Medical Coding (Undergraduate Certificate)
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).