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 plus 2 Saturday 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: 15 candidates plus 2 alternates will be chosen to complete the program. 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, 2014.