3 Credits, 3 Contacts

The Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) serves a key role in the medical office, clinic or hospital setting. CCS-Ps are coding practitioners who specialize in physician-based settings such as physician offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers. They review patient records and possess in-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system and familiarity with the ICD-9-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems. They are experts in health information documentation, data integrity, and quality and play a critical role in a health provider’s business operations for data submitted to insurance companies or the government for expense reimbursement. The new concepts in the ICD-10-CM system will be included.

Prerequisite: Student must have completed all of the curriculum in the Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) program with a minimum of 2.0 in each theory class

General Requirements:

  1. The externship is to extend over a 15 week period.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to negotiate a mutually acceptable work schedule with the agency.
  3. The student and externship supervisor will determine, with the supervisor at the work stations, the duties and requirements of the externship experience.
  4. At least 75% of your major coursework is completed, as determined by the externship supervisor, with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. Except in the Allied Health programs where 100% of coursework must be completed.


Procedure for Enrollment:

  1. An externship must be planned a semester in advance of registration and has the same drop/add deadline date as any other course beginning on the first day of the semester. Externship credit may not be granted on a retroactive basis.
  2. A student will need to meet with the externship supervisor to obtain approval and necessary forms.
  3. The student must complete an externship application, submit a resume and obtain 3 faculty recommendations from current or former instructors in your major area.
  4. Determine with the employer/supervisor a mutually acceptable work schedule, written objectives/duties of the job (signed by both student and employer/supervisor) and a start and finish date. You must turn in verification of hours worked and a completed student evaluation of the extern experience to the externship supervisor.
  5. After acceptance by the externship supervisor and the agency involved, and after returning to the externship supervisor the completed externship Learning Contract, a student may then officially register and begin the course.