Medical Coding

A critical part of the health information work flow

Medical coders ensure that insurance companies have the right information and patients know their billing and payment options. Accurate coding gets bills paid, patient data organized, and insurance information verified.

Reviewing patient records and getting vital health data where it needs to go relies on medical coding. In the Information Age, this system of universal code numbers assures the timely flow of medical data anywhere in the nation or world.

Certification

Graduates are eligible to seek the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This certification distinguishes coders who exhibit commitment and demonstrate coding competencies across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices.

Online

You can complete this certificate entirely online.

Next Level Jobs Work-Ready Grant

All tuition and fees are eligible for the NextLevel Jobs program. You must be an Indiana resident, have a high school diploma, but less than an associate’s degree, and submit the FAFSA to qualify.

Financial Aid Eligible

This certificate is eligible for federal financial aid.

Apply credits towards B.S.

The certificate completes the beginning portion of the Health Information Management Bachelor of Science degree.

Careers

Medical coders audit inpatient/outpatient health records (both paper and electronic) for appropriate ICD-10/ICD-11 and/or CPT code assignment. Coders also aid in revenue cycle auditing. Medical coders work in hospitals, physician offices, group practices, and insurance companies.

A certificate in medical coding can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including:

  • Benefits coordinator
  • Coder
  • Documentation and coding specialist
  • Medical biller
  • Medical billing customer service representative

Information Sessions

Are you ready to dive deeper? We will discuss the admission process, curriculum and format, financial aid, and Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant eligibility. All information sessions are on Zoom. Choose a date below to register.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Starts at 4 p.m.

Learn about our Medical Coding certificate, eligible for Next Level Job funding. Open to new, returning, or current students!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Starts at 4 p.m.

Learn about our Medical Coding certificate, eligible for Next Level Job funding. Open to new, returning, or current students!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Starts at 4 p.m.

Learn about our Medical Coding certificate, eligible for Next Level Job funding. Open to new, returning, or current students!

Certificate Requirements

The medical coding certificate is a 28-credit-hour program focusing on pathophysiology, pharmacology, coding, medical reimbursement, and basic concepts of health information and is designed to better prepare you to sit for industry standard certifications.

The curriculum includes a unique professional practicum component that integrates classroom instruction with applied, technical experience in an actual health care facility.

You must acquire knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and database design through the completion of designated prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Students must achieve a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 to begin courses.

Students must earn a C or higher in HIM-M courses. A C- or higher is required for all other courses. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

This plan of study is subject to revision.

Getting started

You can earn this as a stand-alone certificate, or as part of an undergraduate degree. To get started, you’ll need to be admitted to IU Indianapolis as an undergraduate student.

Current students

Contact your advisor to add this certificate to your major.

New students

You will need to apply to IU Indianapolis as an undergraduate student.