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Health Information Coding Specialist

Certificate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Kathryn Peterson

This program is offered completely on-line.

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Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into alphanumeric designations used for data retrieval, analysis, and claims processing.

Upon completion of the Certificate of Applied Science in Health Information Coding Specialist, students will be prepared to begin a successful career as a health information coding specialist. Students are prepared to sit for the National Certified Coding Associate exam administered through AHIMA (

The Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate program is approved through AHIMA and the Assembly on Education.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Use computer applications and software in maintaining health information in health records.
  • Research and rely on knowledge in correct medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and disease processes.
  • Identify and apply accurate diagnostic and procedural codes for reimbursement.
  • Exhibit professional communication skills in oral, written, and electronic formats.
  • Maintain confidentiality of health information while developing a commitment to adhering to the standards of professional integrity, honesty, and fairness.
  • Interact professionally in the healthcare environment with healthcare providers, patients/clients, and the public while understanding diversity among cultures and societies.
  • Apply knowledge of health information technology to solve problems while utilizing critical thinking skills.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees$4,785
Application Fee$30
Books/Supplies $2,918

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

NOTE: Curriculum is based on a full time schedule.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
First Year
AHMS 108Health Data Content Struct *,+3
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I +4
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3
HTH 180Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs +1
Term Credits14
AHMS 157Healthcare Reimbursement Metho *,+4
AHMS 160Beginning Procedural Coding *,+3
AHMS 164Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 *,+3
AHMS 201Medical Science *,+3
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3
Term Credits16
AHMS 158Legal Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
AHMS 213ICD-10 Coding *,+3
AHMS 212CPT Coding *,+3
AHMS 298AHICS/Coding-Prof Practice Exp *,+1
M 108Business Mathematics (or higher, excluding M 135, M 136, M 191A, and M 191B) **,+4
Select one of the following:  
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3
Term Credits17
Total Credits47

Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.

**Recommended Course: CCA Exam Preparatory Course**