Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Health Sciences, Coding Technician Diploma

Location(s): Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Online


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DI.5107B (44-45 credits) Coding Technician Diploma

This program prepares the student to enter the health information field with a diploma as a coding technician. Students receiving a diploma are prepared to work in entry-level positions as a coding technician in a variety of health care settings. Students graduating from the program are eligible to take the CCA or CCS certification if they meet the other qualifications (please see the program director).

AHIMA’s Coding Specialty Track HIM Curriculum Competencies can be found at ahima.org/certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency to assemble, process, maintain, store, abstract, analyze, index, and retrieve health information data
  • Collect aggregate coded data to report findings and trends.                      
  • Identify information from medical charts to assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-10), procedure (CPT), and supply (HCPCS Level II) codes in a variety of medical situations.
  • Validate the accuracy and completeness of the patient record as defined by policy, external regulations, and standards.

Notes

  • Students wishing to enroll in the coding technician program are strongly recommended to consult with the program director prior to enrollment for details of specific program requirements.
  • Students following the diploma option must demonstrate competency in writing and mathematics by ACCUPLACER® assessment or by passing the appropriate writing and mathematics courses (ENGL 1000  and BSAD 1500 , MATH 1010 , or MATH 1020 ) This is in addition to the required curriculum for the diploma option.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or above on all previous WNCC coursework is required. A 2.0 (C) must be earned on all Coding Technician curriculum courses.
  • All courses are available online.
  • Health information technology (HIMS) courses may only be taken two (2) times. A student may not re-enroll in the program after failing a course the second time. A grade of C-, D, or F is considered a failing grade for the Coding Technician program.

Program Requirements


Diploma General Educ. Core: 9-10 credits


View listing of General Education Courses.  

  • Written Communication Credits: 3 *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3-4 *
  • Lab Science Credits: 4

*Written Communication and Quantitative Reasoning course selections are dependent on writing and math proficiency based on assessment. Students should consult with their academic advisor about specific general education courses required.

Other Requirements: 4 Credits


HIT Core Courses: 30 Credits


Total Diploma Credits: 43-45 Credits


Recommended Plan of Study


Total Diploma Credits: 44-45


*Please consult with the HIT Program Director at 308.635.6064 for information about experiential learning credit.

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