The Diagnosis and Procedural Coding (DPC) program is a nine month certificate program designed to prepare students to perform medical diagnosis and procedure coding in an outpatient or ambulatory health care setting. The courses completed in the Diagnosis and Procedural Coding certificate program correspond to the first year course for the Health Information Technology (HIT) degree program. DPC students may elect to continue into HIT degree program after successful completion of the certificate courses. All admission requirements for the HIT degree program must also be met for acceptance into the HIT program after completion of the DPC Certificate.
All Diagnosis and Procedural Coding courses are taught at the Harriman Campus and Knox County Campus Center for Health Sciences. Enrollment is limited.
Note: Students may not register for discipline-specific courses until their major has been changed.
Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee Residents.
Program Application Deadline
June 30. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the Diagnosis and Procedural Coding Program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the Diagnosis and Procedural Coding Program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude employment. More information is available from your program director.
Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.
Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. Students are responsible for cost incurred from injury or illness while in the Diagnosis and Procedural Coding Program.
A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from the program.
The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs.
A student must request readmission after a grade of “D” or “F” is received in a core course or after withdrawal from the program at anytime during the semester.
A student may be considered for readmission to the program if all of the following criteria are met:
|BIOL||2010||Anatomy & Physiology I1||4|
|HIT||102||Fundamentals of Health Information2||3|
|HIT||103||Coding & Classification Systems I||3|
|Fall Semester Total||13|
|BIOL||2020||Anatomy & Physiology II1||4|
|HIT||104||Coding & Classification Systems II||2|
|HIT||112||Coding Professional Practice Experience||1|
|HIT||140||Medical Office Procedures||2|
|Spring Semester Total||12|
|TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS||25|
1 Recommended to be completed prior to acceptance and must be completed with a grade of C or better.
2 An open course that may be taken by any student & is recommended to be completed prior to acceptance.
Students pursuing this certificate will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division. Students wishing to pursue an A.A.S. Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Diagnosis and Procedural Coding should contact their advisor.
Any Learning Support course requirements must be completed before taking BIOL 2010.
A certain number of credit hours in each program must be completed in order to meet the graduation residency requirement. Contact your advisor for the requirement of your program. Only HIT courses which were completed within three years prior to applying for admission or readmission will be considered for credit toward graduation.