Work at the center of the healthcare system.

Prepare to join a team of professionals.

Coding specialists use special classification systems to code and categorize patient information, and ensure the quality, accuracy, and accessibility of the data. It’s a critical role in the healthcare system because this data serves many needs: it documents patient medical histories, verifies provider performance, calculates payments, prevents errors, and tracks important public health issues such as contagious diseases.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Coding Specialist Associate Degree from Baker College

Coding SpecialistAssociate of Applied Science

Work at the center of the healthcare system.

Prepare to join a team of professionals.

Coding specialists use special classification systems to code and categorize patient information, and ensure the quality, accuracy, and accessibility of the data. It’s a critical role in the healthcare system because this data serves many needs: it documents patient medical histories, verifies provider performance, calculates payments, prevents errors, and tracks important public health issues such as contagious diseases.

Discover Your Future Coding Specialist Career

Career Facts

$34,160

Median salary for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

22%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$49,330

Median salary for Supervisors of Office and Admin. Support Workers

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Overview

Baker’s Coding Specialist associate degree program curriculum prepares you with all the knowledge and training you need to become a coding specialist. In classes and labs taught by industry professionals, you learn the classification systems used in today’s healthcare industry and how to accurately assign codes to diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures, using the latest technologies.

You’ll be fully prepared to take a coding certification exam upon successful completion of the program, and ready to begin your career.

Course Information
Coding Specialist Major Requirements60 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CCP 101
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the coding profession. Students will engage in career exploration and learn about the certification opportunity. Students will also become acquainted with ethical issues in the field, and with the content and structure of the healthcare data they will be working with while completing this program.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MTH 108, B- or better in SCI 102C, B- or better in PSY 101 or B- or better in PSY 111.
Corequisite(s):
HSC 206, INF 113, SCI 211
Introduction to the Coding Profession2
CCP 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to assign codes using CPT-4 classification systems.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in CCP 101, B- or better in HSC 206, B- or better in INF 113, B- or better in SCI 211.
Corequisite(s):
CCP 131
SPK 201.
CPT-4 Coding4
CCP 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to assign codes using ICD-10-CM and procedures using ICD-10-CPS classification systems.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in CCP 101, B- or better in HSC 206, B- or better in INF 113, B- or better in SCI 211, acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
CCP 111
SPK 201.
ICD-10-CM Coding4
CCP 201
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8 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to understand and apply the insurance claims cycle.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in CCP 111, B- or better in CCP 131, B- or better in SPK 201.
Corequisite(s):
CCP 211
HSC 102.
Coding and Claims Processing8
CCP 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Give students an understanding of healthcare history and politics, healthcare reform initiatives, an overview of programs, and differentiate between government, private insurance, and managed care.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in CCP 111, B- or better in CCP 131, B- or better in SPK 201.
Corequisite(s):
CCP 201
HSC 102.
Healthcare Reimbursement4
CCP 261A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive review for students applying to AHIMA in preparation for their coding credentials. The review will include ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM coding, CPT-4 Coding, HCPCS, reimbursement, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in CCP 201, B- or better in CCP 211 , Pass grade in HSC 102, and student background check.
Corequisite(s):
CCP 271, WRK 291B
Coding Capstone4
CCP 271
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students opportunity to apply learned material to the professional work environment, through a minimum 120 hour fieldwork experience in a healthcare setting.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in CCP 201, B- or better in CCP 211 , Pass grade in HSC 102, and student background check.
Corequisite(s):
CCP 261A, WRK 291B
Coding Externship4
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
HSC 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with a variety of perspectives about existing healthcare systems. A particular emphasis on the complexity of the American healthcare system will be made. Comparisons with other health care delivery models and national trends will be discussed. Current events are incorporated throughout this course.

Introduction to Healthcare4
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101
Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HSC 206
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a theoretical foundation for the fundamental principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics and classification of drugs. A grade of B- or better must be maintained to satisfactorily complete this course.

Prerequisite(s):
Health Information majors: B- or better in SCI 102C. All other majors: C- or better in SCI 102C.
Basic Pharmacology4
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements30 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Communication Elective4
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 90

Program Description

Coding is at the heart of both healthcare reimbursement and clinical analysis, which requires a highly trained professional. This certificate prepares the individual to assign codes to diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures using ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and CPT-4 classification systems. Graduates are eligible to take a coding certification exam upon successful completion of the program. Program Status: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Here you learn from what you do… very hands on.

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