Why choose Health Care Coding at WSU?
- Flexible course delivery-take the courses you need via Internet, Independent Study or in a traditional classroom setting.
- Knowledge and experience-learn from experienced instructors who know the industry inside and out.
- Multiple entry points-you can successfully join the program at every level.
What degrees/certificates are available?
You can achieve your educational and career goals one step at a time while working in health care coding. You can use a career ladder approach to work toward the following certificate and degrees:
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Administrative Services with an emphasis in Health Information Management
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Health Information Technology
Institutional Certificate in Health Care Coding and Classification
What courses are offered through online/distance learning?
The health administrative services department offers the institutional certificate in health care coding and classification through our distance learning program. For more information, contact the department at 801-626-7242 or click here.
What are the employment opportunities?
As more and more healthcare organizations and companies become established in rural areas of Utah, the job market in healthcare coding is steadily increasing. Weber State University is recognized as the leader in the state of Utah in the education of healthcare coders.
Starting salaries vary depending on the region, workplace and skill level. The average starting salary for certified healthcare coders in Utah is $20,800-$31,200. Starting salaries for associate and bachelor degree graduates is significantly higher. For more information, go to Career Services.
What will I learn in the program?
A 21-credit-hour certificate program consists of seven courses that develop your ability to use the International Classification of Diseases, version 9 (ICD-9-CM) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) of the American Medical Association. The program also develops expertise for both outpatient/office practice and acute-care inpatient levels of proficiency. You can use and apply both coding schemes in the systems of reimbursement for healthcare services.
Where can I find out more about the programs?
Dr. Ezekiel Dumke College of Health Professions
Weber State University
3907 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-3907
Department Contact Pat Shaw
Department Phone 801-626-7242
Is there an application deadline?
There is no application deadline for on-campus students; the application deadlines for distance learning or Internet students are as follows:
August 1 (fall)
December 1 (spring)
April 15 (summer)