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Coding Specialist Certificate

What is Coding?

Coding is the translation of narration into numerical codes. For example, a health care provider lists diagnoses and procedures and these-for billing, research, statistical, and administrative purposes-must be translated into numerical codes.

The two dominant coding systems are: ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification) and CPT-4 (Current Procedural Terminology, 4th Edition).

In the program we use the Channel ICD-9-CM which is ordered directly from the publisher; the CPT-4 coding text is ordered through the American Medical Association. Workbooks accompany both texts.


At present, the demand for entry-level coders is extremely high especially in acute care facilities. In addition, medical clinics, veterinary hospitals, long term care facilities, behavioral health facilities, and health care corporations also provide job opportunities. The HIM Coding Specialist Certificate will prepare graduates for positions in this dynamic and fast growing profession.

HIM Coding Specialist Certificate Brochure (218 KB)

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours31
General Requirements14
Written Communication Skills
ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
Science Skills
BIOLS111Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOLS112Anatomy & Physiology II4
Computer Skills
CIOSS105Computer Literacy3
Program Requirements17
HIMS135Medical Terminology3
HIMS190CPT Coding3
HIMS210ICD-9-CM Coding3
HIMS215Billing and Reimbursement2
HIMS260Data Quality & Reimbursement2

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