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Medical Coding (Undergraduate Certificate)

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Medical coding is the process of assigning universal medical code numbers to descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures.

Coding health-related data permits access to health records according to diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Common uses of medical codes in healthcare include

  • identifying symptoms that must be evaluated and to alert other healthcare professionals to life-threatening allergies.
  • reporting services performed for reimbursement.
  • helping with administrative functions such as staffing, scheduling, and adding or decreasing healthcare services.
  • comparing facilities and planning for new services in underserved areas.

The Medical Coding Certificate program focuses on pathophysiology, pharmacology, coding, medical reimbursement, and basic concepts of health information.

As a student in the program, you complete 26 credit hours of course work. You take courses and labs covering healthcare information requirements and standards, medical science for health information, ICD-9-CM coding, CPT coding, the release of patient information, and healthcare reimbursement systems. You also spend time working in a professional practice.

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, you are eligible to seek the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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Website: Medical Coding (Undergraduate Certificate)
Phone: 317.278.4636