by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College’s Board of Trustees took action Jan. 29 to approve modifications to the College’s Health Services Management Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Medical Coding Certificate of Completion programs.
Effective fall 2014, the changes align the programs with industry trends and requirements, while also building clearer pathways to degree completion.
The Health Services Management A.A.S. program is designed to provide graduates with a broad vision of health care management that enables them to seek employment in practices and businesses that employ medical coders. The program modifications remove a nine-credit concentration option in Holistic Health Studies and expand the nine-credit Medical Coding concentration into an 18-credit Medical Coding Certificate of Completion.
The Medical Coding changes expand professional certification options for graduates, depending on their qualifications and background. These include theAmerican Academy of Professional Coders’ Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam, as well as the Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) and the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®).
The modifications also build stackable career pathways toward completion of the Health Services Management A.A.S. degree for students who complete MCCC’s Medical Coding Certificate of Completion, Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Completion, or Medical Assisting Certificate.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the demand for qualified medical records and health information administrators is projected to grow by 22 percent through 2022, double the average growth rate for all occupations. The median salary for medical records and health information technicians in 2012 was $34,160, with the top 10 percent of workers earning $56,200.
To learn about programs in the field of Health Sciences at Montgomery County Community College, visit mc3.edu/academics.