Topics that medical coding courses may cover include human anatomy and body functions, medical terminology and pronunciation, the effects of coding on health care, professionalism in medical coding, and treatments for medical conditions. Some courses are part of programs leading to certification or degrees within the medical coding field.
As of 2015, individual courses within DeVry University's medical coding program include Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab, Fundamentals of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Medical Treatment, Introduction to Health Services, and Information Systems and Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab. These courses cover topics such as cell structure and function, the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of diseases, medical terminology, surgical interventions and non-drug therapeutic treatments. Students must take 34 credit hours of classes to receive the certificate.
Components of the Medical Coding Specialist program at the U.S. Career Institute include The World of Healthcare, Introduction to Medical Terminology, Dividing and Combining Medical Terms and Abbreviations, Symbols, and Special Terms. Among the topics is information about how medical procedures and diagnoses become coded information.
The Medical Coding course from Ed2Go.com teaches students how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM, gives an overview of the systems of the human body, and also provides hands-on experience for students.