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HIMT 2301 (formerly HIT 2130) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 2301 (formerly HIT 2130) - CPT Coding

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course covers basic principles of coding with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system including structure and rules. Instruction will also be given in the use of HCPCS Level II coding including structure and rules. The use of these coding systems will be studied as they are used in reporting of reimbursable medical services and procedures performed by physicians. 

Course Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of CPT book format, conventions, concepts, organization and uses.
  • Distinguish between CPT, National and Local codes.
  • Assign evaluation and management, surgery, radiology, pathology/laboratory, anesthesia and medicine codes accurately.
  • Apply CPT coding guidelines successfully.
  • Explain relationship between CPT codes and healthcare provider reimbursement.
  • Define and assign common CPT modifiers according to current coding guidelines and regulations.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of third party carrier coding suggestions.
  • Reference official coding guidelines including CPT Assistant to verify code assignment.
  • Define common terms associated with CPT coding such as bundling and unbundling.
  • Review available diagnostic and procedural statements and/or health record documentation to determine if documentation is adequate for coding purposes.
  • Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.
  • Use coding software to accurately assign ICD-9-CM and CPT codes for assigned case studies. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

HIMT 1401, HIMT 1303 and BIOL 2020

Course Topics:
  • Structure of CPT coding system
  • Role of CPT and HCPCS codes in reimbursement for healthcare providers
  • Use of the CPT coding system
  • Coding of Surgery Services
  • Coding of Radiology Services
  • Coding of Pathology and Laboratory Services
  • Coding of Evaluation and Management Services
  • Coding of Medicine Services 
  • Coding of Anesthesia Services
  • Use of HCPCS Level II codes
  • Use of coding software for code assignment and APC grouping
  • Review of documentation for accurate code assignment
  • Process to conduct a quality audit for appropriate code assignment
  • Coding of actual health records including, for example operative reports and physician office records 
Specific Course Requirements:

This course is designed to give the student an entry-level skill at accurate assignment of CPT/HCPCS codes and the ability to recognize the importance of accurate code assignment for reimbursement and research. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

A medical abbreviation book such as The Davis Book of Medical Abbreviations or Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations Book with CD-ROM and a medical dictionary such as Dorland's or Mosby's. 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

All testing will occur online. It is the student's responsibilities to remember to click “save" for each question when taking a quiz or test. If you do not save your answers, the test will not be reset for you. Your score will be based on what is submitted. 

Grading Procedures:

The course will be graded using a point system. The final grade will be computed using the following components for learning assessment:

Coding Projects (10 points each) Total Points 100
In the event a student scores less than 7.5 on a project, a bonus project will be available for completion. The bonus project is NOT required but recommended for completion. Each bonus project will be worth 3 points.

Quizzes (25 points each) Total Points 100
Three quizzes consist of two parts. One part is on the theory for the module; no books are allowed on the theory portion. The second part is application and you may only use your CPT code book and a medical dictionary if desired. The fourth quiz is coding only. 

Hospital Record Set Coding (25 points each) Total Points 100
There are three required sets of hospital records for coding. Also, the student will complete online learning project using Educode software. Instructions for all will be provided. There will also be one bonus hospital record set for coding as well and one bonus Educode option.

Documentation Review (25 points) Total Points 25
Each student will review five records that have had CPT codes assigned to determine if codes are accurate and provide corrections if codes are incorrect.

Discussion Board Total Points 50
Discussion board postings are required in the course. Topics will be noted in the course. Each student is expected to participate in the discussion as instructed in the topic.

Final Exam Total Points 100
A comprehensive final exam covering both theory and application will be given at the end of the course.

Total Points for Course 475

Bonus Assignments: Total Bonus Points Available 50

As mentioned above, there are bonus assignments in this course. The purpose of these bonus assignments is twofold-to verify learning if a poor score is earned AND to allow a student to redeem a poor score for some other reasons.

Grading Scale:
GradePercentagePoints Required
A93-100%439.38 - 475
B85-92%401.38 - 439.37
C77-84%363.38 - 401.37
F69% or lessunder 330.12


Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:

Students must communicate with the instructor regarding any issues they have regarding the course, schedule and assignments. If a student is having difficulty with any concept being taught it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor for assistance. To be successful the student should make regular contact with the instructor. Students must check the course discussions for discussion topics/questions. Students should check course announcements and updates on a regular basis. Students must actively participate in discussion events.

Late Policy:

Attending class and being punctual in an online environment should be treated with the same importance as a face-to-face class. Students are expected to logon to the course site at least once a day between Monday and Friday. Late submission of assignments may be allowed based on extenuating circumstances at the instructor's discretion and are subject to grade reduction. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor about late submissions or circumstances interfering with the ability to complete course work on schedule. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 15, 2017