The Medical Coding certificate offers a 21-credit course sequence taken over five semesters.
For the Medical Coding certificate program applicants need to have earned high school diploma or GED certificate and completed some pre-requisite courses.
- To prepare competent coding professionals for employment in all types of health care facilities.
- To prepare students to meet the needs of the industry which has a workforce shortage in this area of expertise.
- To educate students in the content areas essential for attaining the credential of Certified Coding Specialist or Certified Coding Associate offered by AHIMA.
- To provide a specialty certification for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program.
At the conclusion of the program the student will be able to:
- Evaluate medical documentation to determine codable diagnoses and procedures in accordance with established coding guidelines.
- Apply appropriate codes from ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, ICD-9-CM, and CPT-4 coding schemes to various health encounter scenarios in medical documents using coding manuals and encoder software.
- Evaluate reimbursement methodologies for correctness of assignment.
- Perform analysis of reimbursement methodologies through case mix analysis.
- Audit coded data to determine accuracy and correct deficiencies.
Demand is on the rise in this field, According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records technician is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
- Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and be computer literate as many courses in the program are online.
- Applicants must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I & II with a grade of C or better prior to the start of program courses.
- Upon entry into the program, students will study disease pathology and the format and content of health records.
- Students completing this program will possess an in-depth knowledge of the ICD-9-CM, ICD-10 and CPT coding systems as well as reimbursement systems used in the United States.
Students who complete the coding certificate courses often continue on toward a bachelor of science in Health Information Management. All courses in the certificate program count toward the BS HIM degree. To see more information on the bachelor’s degree click here.
In our fully online, 21-credit Medical Coding Certificate Program, students learn to classify medical data from inpatient, outpatient, and physician office records. The ability to effectively and efficiently code data is critical to medical research, medical and health education, and planning and monitoring public health.
Students will study disease pathology and the format and content of health records. Graduates gain an in-depth knowledge of the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding systems as well as reimbursement systems used in the United States.
Our program faculty have extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient coding. This provides valuable practical knowledge for the classroom setting.
Students who complete the coding certificate courses can continue on and achieve a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. All courses in the certificate program count toward the BS HIM degree.
Click here for a list of required courses.