The Advanced Hospital Coding program is not an entry-level program. This program is designed specifically for students with previous coding experience or education, and for students who have completed either the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding or the Medical Billing and Coding program by itself.
Advanced Hospital Coding students should have:
- High school diploma/GED
- Minimum two years of experience with medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology
- ICD-9-CM coding experience or ICD-10-CM/PCS coding experience or previous training
- CPT/HCPCS Level II coding experience or previous training
If you intend on enrolling to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Have one of the following credentials: RHIA®, RHIT®, or CCS®/CCS-P® OR
- Complete a coding training program that teaches anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/ advanced ICD diagnostic / procedural coding OR
- Perform a minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes OR
- Have another coding credential from a certifying organization plus one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes
Important Note: If you do not qualify for the CCS exam, you may be eligible for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) an entry-level certification exam offered by AHIMA or the American Association of Professional Coders Apprentice level certification, the Certified Professional Coder Apprentice (CPC-A) or Certified Inpatient Coder (CICTM). This course will prepare you for those certifications as well, and you’ll find more information about them in the Certification Prep lesson at the end of the course.