Diagnosis and procedure codes are assigned based on medical record documentation, and medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly by abstracting the information and assigning the appropriate codes, which are used in healthcare databases and in claims to be paid by insurance carriers.
We focus on industry standards like ICD and CPT coding and third-party reimbursement. Upon graduation, you can enter the workforce or obtain additional credentials. The coding certificate program provides an education for those who want to be employed as a medical coder and possibly work on their associate's or bachelor’s degree later. These courses serve as a stepping stone to the A.S. in Health Information Technology and the B.S. in Health Information Administration at DSU. Many of your courses will transfer directly into these programs—saving you time and money if you decide to continue your studies.
Benefits of studying healthcare coding at DSU
As part of the coding certificate program, you'll complete supervised professional practice. These internships are completed at a healthcare facility and provide hands-on training and networking.
Our graduates are prepared to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate exam. You may then take additional exams to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based (CCS-P).
Check out our undergraduate catalog to learn more about what courses you will take in our Healthcare Coding Certificate.
Get your degree online
Our healthcare coding certificate program is also offered completely online. Learn more about taking online courses at DSU.
Possible job titles
- Clinical Record Manager
- Clinical Coding Specialist
- Coding Compliance Reviewer
Schedule a campus visit to meet healthcare coding professors and students in the department and see the campus.
You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.