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.
In healthcare, medical coding is used to identify symptoms that must be evaluated and to alert other healthcare professionals to life-threatening allergies; to report services performed for reimbursement; to help with administrative functions such as staffing, scheduling, and adding or decreasing healthcare services; and to compare facilities and planning for new services in underserved areas.
The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Coding focuses on pathophysiology, pharmacology, coding, medical reimbursement, and basic concepts of health information. 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).
As a student in the program, you take courses and labs covering healthcare information requirements and standards, medical science for health information, ICD-10-CM coding, CPT coding, the release of patient information, and healthcare reimbursement systems. The curriculum also includes a unique professional practicum component that integrates classroom instruction with applied, technical experience in an actual healthcare facility.
Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate prepares you for such careers as:
- Medical coder
- Benefits coordinator
- Documentation and coding specialist
- Medical biller
- Medical billing customer service representative
To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Coding, you must complete 28 credit hours.
NOTE: Prerequisites for the Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Coding include: BIOL-N 207 Physiology for Health Care Management, BIOL-N 211 Anatomy for Health Care Management, HIM M110 Computer Concepts for Health Information, and HIM M330 Medical Terminology.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Admissions requirements vary.
To apply to this program:
- Complete application for admission.
- Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).
- Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).
- International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
- Submit official transcripts to email@example.com or:
IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Cavanaugh Hall 147
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202
- Fall Semester
- May 1
- Spring Semester
- November 1
- Summer Semester
- March 15
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $279.03
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $837.09
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $957.58
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2872.74
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