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HIMA220 - Classification Systems I

Course Details

Course Code: HIMA220 Course ID: 4900 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will introduce the student to the principles of taxonomy. The course will include purposes of classifying diseases, clinical vocabularies, and terminologies/nomenclatures. The interaction of different Prospective Payment Systems with classification systems will be emphasized. Data quality, the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set as well as coding/sequencing guidelines and advanced topics in diagnosis and procedural coding. (Prerequisites: BIOL201 and HIMA100)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, candidates will be able to:
1. Describe the principles and applications of coding systems including those used in the electronic health record and paper records.
2. Apply the basic principles and applications of coding in regards to diagnoses and procedures.
3. Examine the purposes of coding and the impact of coding on healthcare facilities financial status.
4. Identify healthcare taxonomies, clinical vocabularies, terminologies/nomenclatures used in the organization’s health information systems.
5. Analyze different charts to determine severity of illness systems; such as APR-DRGs.
6. Interpret coding guidelines and conventions for coding and reporting.
7. Apply guidelines for coding and reporting accurate codes.
8. Assign diagnostics and/or procedure codes for acute inpatient cases.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Required Course Textbook:

Green, M. (2017). 3-2-1 code it! Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning. Contains access to EncoderPro software.

Workbook to Accompany 3-2-1 Code It. (2017). Delmar Pub.

Optum (2016). ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS Professional for Physicians Complete Code Set (Bundle). Cengage.

Required Textbook for the degree program:
Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

ICD-10 Version:2015. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2014, from

Welcome to (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2014, from

Book Title:EHR Go (aka Neehr Perfect) - Program Key & purchase instructions provided inside the classroom. Students will need access for the entire program. This material is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author:No Author Specified
Electronic Unit Cost:$285.00
Book Title:2017 ICD-10-PCS Professional Edition, 1st ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
Unit Cost:$97.95
Book Title:Student Workbook for Green's 3,2,1 Code It!, 5th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Cengage
Author:Green, Michelle
Unit Cost:$81.46
Electronic ISBN:9781305840720
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:3-2-1 Code It!, 5th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Cengage
Author:Green, Michelle
Unit Cost:$135.56
Electronic ISBN:9781305734692
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:ICD-10-CM 2017 The Complete Official Code Book - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Unit Cost:$64.34
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.