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Diploma Diploma in Medical Coding

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Program Description

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 just 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

Tuition: $4,500

Duration

3 semesters

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

Required Program Curriculum

hand selected to give you the skills and training you need to start your new career

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.

Anatomy and Physiology I

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

Anatomy and Physiology II

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

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Coders

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

2017 Summer
1 section

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.

CPT-4 and HCPCS

This course will not be offered in the Fall 2015 semester. Course dates will be available soon. Completion of this Diploma is Fall 2016....

2017 Summer
1 section

Reimbursement Methodology

This course will not be offered in the Fall 2015 semester. Course dates will be available soon. Completion of this Diploma is Fall 2016....

2017 Summer
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.

2017 Summer
1 section

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.

JobFocus: Medical Coding

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

General Admission Requirements

For those who have earned a high school degree

• Evidence of earning a high school degree or a GED

• If out of high school for 5 years or more, two years
  work experience required

 

  • Apply online and submit the necessary documents requested for entry.

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.

Anatomy and Physiology I

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

Anatomy and Physiology II

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

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Coders

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

2017 Summer
1 section

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.

CPT-4 and HCPCS

This course will not be offered in the Fall 2015 semester. Course dates will be available soon. Completion of this Diploma is Fall 2016....

2017 Summer
1 section

Reimbursement Methodology

This course will not be offered in the Fall 2015 semester. Course dates will be available soon. Completion of this Diploma is Fall 2016....

2017 Summer
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.

2017 Summer
1 section

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.

JobFocus: Medical Coding

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