Coding Specialist Certificate (HIT.CERT)

This program has specific admission requirements. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program. 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 transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Records.
  3. Take the SSC College Placement test and complete any required college preparatory class in Math and Reading with a grade of “C” or better. Math must be completed through MTH 093 (Gen. Mathematics) and Reading through RDG 082 (Reading & Learning Skills III).
  4. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.


Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
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.
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 116 Outpatient Billing & Reimbursement 3
HIT 114 Legal & Compliance Issues for Health Information Technology 3
Semester Three – Summer Credits
HIT 118 Clinical Coding Practicum 3
HIT 119 Coding Exam Review 3
Minimum for Certificate: 41

For questions regarding the Coding Specialist Program, contact or call the Allied Health Career Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204.

To make an appointment concerning Allied Health Careers, please contact the Counseling Department at (708) 210-5724.