Health information management is a dynamic field and a growing profession. Coding professionals are trained specialists in classifying medical data and transforming diagnoses, conditions, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures into coded data that serve as the basis for local, regional, state-wide, national, and world-wide comparison.

Coding specialists work with the most current codes, medical information and reimbursement systems. These codes change on a yearly basis and ongoing training is required. Payment for medical care is contingent on the coded data provided by medical coding specialists.

This program is only available online and is financial aid-eligible.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

CourseTitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
HLTH 101CMedical Terminology303
BIOL 120CHuman Biology324
    7
Spring Semester
BIOL 122CBasic Pathophysiology303
HLTH 104CHealthcare Data Content and Delivery Systems303
    6
Summer Semester
IST 102CPC Applications303
    3

Second Year

Fall Semester

CourseTitleCLLABCR
MCOD 118CIntroduction to Hospital Diagnosis Coding404
MCOD 119CIntroduction to Hospital Procedure Coding303
    7
Spring Semester
MCOD 218CAdvanced Hospital Coding303
MCOD 219CAmbulatory Coding404
    7
Total Credits30
  • Proof of high school completion or the equivalent
  • Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will employ vocabulary pertinent to medical coding.
    • Students will evaluate science periodicals and use peer-reviewed sources of literature.
  • Students will use critical thinking.
    • Students will apply the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. 
    • Students will assess health records content and compare regulatory agency requirements.
  • Students will demonstrate the application of scientific technology.
    • Students will use health information management software to select codes and calculate payments.
    • Students will utilize current technology to collect, analyze, and present data.
  • Students will express quantitative and qualitative scientific knowledge.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
    • Students will compare human health and disease states.

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Employment opportunities include positions in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, nursing homes, insurance companies, and mental health facilities. The program provides students with the tools to sit for the CCA exam.

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