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Department of Health Informatics
Health Information Management
BINF3311 - Introduction to Coding
Course Description
This course provides an overview of classification systems used in health care systems including the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).
Credits/Modes of Instruction
Credits:  3
This course is fully online. To access the course, please visit For more information about course access or support, contact the Canvas Help Desk via email at or call 877-361-1134.
Modes of Instruction may include:
Lecture presented as MS PowerPoint Presentations
Discussion Forums
Textbook activities
Synchronous conferencing via available system (i.e. Zoom, Adobe Connect, Skype)
Successful completion of BINF 3010 Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology requirements at affiliate and prerequisite to program admission, BINF 3411 Disease Pathology I. Co-requisite: BINF 3412 Disease Pathology II.
Course Goals and Outcomes:
This course provides the students with a foundation of knowledge in data collection through medical coding processes. Students will have a basic understanding of the role of standardized data collection, the documentation required, guidelines and rules for coding medical diagnoses and procedures in facility inpatient and facility outpatient settings as well as professional/physician services. It prepares students for further coding coursework in the Health Information Management degree program.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of coding conventions used in the following classification systems: ICD-9-CM, ICD10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT4 by appropriately assigning codes in accordance with established guidelines.
Assign codes accurately to diagnoses documented in all health care encounters according to established guidelines of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT4.
Assign codes accurately to services provided in all health care encounters according to established guidelines of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT4.
Utilize critical thinking skills to determine the appropriate diagnosis(es) and procedure(s) as presented in various cases.
Demonstrate adherence to professional and ethical coding practices.
Utilize appropriate resources to assess changes in guidelines for code usage.
Demonstrate the differences between each coding system including format, organization and usage.
Assign appropriate codes using computerized encoder system.