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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.

Program Goals

The program will:

  • Prepare learners to attain university core abilities and program learning outcomes by utilizing performance-based curriculum in a caring and supportive learning environment.
  • Measure and assess student learning and implement improvements, as needed, to ensure high quality academic programs and services.
  • Prepare learners to develop plans for the pursuit of graduate studies and/or continuing professional development activities and membership in professional and community organizations.
  • Confirm that faculty members meet university qualifications guidelines, utilize effective and innovative teaching methods that promote academic excellence, and pursue opportunities for professional development.
  • Monitor the needs of the program’s community of interest and maintain the currency and relevancy of program curriculum through regular faculty and advisory committee meetings and academic program reviews.
  • Achieve and maintain specialized program accreditation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Assign ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT codes accurately on inpatient and outpatient encounters.
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain health record content in paper or electronic mediums.
  • Apply healthcare billing and reimbursement processes for inpatient and outpatient encounters.