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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Oct 23, 2021
 
2021-2022 Catalog [Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022] 
  
2021-2022 Catalog [Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022]

Medical Information Coder/Biller (6155) (T.C.)


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Technical Certificate

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

Creating competent, ethical, and confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory, and supportive learning environment. 

The Program

The Medical Information Coder/Biller program is a 37 credit hour college credit certificate. Upon program completion, students will have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare delivery market as an entry-level medical coder/biller.

Students enrolled in the Medical Information Coder/Biller program learn the fundamentals of: health information management processes, legal aspects of health care and reimbursement methodologies; biomedical sciences, including medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology; and inpatient and outpatient medical coding, including ICD, HCPCS, and CPT coding systems and how to use them. The program is a combination of professional courses including lecture, laboratory, and clinical education components.

Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into alphanumeric designations. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a technical certificate.

A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.

The Career

Medical Coding professionals provide reliable and valid information for reimbursement and research. Medical Coders abstract clinical data from health records and assign codes for diagnoses, procedures, services for classification, revenue cycle management, planning, and research. The classification system determines the amount for which health care providers will be reimbursed if Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system that covers the patient. Medicare and other third-party payors use coded data for claims processing. Coded information is used in the assessment of clinical care, to support research activity, and the identification of health care concerns critical to the public at large. Job opportunities exist for medical coding and billing specialists within hospitals, insurance companies, physician offices, managed care organizations, and medical billing companies.

Application Procedure

Applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled or a former Florida State College at Jacksonville student.
  2. Complete the required prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or better: 
  3. Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  4. Complete the Medical Information Coder/Biller application.
  5. Submit official high school transcript or general education scores.
  6. Submit a reflection essay.
  7. Submit verification of health-related work experience (if applicable) typed on employer letterhead including the dates of employment, specific health-related duties performed and the number of hours worked per week.
  8. Submit verification of volunteer service (if applicable) typed on the organization’s letterhead.

Applicants will be ranked on the quality points earned in the four courses listed above. Students who verify work experience in health information technology will earn two points per year, up to a maximum of six points.

Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.  

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 15 of each year with classes starting in the Summer term.

Need more information? Contact:

(904) 766-6567 or hcic@fscj.edu

Prerequisites


Prior to being admitted to the program, an applicant must complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C or better:

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the state of Florida.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, additional fingerprinting and background check (example Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline and/or the start of fieldwork rotation (if applicable).

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as TB test.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating. 
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up).
  • Students who enter under the (2021/2022) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2021/2022 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or better regardless of program of study.
     

Articulation


This certificate articulates directly into the Health Information Technology (2277) (A.S.)  degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

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