Advanced Medical Coder (Health Information Management)

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide the technical knowledge and skills needed for employment as an advanced medical coder. The coursework for the advanced level will equip students to work in medical records and offer an opportunity for existing coders to further their management, supervisory, auditing, or alternative coding skills.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Advanced medical coders work in hospitals, doctors' offices, insurance companies, and government agencies.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission and program-specific criteria

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, students must meet with the program faculty for advising prior to enrollment. To be accepted into the Advanced Medical Coder program, students must have a professional certification from either the AHIMA (CCA or CCS) or AAPC (CPC).

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program must meet the college's computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. 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. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam.






HIM 229 Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings 2


HIM 236 Coding and Reimbursement in Alternate Health Care Settings 5


HIM 2201 Health Statistics 3


HIM 142 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II 3


HIM 249 Supervision and Management Practices 3


Advanced Medical Records Coder Career Studies Certificate 16


1 To enroll in HIM 220, competency in introductory Algebra MDE 10 must be shown as demonstrated through placement or by satisfactorily completing MDE 10.

Name Program Email Phone
Phyllis James Advanced Medical Coder CSC 804/601-4398

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 accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.