BCC Offers Medical Coding and Health Information Management Certificates
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is ready to prepare students for the growing field with its hybrid Medical Coding courses, which focus on how to use the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), CPT, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals.
Courses also include hands-on practice using medical coding software.
Students may enroll any time to begin the program this fall. The Medical Coding Certificate may be completed in two semesters, while the Health Information Management Certificate may be completed in three semesters.
Medical coders and health information specialists are responsible for safeguarding medical records, transmitting information for third-party reimbursement (insurance, Medicare, etc.), handling requests for patient records, and a new field called "informatics."
Upon course completion, students study for the credential exam of their choice:
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)
Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
"In a recent survey of 22 health care facilities within a 100-mile radius of Berkshire Community College, 88 percent reported job openings in medical coding and health information management," said Marsha Estabrook-Adams, Adjunct Faculty, Medical Coding. "If you are fascinated by the world of medicine but not the clinical hands-on experience, this may be the career for you."
For information on how to enroll, visit berkshirecc.edu/academics.