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Coding Specialist

Coding Specialist

The Coding Specialist program which is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation for Professional Certificate Approval Programs (PCAP) provides specialized training for individuals interested in becoming a coding specialist in a variety of settings where diagnostic and procedural data are coded for reimbursement and other data collection purposes.

Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) Certification offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Certification offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

This is a full time day or evening program (depending on enrollment) and is offered on the main campus of South Suburban College in South Holland and a few selected courses at the University Conference Center in Oak Forest, IL. Effective with the Fall 2014 incoming class, the department will begin admitting students during the fall semester only.

Accreditation/Approval Process

The Coding Specialist Certificate Program is approved by

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 233-1100

General Information

This program has specific admission requirements. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program. Before receiving an application to the Coding Specialist Certificate Program the student must:

  1. Submit an application for credit courses to South Suburban College.
  2. Forward OFFICIAL high school/HSE transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Records.
  3. Take the SSC College Placement test and complete any required college preparatory class in Math and Reading with a grade of “C” or better. Math must be completed through MTH 093 (Gen. Mathematics) and Reading through RDG 082 (Reading & Learning Skills III).
  4. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

Students are admitted to the program once a year. Once accepted to the program, the student completes the following courses in the order listed on the Certificate and completes the program in 3 semesters.

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission into the program.

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For More Information

Lisa L. Campbell, Program Coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204.


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