Department of Labor.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • UF Health
  • Lake City Medical Center
  • Meridian
  • Aspire Dental Group
  • And many more!

Program Details

Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • Applicants must complete a Florida Gateway College application
  • Applicants must complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) with a score of 9 in math, 11 in language, and 11 in reading by the end of the program.
Program Notes

Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to the Health Information Technology, A.S. degree (HIMT).

Program Guide & Syllabi

The following is a suggested sequence for the required courses:

Summer Semester: 16 Credit Hours

  • CGS 1570 – Computer Applications 3 credits
  • HSC 2531 – Medical Terminology 3 credits
  • BSC 2084C – Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
  • HIM 1433 – Human Diseases 3 credits
  • One of the following speech classes:
  • ORI 2000 – Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation 3 credits or
  • SPC 1017 – Oral Communications 3 credits or
  • SPC 1061 – Introduction to Academic and Professional Speaking 3 credits or
  • SPC 2608 – Public Speaking 3 credits

Fall Semester: 9 Credit Hours

  • HIM 1300 – Health Care Delivery Systems 3 credits
  • HIM 2012 – Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology 3 credits
  • HIM 2282 – ICD-10-CM Coding 3 credits

Spring Semester: 12 Credit Hours

  • HIM 2723 – ICD-10-PCS Coding 3 credits
  • HIM 2273C – Medical Billing and Insurance 3 credits
  • HIM 2283 – Advanced Medical Coding 3 credits
  • HIM 2253 – Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3 credits

Medical Coder/Biller Total 37 Credit Hours

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and solve health information technology (HIT) problems.
  • Apply diagnostic and procedure codes according to current guidelines.
  • Communicate appropriately about HIT issues.
Book List & Materials
  • HSC 2531 Medical Terminology
    • Medical Terminology: A Living Language, 7th Edition (Pearson)
      ISBN: 0134760611 | 9780134760612
  • HIM 2253 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
    • Coding CPT 2020 Professional Edition (American Medical Association)
      ISBN: 978-1-62202-898-6
      Basic CPT and HCPCS Coding, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267478
  • HIM 2273C Medical Billing and Insurance
    • Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement, 14th Edition (Cengage)
      ISBN: 9781337554220
  • HIM 2283 Advanced Medical Coding
    • ICD-10-CM Code Book, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267317
    • ICD-10-PCS Codebook, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267133
    • CPT 2020 Professional Edition (American Medical Association)
      ISBN: 978-1-62202-898-6
    • Clinical Coding Workout: Practice Exercises for Skill Development, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267379
  • HIM 2723 ICD-10-PCS Coding
    • ICD-10-PCS Codebook, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267133
    • ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267539
  • HIM 1300 Healthcare Delivery Systems
    • Introduction to Health Information Management, First Edition, with Course Navigator (Paradigm)
      ISBN: 9780763860714
  • HIM 2012 Legal Aspects of HIM
    • Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management, Third Edition (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584265306
  • HIM 2282 ICD-10-CM Coding
    • ICD-10-CM Code Book, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267317
    • Basic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding, 2020 (AHIMA Press)
      ISBN: 9781584267447
  • HIM 1433 Human Disease
    • Human Diseases, 5th Edition (Cengage)
      ISBN: 9781337396790