Health Information Management
Certified Coding Specialist

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Salary: $19,955 - $36,638
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Hourly: $13.48 - $20.95
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Outlook: 3 Stars
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Length of Training: 3 months - 1 year
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Length of Training
Most employers will choose to hire someone with an Associate’s degree from a community college or similar training in health information management. However, in rare cases, some employers will hire someone with a high school diploma and then ask them to complete some in-house training.

Licensure/Certification

Entry-level applicants should pass the exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association to be a Certified Coding Assistant (CCA). The AHIMA offers a second-step certification called a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) which offers more advanced training, and then finally a Certifed Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) which means that the individual has been trained to work effectively in a physician’s office or practice.


Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Amarillo College Amarillo C
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Austin Community College Austin C
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Blinn College Brenham C
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Clarendon College Clarendon C
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Coastal Bend College Beeville C
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College of the Mainland Texas City C
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi C
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El Paso Community College District El Paso C
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Galveston College Galveston C
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Houston Community College System (HCCS) Houston C
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Howard College Big Spring C
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Laredo Community College Laredo C
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Lee College Baytown C
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Lone Star College System: North Harris Campus Houston C
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McLennan Community College Waco C
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Midland College Midland C
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Navarro College Corsicana C
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Odessa College Odessa C
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Panola College Carthage C
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Paris Junior College Paris C
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena C
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San Jacinto College: North Campus Houston C
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San Jacinto College: South Campus Houston C
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South Texas College McAllen C
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St. Philip's College (ACCD) San Antonio C
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Tarrant County College: Trinity River East Campus Fort Worth C
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Texas Southmost College District Brownsville C
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Tyler Junior College Tyler C
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Vernon College Vernon C
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Victoria College Victoria C
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate