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The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate of Applied Science program provides academic and clinical education in inpatient and outpatient coding, including required courses in health record content, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology and pharmacology.

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The program prepares graduates to perform medical coding functions in various health care facilities including but not limited to physician office clinics, long term care, home health, hospitals, urgent care, skilled nursing facilities and rehab services. It is designed for students who are interested in medical billing and coding, health information or informatics management, and various other jobs within the revenue cycle.

Students may wish to continue their studies towards a higher degree in Health Information Technology or Health Information and Informatics Management. This program currently has an affiliation agreement Louisiana Tech University, which means upon successful completion of our program, your credits from this program will automatically transfer. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the department head to learn more. Students completing required courses will also be eligible to sit for CEHRS (Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist) credential from the National Hospital Association before completion of the program.   

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Professional Certificate Approval Program

This program has been granted approval from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Professional Certificate Approval Program. This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program. River Parishes Community College is the only college in Louisiana with this designation. Students completing this certificate will be qualified to sit for either the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), the Certified Coding Specialist -Physician based (CCS-P), or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential. 

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Having a PCAP approved program adds value for our students by:  

a. Identifying that our program meets established coding educational standards. 
b. Stimulating improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning.
c. Promoting a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education.
d. Providing reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession. 

According to O*NET Online Medical Record Specialists in Baton Rouge make an average of $42,990 annually. Retrieved November 2023, from Local Wages: 29-2072.00 - Medical Records Specialists (onetonline.org) 

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Campus Locations

Gonzales Campus
925 W. Edenborne Parkway
Gonzales, LA. 70737

Reserve Campus
181 Regala Park Road
Reserve, LA. 70084

St. Charles Campus
13145 HWY 90
Boutte, LA. 70039

Westside Campus
25250 Tenant Road
Plaquemine, LA. 70764


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