Medical Coding Undergraduate Certificate
Medical coders review patient health records to assign medical codes to ensure the health care providers they work for are properly reimbursed for their services. The coder must carefully read the health record to determine exactly what services the patient received. The coder must also understand medical terminology, private payer policies and government regulations for accurate coding and billing.
Medical coders are important because they ensure insurance companies have the right information and patients know their billing and payment options. Coders help to insure bills get paid, patient data is organized, and insurance information is verified and accurately utilized.
The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) distinguishes coders by exhibiting commitment and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices.
Careers in Medical Coding
Medical coders audit inpatient/outpatient health records (both paper and electronic) for appropriate ICD-9/ICD-10 and/or CPT code assignment. Coders also aid in revenue cycle auditing. Medical coders work on all hospitals, as well as physician offices, group practices, and insurance companies.
Why study at SOIC?
- A pathway to pursue a Bachelor of Science in the Health Information Administration program. Credit earned for the certificate may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration (application and acceptance into the HIA program required).
- Graduates are eligible to seek the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
- Flexibility of taking classes online or on campus.
- Taught by dedicated experienced coders, there to assist you in meeting course objectives and participating in eLearning activities, and available to meet on campus.
- Job security based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics – employment is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Locality of the program to local healthcare facilities – IUPUI is the Health and Life Sciences campus for Indiana University providing more networking opportunities.
- Certificate is awarded by top-ranked Indiana University
The program begins each fall. Courses may be taken part-time or full-time, and all courses may be completed via distance education (with the exception of the professional practicum).
Prospective students must first be admitted to IUPUI as an undergraduate student. You must also acquire knowledge of anatomy, physiology and database design through the completion of designated prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Students must achieve a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 to begin courses.
Prerequisites (14-16 cr.)
- BIOL N261 Human Anatomy (5 cr.) and BIOL N217 Human Physiology (5 cr.)
- BIOL N212/213 Human Biology I (4 cr.) and BIOL N214/215 Human Biology II (4 cr.)
- HIA M110 Computer Concepts for Health Information (3 cr.)
- HIA M330 Medical Terminology (3 cr.)
*** BIOL-N 213 and BIOL-N 215 labs are optional
Plan of Study
The Medical Coding Certificate is a 26-credit-hour program focusing on pathophysiology, pharmacology, coding, medical reimbursement and basic concepts of health information and is designed to better prepare you to sit for industry standard certifications.
The curriculum includes a unique professional practicum component that integrates classroom instruction with applied, technical experience in an actual healthcare facility.
- HIA M325 Healthcare Information Requirements and Standards (3 cr.)
- HIA M326 Lab for HIA M325 (1 cr.)
- HIA M350 Medical Science for Health Information I (3 cr.)
- HIA M355 ICD-9-CM Coding (3 cr.)
- HIA M356 Lab for HIA M355 (1 cr.)
- HIA M450 Medical Science for Health Information II (3 cr.)
- HIA M455 CPT Coding (3 cr.)
- HIA M456 Lab for HIA M455 (1 cr.)
- HIA M461 Release of Information (1 cr.)
- HIA M470 Healthcare Reimbursement Systems (3 cr.)
- HIA M457 Professional Practice in Medical Coding I (4 cr.)