Medical Coding Education Program Frequently Asked Questions Q: What are the costs associated with the Medical Coding Education Program? A: The total cost of the program is $2,620. The Health Information Management (HIM) Department will cover $2,000 with scholarship funds. The student out-of-pocket cost is $620. This course is not eligible for tuition reimbursement. Q: In what timeframe am I expected to complete the program? A: The course is 16 weeks of instruction, that include sessions for the mock exam and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. Q: Am I guaranteed a position at WVUH upon completion of the program? A: Successful completion of this program does help prepare the individual for a career at WVUH. Successful completion does not guarantee employment at WVUH. Participation in the program is voluntary and in no way creates an employment contract. Q: What topics are covered in this program? A: The following topics will be covered: Medical terminology and anatomy and physiology International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and ICD-9 Procedures Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Q: What are the prerequisites for the program? A: You must provide a transcript from an accredited school or online program as proof of course work in medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. Q: How are candidates chosen for the program? A: Potential candidates must complete the application via WVUHealthcare.com. At the time of your interview, you are required to provide the following: high school/college transcripts. A committee will review the applicant pool to determine potential candidates. Class members will be chosen by standardized criteria, which include the results of a pre-test administered during the interview. Top applicants will be granted an interview with the HIM Coding Education Program Committee. Note: Class attendance is essential to complete this program. If you are not able to attend every class, you should not apply for this program. Q: How will I gauge my success in the course? A: Exams will be given for each chapter/module completed to gauge comprehension. Students must maintain an overall weighted average of 86% to remain in the course. Upon successful completion of the American Academy of Professional Coders’ (AAPC) national exam, students will be recognized as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). Q: What are the job opportunities? A: Medical Coding is a growing field with potential employment in physician offices, inpatient and outpatient hospital facilities, free standing clinics, and insurance companies to name a few. The healthcare industry is experiencing a shortage of trained coding staff, which will only increase as we implement a new coding system, International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System (ICD-10-PCS) October 1, 2015. Q: When is the next class? A: While there Is no guarantee for future classes, there will likely be another class that forms early next year. So I would suggest looking for the application opening around December/January. The plans for future classes form based on the hospital's need for additional coders. Therefore, times and dates are not set until they establish that need. Q: How often a year do you have Medical Coding classes? A: There are 2 educators that teach the current class, and they don’t begin a new class until the current class is over. So even though the course is about 6 months in length, they then take time to prepare, interview, etc. for the next class. On average, I would say each class has previously been about 9 months apart. Q: How soon can I enroll before each class session begins? A: This is dependent on when they determine the next class begins. This is not on a strict schedule. There is about a 2 – 3 week window that the application is posted and available. Q: I see that I need to have completed a previous course in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. Can those be taken anywhere? It is not very descriptive just says "a course" A: It can be any course from high school, to college, to an online course. They want something that is probably at least 6 weeks in length (~24+ hours), but the location is not important. They basically want to know that you’re familiar with those subjects before entering the course because the course is very fast-paced; and they cannot spend a lot of time teaching the basics.