We are moving! The Health Information programs will relocate to the new, state-of-the-art campus in Loxahatchee Groves in May 2017.
In health care’s data-driven environment, the alphanumeric codes assigned to patient records carry great significance. Each code represents a diagnosis, procedure or medical test. Physicians, insurance companies, health care facilities and patients rely on these codes for clinical, reimbursement and research purposes.
Medical coders/billers are the professionals responsible for assigning the correct codes using various classification systems, depending on whether the patient was treated in a physician’s office, hospital or ambulatory setting, or long-term care facility. Needless to say, it’s an expertise that’s in high demand.
This program is one of only four in Florida approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) of the AHIMA Foundation.
Earn Important Credentials
Upon completion of the program students may sit for the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate or CCA certification examination and/or the American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coder or CPC certification examination. Palm Beach State’s pass rate for the CCA exam is 100%.
Visit the Health programs home page to learn about:
- Admissions & Application Instructions
- Info Sessions
What You Will Study
This College Credit Certificate program was developed to deliver the learning objectives of both the Florida Department of Education and AHIMA.
You’ll gain knowledge and abilities in:
- Inpatient & Outpatient Coding
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Health Information Management
- Documentation Principles
- Computer Software
- Medicolegal Standards
- Health Insurance & Regulations
Get details about coursework.
How You Will Study
This program is offered in a hybrid format, in which students use technology continuously and engage with faculty and each other, both in the classroom and online, in each course throughout the program.
Are you new to online learning? These quick self-assessments will help you understand the technical skills, time commitment and other factors that will impact your success as a student.
Students will participate in course activities, including class attendance, reading, homework, lab activities and other course requirements approximately 8 to 12 hours a week per course.
Course content is “threaded” knowledge. This means each course contains the knowledge and skills needed for the courses that follow. The recommended course sequence maximizes student success.
Knowledge and skills are reinforced through hands-on learning in virtual lab environments that simulate current industry tasks.
Service learning is a vital aspect of our program. Service learning provides opportunities for students to interact with health information professionals in our local business community.
Practicum: During the final semester, students take part in a virtual practicum. This course is a capstone that incorporates all the knowledge and skills of the previous courses taken in the program. Students will work with real, de-identified medical records donated by local and national health care providers. Students will code records using encoder software for patients treated in physician offices, inpatient hospitals, emergency rooms and ambulatory surgery facilities.
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