The Division of Health Information and Information Management in the School of Allied Health Sciences is offering The Medical Coding Certificate Program. This is an online, self-paced, nine-course program which will assist the student learn the basic skills needed to become an entry-level coding professional. Coding professionals abstract clinical data from health records and assign appropriate medical codes. These codes are used for reimbursement, planning, and research. Training in inpatient and outpatient coding is provided, along with the necessary background courses in health record content, medical terminology, and disease process.
Due to the aging population, forecasted changes in health care coverage and insurance, and a national focus on electronic medical records, job opportunities in this area are expected to grow by 18% through 2016, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The labor market will be further impacted when ICD-10 is implemented.
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
• Accurately apply diagnosis and procedure codes utilizing ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS
• Interpret coding guidelines for accurate code assignment
• Identify the importance of documentation on code assignment and the subsequent impact on reimbursement
• Practice AHIMA's Standards of Ethical Coding
The Medical Coding Certificate Program has been designed so students can learn all the fundamentals by following the recommended pace of taking three modules of three courses, each module lasting no more than 15 weeks. Lessons learned in one course will help support lessons learned in subsequent courses.
Students who successfully complete the Medical Coding Certificate Program (three modules with three courses per module or nine single courses) will receive a Medical Coding Certificate of Completion and may choose to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) CPC national certification examinations.
Dr. Marjorie McNeill