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The DIVISION OF HEALTH INFORMATICS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT in the SCHOOL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES offers the online Medical Coding Certificate Program through the University’s Office of Continuing Education. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management, this flexible, online, self-paced, nine-course program was developed and designed by industry professionals to accommodate both working professionals and students interested in learning the skills needed to become entry-level coding professionals.  Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association Certified Coding Associate and/or the American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coder national certification examinations.

What is Medical Coding

Medical coding is the process of abstracting and translating clinical data and information from patient records- diagnoses, treatments, tests, and procedures- into standardized codes, used in health care for classification, reimbursement, planning, and research.

Medical coding is one of the fastest-growing careers in the health care industry today!  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical coding field is expected to grow 22% by 2022.  Medical coders play an essential and vital role in today’s health care industry and the current need for coding professionals is more urgent than ever.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • Exhibit basic mastery of diagnostic and procedural coding using the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT and HCPCS classification systems.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology as it relates to accurate medical code assignment.
  • Differentiate the characteristics of healthcare services and responsibilities of healthcare professionals within various healthcare delivery systems.
  • Understand the general, legal, and ethical concepts surrounding health records and health information management as a basis for clinical code selection and reporting.
  • Relate the use of health information and coded data to reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to healthcare settings.

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