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CCCCD Offers Medical Coding Classes This Spring

CCCCD Offers Medical Coding Classes This Spring

December 5, 2003 - This spring, Collin County Community College is offering classes that will prepare students for certification exams in the high-demand field of medical coding. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the starting salary range for medical coders is $20,000 - $36,000.

These new, updated classes will explore the history, ethics and methodologies of the standard medical coding used in hospitals, clinics and insurance offices nationwide. The first core course in this series of classes, "Introduction to Medical Coding," will be held from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Jan. 12, 2004. The class will take place at CCCCD's Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., in Plano.

"Introduction to Medical Coding," examines the basic principles of ICD-9, CPT-4, E&M guidelines and HCPCS coding. With tuition, students will receive a codebook, a workbook, and a membership in either one of two nationally certifying bodies, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The follow-up class, "Intermediate Medical Coding," begins March 22, and covers surgical procedures and information in preparation for either certification.

"We're very excited that our expanded Medical Coding program now encompasses both AAPC and AHIMA guidelines," said Jim Merritt, program director. "This is a perfect opportunity for individuals to re-tool and take their professional lives in a different, more lucrative direction."

Collin County Community College District serves close to 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

Courses are listed in the continuing education schedule or on their website at For more information, call continuing education at 972-985-3750.