Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based Credential

Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based Credential

Credits Available

  • 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 205 Reimbursement Methodology (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)

Dates Valid

June 2009 through June 2019

Issuing Agency

American Health Information Management Association

About the Credential

The Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based (CCS-P) credential from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provides a national standard to evaluate an associate-level prepared coding professional. The eligibility requirements and competency domains tested are equivalent to approximately two years of undergraduate coursework in a health information management/technology program.

Applying for the Credit 

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the Acorn Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

BIO 130 Human Biology (4 credits, lower division level)
Human Biology is a 4-credit introductory course dealing with the structure and function of the human organism and the issues facing humans in today's world. Emphasis will be place on the biochemical, cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels of development.

BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits, lower division level)
This course teaches students the structure and functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body.

BIO 215 Pathophysiology (3 credits, lower division level)
This course is a basic study of the functioning of human body organ system, their disorders and diseases including symptoms, causes, diagnostic tests, treatment and management, and invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques.

HCA 105 Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower division level)
This course will cover medical terminology via asynchronous online discussions, presentations and demonstrations. Emphasis will be placed on recognition, evaluation and deduction of medical word meanings by applying word-building rules.

HIM 205 Reimbursement Methodology (3 credits, lower division level)
This course covers reimbursement methodologies used in all healthcare settings as they relate to national billing, compliance, and reporting requirements.

HIM 210 Medical Coding & Billing 1 (3 credits, lower division level)
This course will cover basic theory, practices and guidelines of the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding system and compare it to the legacy ICD-9-CM system. Students will code diagnoses and procedures from simplistic to complex, including real or simulated patient records.

HIM 211 Medical Coding & Billing 2 (3 credits, lower division level)
This course will cover basic theory, practices and guidelines of the Current Procedural Terminology coding system and an overview of HCPCS. Students will code procedures from simplistic to complex, including real or simulated patient records.

About the Review

This review 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.