Aug 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog

Medical Coding (online), CPC

Length: Three terms, 42 credits

Total Program Prerequisites: 21 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $8,208

  • Books/Course Materials - $1,100
  • Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals - $350
  • Computers/Internet Services - $1,500
  • Technology Fees - $27
  • Online Course Fees - $275
  • Resident Tuition and General Student Fees - $4,956

Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year's rates. Course tuition and fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at

Term-by-Term Course Plan

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this program, which can be completed entirely online, is to prepare students to become coding specialists who review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for distinct patient encounters. The coding specialist is responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by health care providers into coded form. The translation process requires interaction with the health care provider to ensure that the terms have been translated accurately. The coded information that is a product of the coding process is then utilized for reimbursement purposes, in the assessment of clinical care, to support medical research activity, and to support the identification of health care concerns critical to the public at large. A coding specialist must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record in order to be able to locate information to support or provide specificity for coding. The coding specialist must also be highly trained in anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes in order to understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded. This certificate can be earned completely online.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify career and lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Apply principles of healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, ethical issues, and data security (HIPAA regulatory standards).
  • Communicate both verbally and written form with others of the health care team in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of abstracting health records and assigning standardized codes to diagnoses and procedures to accurately meet reporting needs and processing claims for insurance reimbursement.
  • Demonstrate the organization, analysis, and evaluation of health record content for completeness and accuracy.

Admission Information

Application and admission into the Health Information Management (online), AAS  is required. Admission and application information is located at

Program Requirements


PREREQUISITES must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. The following courses must be completed prior to applying for the Health Information Management program.

Program Core Courses

CORE courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. All courses can be completed online.

Cooperative Education

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.


  • This program is fully contained in the Health Information Management (online), AAS  degree.
  • This program follows Career Pathway Certificate of Completion Requirements  unless otherwise specified.
  • Students can take all HIM Program courses prior to admission except COOP 206  and HIM 280 .
  • All program prerequisites with the subject prefix CIS, CS, and HP must be completed no more than five years prior to HIM program acceptance.
  • All program prerequisites can be completed online.
  • Coding and Reimbursement classes (HIM 270 , HIM 271 , HIM 273 , and HIM 222 ) must be completed within five years of the start of the governing catalog.
  • Completion of BI 231 , BI 232 , and BI 233  with a letter grade of C or better is an acceptable equivalent for HP 150  and HP 152 .
  • Students who do not meet reading and/or math requirements may apply to PASS Lane Summer programming for alternative admission process. PASS Lane contact is Marcia Koening ( 541.463.5818, Bldng 11/244.