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South Hills Offers New Medical Coding Certification Course

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South Hills Press Release

STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology announced it will offer a new, 5-month long Medical Coding Certification Course. South Hills teamed up with The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to provide a new “hybrid” learning course; combining flexible, online classes with classroom instruction and mentoring. The course will address the increasing demand among healthcare organizations for qualified medical coders. Medical coders play a critical role maintaining patient records and processing insurance claims. Classes will begin in February 2018.

An information session will be held for those interested in learning more about the Medical Coding Certification Course on January 31, 2018, at 6:00 PM at the South Hills main campus at 480 Waupelani Drive in State College.
Click here to register to attend the information session.

The Medical Coding Certification Course will help students prepare to take the exam to earn the Certified Professional Coding (CPC) credential. Classes included in the course are Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, ICD-10-CM Coding, CPT-4 Coding, HCPCS Coding, and Practicum Coding Experience. No prior medical experience is required to apply for the course.

“We developed this course to help students develop the kinds of skills necessary to start a career as a medical coder. This is our first “hybrid” course which gives students the opportunity to complete some of the coursework online from the comfort of their homes, while also giving them access to experienced instructors in the classroom. At South Hills, we work closely with local employers to understand their needs and design courses that give our students the knowledge and credentials to meet those demands. This certification provides an important professional credential.” said Jeff Stachowski, Director of Lifelong Learning Programs, at South Hills.

Applications are currently being accepted now. Apply for the course online or contact Jeff Stachowski, Director of Lifelong Learning Programs, at or 814-234-7755 for more information.



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.