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Hudson Valley Community College To Offer Open House for New Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Course

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College will host an open house and information session for its new Certified Coding Specialist-Physician course on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Ramada Plaza Hotel, 3 Watervliet Avenue Ext., Albany.

The online course prepares students for the CCS-P certifying exam. In addition to the online component, the course includes four weekend classroom sessions at the college’s Albany Extension Center at 175 Central Avenue.

A credentialed Certified Coding Specialist-Physician is a mastery-level coding practitioner with expertise in physician-based settings such as physician offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics or specialty centers. The CCS-P certifying exam is one of the top industry-accepted credentials in this field, according to the American Health Information Management Association.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Median salary in 2010 was $32,350, according to the Department of Labor.

In addition to the course curriculum, students will also have drills and mock exams, in preparation for the CCS-P certifying exam.

For more information, contact or call Marlene LaTerra at (518) 629-4835.

The Workforce Development Institute of Hudson Valley Community College offers fast-track career skills training programs for individuals and for businesses in a variety of fields, including Manufacturing, Business and Technical Writing, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy, Medical and Health Careers, and others. Client-specific training is available both on-site and at the college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.