Coding Specialist Program

The Coding Specialist program which is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation for Professional Certificate Approval Programs (PCAP) provides specialized training for individuals interested in becoming a coding specialist in a variety of settings where diagnostic and procedural data are coded for reimbursement and other data collection purposes.

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for one of the three coding exams administered by the American Health Information Management Association:

Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P)
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

This is a full time day/weekend or evening/weekend program (depending on enrollment) that is offered on the main campus of South Suburban College in South Holland and a few selected courses at the Oak Forest Center in Oak Forest, IL. The program begins every August and ends in July. Given that coding manuals are updated annually, completing the program in July allows graduates students six months to take AHIMA exams with the coding manuals that are used in the program without having to purchase new ones.

Accreditation/Approval Process

The Coding Specialist Certificate Program is approved by:

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 233-1100
Website: www.ahima.org. 

General Information

In order to begin the program in August, the student must complete the following steps no later than July 31st of each year:

  1. Submit an application for credit courses to South Suburban College.
  2. Forward OFFICIAL high school/HSE/College transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Records.
  3. Take the SSC College Placement test and complete any required college preparatory class in Math, Reading and English with a grade of “C” or better. Math must be completed through MTH 093 (General Mathematics) and Reading through RDG 082 (Reading & Learning Skills III) and English through ENG 099.
  4. Complete HIT 100 (Foundations of Health Information Technology), this course must be taken at SSC.
  5. Complete or transfer in HIT 103 (Medical Terminology), and BIO 115 (Human Body Structure).
    NOTE: Students that have taken BIO 185/186 do not need to take BIO 115.

SSC Coding Specialist Program Statistics for 2016-2018

As a PCAP approved program, South Suburban College is committed to our graduate’s success on the American Health Information Association’s national coding exams. Below are the AHIMA national examination coding exam pass rates.

Academic Year CCS Exam Pass Rate CCS-P Exam Pass Rate CCA Exam Pass Rate
July 2016 6/6 100% NA NA NA NA
July 2017 NA NA NA NA NA NA
July 2018 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Totals 6/6 100% NA NA NA NA
Updated: January 31, 2017

Coding Specialist Certificate

Coding Specialist Certificate (HIT.CERT)

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Prerequisite Courses Credits
HIT 100 Foundations of Health Information Technology 1
HIT 103 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 108 Pathophysiology with Pharmacology 3
BIO 115 Human Body Structure 4
Semester One – Fall Credits
HIT 101 Introduction to Health Information Technology (This course includes a lab) 3
HIT 104 Introduction to ICD-10-PCS Coding (This course includes a lab) 3
HIT 105 Introduction to ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding (This course includes a lab) 3
HIT 117 Inpatient Billing & Reimbursement 3
Semester Two – Spring Credits
HIT 106 Introduction to CPT/HCPCS Coding (This course includes a lab) 3
HIT 107 Intermediate ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS Coding (This course includes a lab) 3
HIT 114 Legal & Compliance Issues for Health Information Technology 3
HIT 116 Outpatient Billing & Reimbursement 3
Semester Three – Summer Credits
HIT 118 Clinical Coding Practicum 3
HIT 119 Coding Exam Review 3
Minimum for Certificate: 41