Principles of Medical Coding I (HCP 226)

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes for medical billing and reimbursement required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) including the validation of coded clinical information. The ICD-CM classification system is introduced with an emphasis on use of the alphabetic index and tabular list for code assignment. The course focuses on ICD-CM rules, conventions, and instructions as well as specific guidelines (e.g. circulatory, injury, pregnancy), including assignment criteria for principal and additional diagnoses in all applicable patient settings. The impact of proper code assignment, MS-DRGs and reimbursement are also discussed.


The following courses must be taken prior to this course
REA 011 - Fundamentals of College Reading or ESL/REA 017 - Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension Development II


The following courses must be taken along side this course
HCP 104 - The Human Body in Health and Disease OR BIO 131 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I AND BIO 132 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II. May be taken prior or during course.
HCP 224 - Medical Terminology. May be taken prior or during course.
Term Location Sections Available
2024 Fall Semester - 7 Week Sections - First Group