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Certified Coding Specialist Credential

Credit Recommendations 

  • BIO 130 - Human Biology: 4 credits, lower division level
  • BIO 212 - Anatomy & Physiology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • BIO 215 - Pathophysiology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • HCA 105 - Medical Terminology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • HIM 210 - Medical Coding & Billing 1: 3 credits, lower division level
  • HIM 211 - Medical Coding & Billing 2: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Advanced ICD Coding: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Health Record Content: 1 credit, lower division level

Effective Dates 

January 2018 through December 2022

Credit Recommendations

  • BIO 130 - Human Biology: 4 credits, lower division level
  • BIO 212 - Anatomy & Physiology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • BIO 215 - Pathophysiology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • HCA 105 - Medical Terminology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • HIM 210 - Medical Coding & Billing 1: 3 credits, lower division level
  • HIM 211 - Medical Coding & Billing 2: 3 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates 

June 2009 through December 2017

Issuing Agency

American Health Information Management Association

About the Credential

The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provides a national standard to evaluate an inpatient coding professional.

Applying for the Credit

If your credential was issued or valid during the validity period, or effective dates, for the credit recommendation, then you're eligible to apply for the credit. 

  • Consult with your Academic Advisor regarding the applicability of the credit to your degree plan.
  • Contact the PLA Office or the Registrar to apply for the credit. 

Course Descriptions

  • BIO 130 - Human Biology
  • BIO 212 - Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIO 215 - Pathophysiology
  • HCA 105 - Medical Terminology
  • HIM 205 - Reimbursement Methodology
  • HIM 210 - Medical Coding & Billing 1
  • HIM 211 - Medical Coding & Billing 2
  • Advanced ICD Coding
    • Advanced coding enhancing the skill level through complex clinical case studies.
  • Health Record Content
    • Basic knowledge for health record content and management.
    • Retrieve medical records.
    • Assemble medical records according to healthcare setting.
    • Analyze medical records quantitatively for completeness.
    • Analyze medical records qualitatively for deficiencies.
    • Perform data abstraction.
    • Request patient-specific documentation from other sources (i.e., ancillary depts., physician’s office).
    • Retrieve patient information from master patient index.
    • Educate providers in regards to health data standards. 

About the 2014 Review

The 2014 review with effective dates of 2009-2017 was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.