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.

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:
  • 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.

Healthcare Coding: Diploma Requirements

63 Credits

Healthcare Coding Major Core (30)

HT1000DIntroduction to Health Information Management and Health Care

4

HT2117DICD Coding and Pathophysiology I with Lab

6

HT2127DICD Coding and Pathophysiology II with Lab

6

HT2130DCurrent Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab

3

HT2135DAdvanced Coding With Lab

3

HT2230DHealthcare Reimbursement

3

HT2300DHealthcare Coding Practicum

3

ME1140Medical Terminology for Health Professions

2

HT1000D, HT2117D, HT2127D, HT2130D, HT2135D, HT2230D, ME 1140: Professional course (minimum "C" grade required)

General Education Core (33)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

Science

SC1221Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

6

SC1224DAdvanced Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

6

SC1221, SC1224D: Professional course (minimum "C" grade required)

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Healthcare Coding Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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