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Getting Your Coding Certification: An Academic Pathway Where can I go?

ICP: Independent Coding Program (no peer review) »Credithoursmaytransferonlyfromregionally accreditedcentersoflearning »Completiontimevaries AHIMA-Approved Coding Program (ACCP Reviewed) »ProgressiontoHIMAssociateDegreepossiblewith potentialtransfercredithours »Completiontimevaries,typically,9­12months

What are the coding credential options?

Entry Level Certified Coding Associate ( CCA)

Once I have my coding certificate what can I become?

Non-Approved Independent Coding Program Prepares Students

Targeted Payor setting »Biller /Coder »Insurance Claims Clerk

AHIMA-Approved Coding Program Prepares Students for:

Specific responsibilities »Acute Care Coder »Ambulatory Coder »Physician Specialty Coder

CAHIIM-Accredited HIM Associate Degree Program Prepares Students For:

Broader responsibilities »Coder »Coding Supervisor »Compliance Officer »Charge Master Auditor »Clinical Data Dictionary Analyst »Other positions with an emphasis on coding and data analysis

How can I further my HIM education?

Professional Advanced Coding Certifications--CCS and CCS-P Attend a CAHIIM-Accredited HIM Associate Degree Program Including 1+1 Transition Programs

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential Transfer of course credits: Studentsinterestedintransferringcoursecreditsfromoneinstitutiontoanothershouldlocatethetransferpolicyofthe schoolprogramandspeakwiththeProgramDirectortodiscussspecificcircumstances. Academic Preparations: Professionalcoderscanholdpre-degreecertificates,associatedegrees,baccalaureatedegreesormasterdegrees-this graphicdemonstratesonepossiblepathway.


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