The Certificate of Proficiency is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in specific career fields to enter the workforce directly upon completion of the certificate or to seek advanced study in the field. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees comprised of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers.
Certificate of Proficiency (62-65 Credits)
Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.
Grade of 2.0 or better in each individual course of the program and program prerequisites required.
The final coding course is a virtual Medical Coding Practicum. Students will code 50 - 100 medical charts. Students wishing to continue on to obtain an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS) degree in Health Information Technology must meet with their advisor and apply to the program. Additional pre-requisites and courses may be required.
Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for Certified Coding Specialist-Physician’s Office (CCS-P), or the entry-level Certified Coding Associate (CCA). They are also eligible to take the American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coding (CPC, CPC-H) or Certified Risk Coder (CRC) examinations. The AHIMA mastery-level Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination for inpatient coding is also available.
ENGL& 101 English Composition I or BTWRT 215 Business Communication, BIOL& 170 Human Biology and basic computer application skills, including working in a PC Windows environment. A separate initial admissions process is required. Acceptance into Shoreline Community College does not guarantee acceptance into the Medical Coding & Reimbursement Specialist program. Early application to the program is advised as space is limited.
Academic and Program Requirements:
Students are required to maintain a grade of 2.0 in ALL courses. Strong English grammar skills are essential for the program and profession. Since courses are not offered every quarter and some courses require prerequisites, students MUST confer with an HIIM Advisor to develop an academic plan. Check program website for advisor information and access to required computer hardware and software.
General Education Core Requirements (2-5 Credits)
Core Requirements (60 Credits)
Approval To Graduate
Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________
Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________
Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________
Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________
Sample Schedule for Certificate of Proficiency
All courses are offered on-line
* Only offered on-line once per year, during the quarter listed.
**HIIM 134 Medical Terminology is offered every quarter.
Melanie Meyer, PhD, RHIA, CPHQ, CCS (Advises last names A-L)
206-546-4757 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 2334
Gloria Anderson, MEd, RHIA, CCS (Advises last names M-Z)
206-546-4707 email@example.com Rm 2333