Nine of the 10 graduates of the provincial government-run Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology recently passed the United States Certified Professional Coder Examination.

Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator, said the graduates were trained by MedStar Philippines, in partnership with NOLITC.

She said they took the examination on February 9, and the results were released on February 20.

The training became successful under the teaching-learning instructional skills of their instructor Mr. Napoleon Cortez Jr. who is a nurse by profession.

The passers were Wendy Lynn Andres, Arnie Arroyo, Wenifred Bernabat, Francel Viceire Calleno, Christine Laguna, Ricardo Aaron Nolido, Jinky Oriel, Louise Ortaliz, and Steffanee Bianca Vinson.

Judilyn Canete, president of MedStar Philippines, said that the medical coding course is a US-certified qualification under the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).

This is a 200-hour online course implemented by MedStar in partnership with NOLITC to increase the students’ efficiency and knowledge of the principles of medical coding, she said.

Canete said the CPC exam is a conclusive step to attaining CPC certification under the AAPC.

Passing the CPC examination elevates the earning potential of nurses or graduates compared to those without AAPC coding certificate, as high demand for certified medical coders continue to increase jobs in the US as projected in 2022, she added.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson lauded the NOLITC graduates for passing the examination.

Lacson also urged the other school to look at the success of the graduates as an inspiration to do better.

The scholars who passed the US Coders Examination after their recent graduation at NOLITC.