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Applied Health Diploma in Medical Coding

Diploma Description

Please note: This program only accepts new students in fall and spring semesters (not in summer semesters).

With the explosion of information in the medical field, medical coders are in higher demand than ever before, particularly in the New York City metro area. Medical codes are used in the healthcare industry to describe the clinical picture of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Detailed code numbers are used to accurately describe diagnoses and procedures performed. Medical coders work in a variety of settings, including physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and outpatient facilities. They compile, process, and maintain medical records. In as little as two semesters enrolled in the Diploma in Medical Coding plus a field practicum, you will become proficient in the latest version, the 10th Revision, of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).

Courses are taught by experienced medical professionals and are offered in a blended format. Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to assign diagnosis and procedure codes that meet ICD-10, use and apply medical terminology, and understand human anatomy and physiology.

Work Product

As a student in this program, you will be required to complete a medical coding field practicum that meets at the NYU Langone Medical Center or at other sites set up by the Applied Health Department. During this practicum, you will learn to code inpatient and outpatient records in a training system using ICD-10 and Current Procedural Terminology, 4th Edition (CPT-4) and to calculate the diagnosis-related group (DRG) assignments. You will be given a complicated coding scenario for which you are to identify documentation missing in the medical record, formulate a query to ask for clarification of unclear documentation, code the scenario, and use the information that is generated from the end coder to include in a portfolio.

Job Skills

  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • An understanding of anatomy and physiology
  • Working knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • Knowledge of diagnostic and procedural codes
  • The ability to calculate diagnosis-related group (DRG) assignments


Jobs Titles

  • IP Hospital Coder
  • OP Hospital Coder
  • Biller (hospital)
  • Biller (physician’s office)
  • Coding Compliance Specialist


The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the nine required courses within two years.

Must be completed within

2 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • The ability to apply ICD-10 and CPT-4 codes
  • The knowledge to assign diagnosis and procedure codes
  • The ability to use and apply medical terminology
  • An understanding of human anatomy and physiology

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED

All Courses Required

Introduction to HIM and Medical Terminology

This course helps to prepare you to code accurately and effectively using the ICD-10-CM/PCS code set and relevant medical terminology.

2 sections

Anatomy and Physiology I

Gain an introduction to the structure and function of the human body.

2 sections

Medical Coding: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)

Enhance your accuracy and ability to code so that you reach the highest level of specificity required by ICD-10-CM using realistic case studies.

2 sections

Anatomy and Physiology II

Learn how cells and tissues form organ systems—the mechanism of disease—and acquire an overview of several specific systems.

1 section

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Coders

This course examines the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiological function and the resulting human responses.

1 section

Medical Coding: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System (ICD-10-PCS)

Enhance your accuracy and ability to code to the highest level of specificity required by ICD-10-PCS using realistic case studies.

2018 Fall
1 section

CPT-4 and HCPCS

This course provides an in-depth overview of the CPT outpatient procedure coding system.

2018 Fall
1 section

Reimbursement Methodology

Learn the basics of medical insurance billing and current payment methodologies to apply in various healthcare settings.

3 sections

Medical Coding Practicum

Learn to code inpatient and outpatient records in a training system and live, assigning ICD-10 and CPT-4 codes, and to calculate DRG assignments.

2018 Fall
1 section

OPTIONAL

Complete 0

JobFocus: Medical Coding

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in medical coding.

2018 Fall
1 section

General Admission Requirements

  • Resume
  • Two references
  • Essay
  • A bachelor’s degree or approximately four years of experience working in allied health or a medical-related field

Introduction to HIM and Medical Terminology

This course helps to prepare you to code accurately and effectively using the ICD-10-CM/PCS code set and relevant medical terminology.

2 sections

Anatomy and Physiology I

Gain an introduction to the structure and function of the human body.

2 sections

Medical Coding: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)

Enhance your accuracy and ability to code so that you reach the highest level of specificity required by ICD-10-CM using realistic case studies.

2 sections

Anatomy and Physiology II

Learn how cells and tissues form organ systems—the mechanism of disease—and acquire an overview of several specific systems.

1 section

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Coders

This course examines the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiological function and the resulting human responses.

1 section

Medical Coding: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System (ICD-10-PCS)

Enhance your accuracy and ability to code to the highest level of specificity required by ICD-10-PCS using realistic case studies.

2018 Fall
1 section

CPT-4 and HCPCS

This course provides an in-depth overview of the CPT outpatient procedure coding system.

2018 Fall
1 section

Reimbursement Methodology

Learn the basics of medical insurance billing and current payment methodologies to apply in various healthcare settings.

3 sections

Medical Coding Practicum

Learn to code inpatient and outpatient records in a training system and live, assigning ICD-10 and CPT-4 codes, and to calculate DRG assignments.

2018 Fall
1 section

JobFocus: Medical Coding

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in medical coding.

2018 Fall
1 section