Colorado Springs Health Technology Programs
There are few schools for students who are looking for health technology programs in the Colorado Springs area. Two community colleges offering these programs vary in student enrollment, tuition and distance from downtown Colorado Springs. This article discusses the programs offered at these schools and includes a table comparing tuition and other school attributes.
- Pikes Peak Community College can be found nine miles from downtown Colorado Springs. This school offers certificate programs for medical receptionists and medical coding specialists.
- Located 27.7 miles from downtown Colorado Springs, Pueblo Community College is the area's less expensive option as well as being the smaller school. The school offers associate's degree and certificate programs in a variety of health administration disciplines. Students enrolled in this school's health technology-related programs have the opportunity to participate in Phi Beta Lambda, a national organization for business students.
Comparison of Schools
Finding the right fit in affordable tuition and school size may be important factors in a prospective student's choice of school. This table compares key attributes of the schools featured in this article.
|Pikes Peak Community College||Pueblo Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||13,275*||5,991*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,726 in-state; $14,491 out-of-state *||$5,050 in-state; $15,810 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Pikes Peak Community College
Although most health technology-related courses provide in-class training, a few courses require students to complete laboratory course components for hands-on skills development.
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
This program requires students to complete 26 credit hours. Courses include insurance coding and billing, basic medical sciences, medical terminology and personal computer application basics. Students who complete this program qualify to take certification exams offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders and American Health Information Management Association. Students can also transfer the credit hours completed in this program to the medical assistant associate's degree program.
Medical Receptionist Certificate
This program provides courses in medical office administration, insurance billing and coding, medical terminology, medical filing, medical office financial management and clinical skills. Students must also participate in an administrative internship. Credit hours completed during this 35-credit hour program can be transferred to this school's medical assistant associate's degree program.
Pueblo Community College
This school's health technology-related courses provide training primarily in classroom environments.
Medical Coding Certificate
Students will need 42-46 credit hours for program completion. This program covers topics in CPT-4 and ICD-10 coding, medical office administration, anatomy, physiology, intermediate coding techniques, human relations and personal computer applications. Before finishing this program, students also need to complete two medical terminology seminars.
Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration with a Concentration in Medical Office
The medical records, insurance, coding and billing concentration requires the same courses found in the related certificate program. Core course include image marketing, file and office management, business editing skills, electronic office procedures and business basics. Students are also required to participate in an internship or cooperative education prior to graduation.