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Healthcare Coding: Diploma

The diploma program in healthcare coding is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of coding principles and standards for entry-level professionals. The program assists students in the interpretation of coding practices, for both inpatient and outpatient settings.

There are many demands within healthcare institutions for coding professionals. Coding skills are highly valued within the healthcare industry, as the information is used in preparing claims for reimbursement, evaluating outcomes, quality assurance activities, and for clinical research. Coding professionals work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, long-term care, home health care, insurance, managed care, and governmental agencies. Coding students are eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) upon completion of the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Assign ICD and CPT codes on inpatient and outpatient records.
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain health record content in paper or electronic mediums.
  • Apply healthcare billing and reimbursement processes for inpatient and outpatient encounters.
  • Create a professional development plan to achieve and maintain certification.