The Professional Medical Coding Course at Danbury Hospital is a three step program starting from basic coding to advanced coding. Students study the theory of medical coding, gain an understanding of coding fundamentals and learn how to apply them.
All aspects of ICD-9, CPT-4, HCPS, and Coding Concepts are incorporated into the course. Because of the small class size, all students in the program receive much individualized instruction.
Upon completion of the PMCC, students must pass an examination to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). CPC’s access health information, identify diagnoses, and assign appropriate medical codes to narrative descriptions of diseases and procedures required for reimbursement, medical research, quality assurance or risk management.
Any applicant to the Professional Medical Coding Course must:
- Be a high school graduate or have completed an equivalency examination
- Have a working knowledge of both Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology
- Be able to code using basic ICD-9 and CPT codes
Students will enhance existing knowledge by furthering education and procedures, and locating codes with speed. Written notification to the Program Director is required if a student needs to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the program.
The Curriculum is a 9-month, three-step program that includes the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination on site. Classes meet once a week, with additional labs once a month. A grade of 70 and above is considered passing. The 5 ½ hour, timed CPC exam is given upon completion of the course.
Although all students that want to become a CPC (Certified Professional Coder) must have two years of experience working in the field, those in the advanced program may count the course as one year of experience.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is $2,250 and includes PMCC curriculum, workbooks, AAPC student membership and all examination fees.
Refund Policy: No refunds will be made once classes have begun.
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