Coding Specialist Program

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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.

  1. Describe health care organizations from the perspective of key stakeholders.
  2. Apply policies, regulations, and standards to the management of information.
  3. Identify policies and strategies to achieve data integrity.
  4. Determine compliance of health record content within the health organization
  5. Explain the use of classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures.
  6. Apply privacy strategies to health information.
  7. Apply security strategies to health information.
  8. Identify compliance requirements throughout the health information life cycle.
  9. Describe the concepts of managing data.
  10. Determine diagnosis and procedure codes and groupings according to official guidelines.
  11. Evaluate revenue cycle processes.
  12. Evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies.
  13. Apply legal processes impacting health information.
  14. Demonstrate compliance with external forces.
  15. Identify the components of risk management related to health information management.
  16. Identify the impact of policy on health care.
  17. Demonstrate fundamental leadership skills.

Students are admitted to the program once per year in the Fall. In order to apply to the program, for fall admission, the student much complete the following steps no later than July 15th:

  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 and cannot be transferred.
  5. Complete or transfer in HIT 103 (Medical Terminology), HIT 108 (Pathophysiology with Pharmacology) and BIO 115 (Human Body Structure).
    NOTE: Students that have taken BIO 185/186 do not need to take BIO 115. Be advised that Coding Specialist program does not require that Biology must be completed within the last 5 years to satisfy the program requirements.

Certificate Program Application

The Coding Specialist Certificate Program Approval


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

Certificate Program

This Coding Specialist certificate 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.

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National Certification

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) coding exams administered by the American Health Information Management Association.

SSC Coding Specialist Program Statistics for 2015-2020

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 Number of Students Admitted Number of Students Graduated CCS Exam CCS-P Exam
Fall 2015 6 6 6 0
Fall 2016 21 19 13 4
Fall 2017 9 9 3 1
Fall 2018 14 14 5 3
Fall 2019 8 TBD TBD TBD
Spring 2020 7 TBD TBD TBD
Totals 6/6 100% NA NA
Updated: January 24, 2020


Our Coding Specialist Program instructors are industry experts and hold one or more of the following credentials: RHIA, RHIT, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, COC, CRC, CPMA. Further, they all continue to work in the industry to ensure that they can bring the real world into the classroom. One of the most attractive features of our program, is our virtual internship and coding exam review during the final semester.

Inquiry Form

Fill out this form or call the Allied Health Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204 if you have additional questions about the Coding Specialist Program at SSC.

Lisa Campbell is the Coding Specialist Program Coordinator.

To make an appointment concerning Allied Health Careers, contact the College & Career Success Center at (708) 210-5724.

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