HIM-M 457 Practicum in Medical Coding
- Prerequisite(s): None
- Delivery: Arranged
Course is designed for students completing the Certificate in Medical Coding. Students will participate in a supervised laboratory practicum focusing on the coding of complex medical records using both the ICD and CPT coding systems. Onsite observations related to coding function in approved clinical settings are included in the course content.
What is a professional practicum?
The practicum provides professional experience in an approved clinical site under the direction of an HIM faculty member and an onsite clinical instructor. Students also receive didactic and practicum experience in the classroom with emphasis on medical coding and reimbursement systems. Certificate students take the practicum during the last semester of the program.
What is the required length of time I will spend at my practicum site?
A minimum of 240 contact hours is required per semester at the site.
Am I responsible for finding my practicum site or does the Medical Coding Certificate program staff find the site for me?
The instructor works to find clinical sites for all students. Some students have site preferences or community contacts that they would prefer to use. Students are free to find their own site if they choose, otherwise a site will be assigned.
What documentation is required before I go to my practicum site?
Requirements vary by site. Some sites may require a physical exam, immunizations, and/or background checks before beginning any phase of the practicum experience. You may also be required to purchase and furnish a professional liability insurance policy.
Am I permitted to do my practicum experience at my current place of employment?
Yes, students may complete their practicum at their place of employment. However, the student would need to be assigned to a different work area or perform a project other than their normal duties for the practicum.
If I am employed in healthcare as a Coder, do I still have to complete the practicum?
The practicum could be waived as credit for applicable work experience according to University policy.
Policies and Procedures
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