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Career Studies Certificates
Degree: 
Career Studies Certificate in Medical Coding
Length: 
Variable. The options within this program amount to approximately one to two semesters of full-time academic work.
Purpose: 

A significant portion of the student population served by Wytheville Community College is comprised of part-time evening students.  Many of these individuals need and desire post-secondary continuing education programs of study that are of less than conventional one- or two-year duration.  Such students have specific occupational, industrial, and/or professional goals that can best be realized through short-term programs.

The options included within the Career Studies program represent a variety of career and academic pursuits.  Each may be viewed as a mini-curriculum which is part of a broader range of educational possibilities within a given career field. 

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Career Studies Certificate program is based upon the general requirements for admission to the college. 

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
AST 101* Keyboarding I 3 0 3
HIM 113 Medical Technology & Disease Processes I 3 0 3
HIM 253 Health Records Coding 3 2 4
NAS 150 Human Biology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 2 13
Second Semester
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
ENG 137
Communication Processes I 3 0 3
HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practices 2 0 2
HIM 254 Advanced Coding & Reimbursement 3 0 3
HLT 145 Ethics for Health Care Personnel 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 0 13
Total 25 2 26
Notes: 

Due to the short duration of these programs and the absence of general education requirements from most, successful completion does not entitle one to participate in or to be recognized during graduation exercises. 

*Students who possess keyboarding skills may petition for advanced placement with Credit by Examination.

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