Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 18, 2013

Medical coding major offered at RLC

The Register-News

---- — INA — Those who want to work in the medical field, but prefer to avoid hands-on patient care, may now consider the new certificate program, Medical Coding, at Rend Lake College.

Medical coding is the process of converting descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers. The medical coding professional has a blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills. Computer applications are used to manage health information and review medical records. Coding professionals must possess a thorough understanding of diagnostic and procedural phases in order to translate the information into coded form.

The medical coding program at RLC is a two semester certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a medical coder. The certificate is intended to prepare students to sit for licensing as a medical coder. The curriculum emphasizes practical hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. A background check and drug screening test are required.

For additional information, contact the RLC Allied Health Division at 437-5321, ext 1251.