The Diagnosis and Procedural Coding (DPC) certificate prepares students to perform medical diagnosis and procedural coding in an outpatient or ambulatory health care setting. The courses taken to meet requirements for the Diagnosis and Procedural Coding certificate also prepare a student to continue into the Health Information Technology degree program in an 1 + 1 option. (Visit the HIT page).
Medical coders work primarily in an office setting. However, coding may be performed at home through use of a secure Internet connection. Working from one’s home is however usually reserved for employees who have gained experience by working in the office for a period of time
Upon successful completion of the Diagnosis and Procedural Coding Certificiate Program, the DPC graduate may apply to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. Successful completion of the exam allows the certificate graduate to use the CCA credential. For more details on the CCA exam process, please see the AHIMA website at http://www.ahima.org/certification/cca.asp.
The Diagnosis and Procedural Coding Program is taught at the at the Roane County Main Campus during the day and at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences during evening hours. Some of the HIT courses are also taught via distance education utilizing the Internet and computer technology.
Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
* Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.
Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses
(Visit www.roanestate.edu/bookstore for book titles and prices)
Liability insurance $30
Physical Exam and immunizations (costs may vary) $150
Criminal background check and drug screen $100
Student membership to AHIMA $35