Career Studies Certificates


Career Studies Certificate in Medical Coding


Variable. The options within this program amount to approximately one to two semesters of full-time academic work.


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. 

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 1011

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

Keyboarding I 3 0 3
HIM 113 Medical Terminology and 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

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
ENG 1372

Students who desire transferable credits must take ENG 111 in place of ENG 137.

Communication Processes I 3 0 3
Or ENG 1112 English Composition I
HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management 2 0 2
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 2 2 3
HLT 145 Ethics for Health Care Personnel 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 2 13


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