University of Southern Indiana

Coding (Medical) Certificate Program

Description of Program
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical coding is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. Medical coding is the transformation of health care diagnosis, procedure, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. The medical coding professional translates the medical record documentation to the appropriate codes in order to create a claim to be paid by insurance carriers. Coding provides a means ensuring that medical services/equipment/supplies are appropriately captured for reporting and reimbursements.

Information regarding the Medical Coding Certification exam can be obtained at

Perks of this program:

  • Use the AAPC curriculum, which is proven to produce the highest passing rates for the CPC exam
  • Attend three, Face-to-Face, instructional sessions of the program which is taught by an AAPC Certified Instructor
  • Receive discounted first year AAPC membership (normal membership fee is $160, AAPC Student membership is $90)
  • Receive discounted certification fee (from $380 down to $300)
  • Meet adult learner needs with 24/7 access to the online learning center
  • Maintain access to curriculum for up to one year after program has been completed
  • Receive one free certification practice exam from
  • Upon completing the program, participants can remove one year of required experience from their apprenticeship status

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking individuals with a career goal of becoming a professional coder or interest in the content.
A good understanding of anatomy and physiology, the disease process, clinical procedures and medical terminology is strongly recommended.

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources and case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty. Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to assignments, via email and face-to-face during scheduled class time. The content cover the business of medicine, anatomy/medical terms, ICD-10-CM, introduction to CPT, surgery guidelines, HCPCS and modifiers, coding related to each body system along with anesthesia, radiology, pathology/laboratory and evaluation and management.

A textbook(s) is required for this program. Upon registration, you will receive detailed information to purchase the textbook(s).

Program Schedule
This 16-week activity is offered twice a year with 16 hours of face-to-face instructions to be determined. Attendance is required.  The dates for the face to face instruction for the second offering will be posted as soon as they are available.  The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the start date by 8 a.m. CDT.

2019 Dates
Online Start Online End SATURDAY Face to Face Dates
January 7 April 26 February 2, March 2, April 13
July 8 October 25 July 27. August 24, October 12   

2020 Dates
Online Start Online End Saturday Face to Face Dates
January 6 April 24 February 1, February 29, April 18
July 6 October 23 TBD

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner in the correct application of CPT, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes for coding and billing for medical claims in a physician’s office.

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Depict a knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology to correctly code provider diagnosis and services.
  2. Demonstrate the fundamentals of medical coding.
  3. Recognize medical coding guidelines and regulations including compliance and reimbursement.
  4. Integrate medical coding and payment policy into the reimbursement process.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system and during 16 hours of face to face classroom instruction. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
80 contact hours

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
    A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following attendance at 16 hours of face to face instruction, receive a cumulative passing score on graded work of 70% or better, and submission of program evaluation.

Faculty Names and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.

Lois Curtis MHA, CPC, CPB, CPC-I

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

AAPC education providerThe University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the AAPC.

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