Division of Allied Health Sciences
Coding Technology Certificate
Students may complete this program entirely at Kokomo. New regulations that govern the payment of health service claims issued by various government entities, and also by third-party agencies, have created a sharp growth in the demand for qualified coders. Although most coding positions, at present, do not require associate or bachelor’s degrees in health information, this growth career field does require specialized training in areas that are related to insurance and health care in general. The Coding Technology Certificate program has been developed to meet the need for quality training for individuals interested in pursuing this field. It combines an understanding of medical terminology and the disease process with ICD-9-CM and CPT coding principles and guidelines.
Students must successfully complete ANAT-A215 Basic Human Anatomy, PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology, CLAS-C 209 Greek and Latin Elements in Medical Terminology, MICR-J 200 Microbiology and Immunology, AHLT-M 190 Medical Coding I, AHLT-M 191 Medical Coding II and AHLT-M 192 Introduction to HIM & Reimbursement Methodologies with a minimum grade of C in each course.
Coding Technology Courses—Kokomo
Note: The university reserves the right to cancel courses for insufficient enrollment.
P = pre-requisite R = recommended C = co-requisite * = lab fee
AHLT-M 101 Introduction to Health Records (3 cr.); focus on the role of the coding professionals as an essential part of the healthcare team.
AHLT-M 102 Clinical Experience I (2-4 cr.) Clinical assessment in systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating health related information; development of professional attitude for interacting with consumers and other professions in the health care industry.
AHLT-M 190 Coding I (3 cr.) The study of ICD-9-CM coding and classification principles and CPT coding principles, as used in acute ambulatory and long-term care facilities.
AHLT-M 191 Coding II (3 cr.) Advanced principles of the ICD-9-CM classification system; optimization; DRG’s, sequencing, reimbursement; application of CPT coding principles in acute and ambulatory settings.
AHLT-M 192 Introduction to HIM and Reimbursement Methodologies (3 cr.) Introduction to health information management, health records, standards, regulations and content; overview of release of information principles, privacy and security; reimbursement methodologies including Medicare, third party payers, ambulatory settings and physician practices.
AHLT-M 301 Electronic Medical Records Management (3 cr.) This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of electronic medical records (EMR) management. This course outlines the essential documents/data content required for maintaining legal medical records using electronic and paper media.