The inpatient medical coding certification standard, CIC™ (Certified Inpatient Coder), is the only certification dedicated exclusively to inpatient hospital/facility coding.
Certified Inpatient Coder
The Certified Inpatient Coder certificate program is a non-credit program that will prepare graduates to work in a hospital/facility setting where competency in inpatient coding and a higher level of skill, beyond the CPC™ certification, is required. The inpatient medical coding certification standard, CIC™ (Certified Inpatient Coder), is the only certification dedicated exclusively to inpatient hospital/facility coding. The CIC™ validates expert level knowledge and experience in abstracting information from medical records for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding, and specialized payment knowledge in MS-DRGs and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS).
Upon successful completion of the program and the Essential Job Skills & Career Development Course, students will be eligible to become nationally certified as a CIC™ (Certified Inpatient Coder) by the American Academy of Professional Coders. You will earn this credential (CIC™) after successfully passing the national certification examination. This certification is sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), a nationally recognized organization offering professional accreditation, education, recognition, and networking opportunities to medical coders. Visit them at www.aapc.com or call 800.626.2633 to obtain an application packet or information. You must a have a high school diploma or GED to register for this course. You also must be at least 18 years of age.
Total cost of the program including tuition, textbooks, certification exam U-Pass transportation fee, and the Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is $3,161. Payment plans are available for students.
Potential students will be required to have a high school diploma or a GED, be at least 18 years of age, and have completed the CPC-A program to participate.
Students participating in this program must:
- Possess basic computer knowledge.
- Possess motor skills and manual dexterity.
- Have normal vision/hearing or device-corrected.
- Have eye/hand coordination.
- Have oral and written communication skills.
Demand for medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 13% from 2018-2028. Earning potential for a professional working in the field is approximately $40,000 to $45,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics