Are you looking for a coding position in a health care setting? Do you already have a job involving medical records and want to enhance your coding knowledge? Then you're ready to become a Coding Specialist.
Upon completion of the Coding Specialist Certificate program students will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology
• Be adequately prepared as certified coding specialists in health data management
• Be adequately prepared as certified coding specialists in health services organization delivery comparably in Medical Law & Ethical Standards
• Be adequately prepared as certified coding specialists in health informatics
Coding Specialists are employed in medical offices, medical insurance companies, sports medicine clinics, speech therapy practices, outpatient laboratories, digital imaging facilities, freestanding surgical centers, occupational medicine clinics, and home health agencies.
The Coding Specialist program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website).
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org
We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.
The tuition and fees cost for a student starting the Coding Specialist Certificate program as of the 2012-2013 academic year is estimated at $17,745, based upon current tuition rates. (Potential future tuition increases cannot be determined at this time, and hence are not factored into this estimate.) Book and supply costs are estimated at $1,800. (The actual cost will vary depending on multiple factors). Northwestern College does not offer on-campus housing. For additional information on college costs, please visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance web page.
During the 2011-2012 Academic Year, 29 part-time students graduated from the Coding Specialist certificate program. Of these students, five graduated on-time as defined in the Northwestern College catalog. Certificate programs are built for part-time students; however, the normal graduation rate is based only on full-time attendance. The median student loan indebtedness of the Coding Specialist program graduates in 2011-2012 was as follows: Federal Stafford Student Loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) - $19,334; Third-Party Private Education Loans - $10,000; Northwestern College Institutional (GAP) Loan - $2,957.