Medical Records Coder (Health Information Management) CSC
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Medical Records Coder (Health Information Management)

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide the technical knowledge and skills, along with the practical experience, needed for employment as a basic medical records coder. Assisted by specialized computer equipment and software, medical records coders analyze and interpret the patient’s record to determine the proper standardized codes that represent the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. These codes may be used to create accurate standardized records, to maintain health statistics, or for billing purposes. The need for medical records coders will continue to increase as the health field continues to address reimbursement challenges and move toward a focus on quality improvement related to health care services. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be eligible to take national accrediting exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Medical records coders work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, insurance companies, and government agencies.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, a personal interview with the program head is required for advising prior to enrollment in the first HIM course. Courses need to be taken in the sequence listed. Students will be required to repeat any course in which a grade lower than “C” is received. This program must be completed within two years.

This program is not accredited; however, upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to take the national certification exams for coding. Students with significant on-the-job training may be eligible for advanced placement or may receive program head permission to enroll in select courses only.

STUDENT OUTCOMES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS CODER CAREER STUDIES CERTIFICATE:  Students who complete the Medical Records Coder Career Studies Certificate will be expected to

  • Recognize and implement professional policies and procedures related to the legal and ethical use of medical information;
  • Interpret health record documentation using knowledge of anatomy, physiology, clinical indicators and disease processes, pharmacology, and medical terminology to identify codeable diagnoses and/or procedures, according to the ICD-10-CM and CPT-4 coding systems;
  • Apply knowledge of major reimbursement systems in the United States to the preparation of universal billing claims; and
  • Demonstrate behaviors and dispositions that are in accord with professional ethics, including integrity, respect for privacy, and commitment to professional growth.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program must meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam. Either ITE 115, CSC 155, or the competency test must be completed in the first semester or students may not progress to the second semester.







SDV 1011

Orientation to Health Science



ITE 1152

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts



BIO 100 Basic Human Biology 3


HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3


HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I 3


HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology 3


HIM 250 Health Data Classification Systems I: ICT-9/10-CM 3


HIM 255 Health Data Classification Systems II: Current Procedural Technology  3


HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management 2


HIM 257 Health Data Classification Systems III 3


 Medical Records Coder Career Studies Certificate 27


1 SDV 100 may be substituted for SDV 101.

2 CSC 155 may be substituted for ITE 115.

Name Program Email Phone
Phyllis James Medical Records Coder CSC 804/523-5375


Common Job Titles1: Coder; Health Information Clerk; Health Information Specialist; Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech); Medical Records Analyst; Medical Records Clerk; Medical Records Coordinator; Medical Records Director; Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech); Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 1,046

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,400 - $60,900

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.