Our program teaches you to compile and process digital and traditional patient medical records in any health care setting while maintaining their security, integrity, confidentiality, and availability.
Some common skills and abilities needed for this program include clerical and computer knowledge; written, oral and reading comprehension; excellent near vision; critical-thinking skills; accuracy handling information; and the ability to evaluate information to comply with required standards.
We offer a Professional Certificate in Medical Coding, which can lead directly to employment or count toward the AAS degree. Curriculum incorporates the disciplines of medicine, management, information technology, and law; as a graduate, you’ll be well trained to work in large hospital systems or private physician practices.
Demand for skilled health information technicians is strong and continues to grow. Jobs also are available as coders, health information clerks, medical records clerks, and medical records analysts. Salaries range from $22,300 to $34,100.
Data Sources – The website mynextmove.org, which is developed and maintained by the National Center for O*NET Development, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).
- This program is offered online with clinicals at various locations.
SFCC’s AAS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). When you complete the AAS program, you may take the national credentialing exam for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). If you receive a Professional Certificate in Medical Coding, you can take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exam to become a certified coder.
Program data for 2017-2018 academic year:
- National average RHIT pass rate (first-time test takers) – 61 percent
- SFCC’s average RHIT pass rate – 67 percent
- National average CCA pass rate (first-time test takers) – 68 percent
- SFCC’s average pass rate – 89 percent
- Total declared majors – 104
- AAS in Health Information Technology – 8
- Professional Certificate in Medical Coding – 5