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Online Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)


Why should you choose Labouré's CDI program?

Our program is:

  • 100% Online to provide convenience and flexibility

  • Made up of four courses which can be completed in just one semester

  • One of the first accredited, college-level CDI programs in the country

  • A rewarding career change for nurses and clinicians in a rapidly growing field

  • The only program in the area that prepares students for both national exams, the CDIP from AHIMA and CCDS from ACDIS
    Please visit organization websites for specific exam elligibility.

What is Clinical Documentation Improvement?

Clinical documentation professionals use codes such as ICD-10-CM and CPT to accurately report on the quality of patient care, healthcare services provided, and patient diagnosis and procedures for healthcare organizations.

Individuals with clinical experience and an education in clinical documentation are critical members of today’s healthcare team. Certified CDI professionals are essential for reimbursement, quality measure reporting, and profiling. The growing need for this specialized skill set makes this an attractive career option for many nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals.

Meet the Chairperson

Elise Belanger, RHIA is a graduate of Northeastern University's Health Information Administration program and has 40 years of experience in health information technology. She received the Professional Achievement Award from Massachusetts Health Information Association in 2016, and has over 20 years of teaching experience.

To meet the sharply rising employment need for CDI specialists, Elise developed this program and in doing so, introduced the first formal CDI program to the higher education market. Elise is available to answer questions you may have about this program. Contact admissions@laboure.edu if you would like to speak to Elise.

Frequently asked questions about our CDI program:

Who should apply to the CDI program?

Those who typically fill CDI roles include, but are not limited to, health information management professionals, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals with a clinical or coding background. Key skills and competencies for those in CDI roles include:

  • Knowledge of coding concepts and guidelines and clinical terminology
  • Ability to read and analyze all information in a patient’s health record
  • Clinical knowledge (anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology)
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong verbal and written communication with providers and other clinicians
  • Knowledge of healthcare regulations, including reimbursement and documentation requirements

It is beneficial for applicants to have a familiarity with Anatomy and Physiology, Diseases, and ICD-10-CM coding. If applicants do not have this background, the HIT Chairperson will advise on an individual basis.

Is Labouré College accredited?

Labouré College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education 
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges 
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201 
Bedford, MA 01730-1433 
E-mail: cihe@neasc.org

This program is awaiting NEASC/CIHE approval as a substantive change to Labouré College’s academic programs.

As a college with the distinct focus of education for practice in the health sector, we are committed to preparing individuals to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team. The individual programs provide clinical education emphasizing evidence-based practice, including the latest research and clinical expertise. Quality improvement approaches and the use of information technology are important components of each program.

How will I communicate with my professors when not on campus?

Many professors find they know their online students better than their face-to-face students because of the social dimension of online learning. Students also find that online classes provide more personalized attention.

You can look forward to dynamic communication between professors and students as daily and weekly classroom and community ties are encouraged within the online environment. Frequent and personal communication, including discussion boards and live “Online Meeting” classes and chats, will create a bond essential to your success. Professors also use weekly announcements and assignment feedback to further ensure access to the professor’s daily presence and availability to support classroom instruction.

What if I have never taken an online course? Will I be successful?

If you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are probably prepared to enroll and succeed in an online course. If you cannot respond “Yes” to all of these questions, you may want to consider enrolling in a hybrid course, which is a combination of an online and on-campus traditional course.

1. When you need help, are you comfortable approaching a professor to ask for clarification?

2. Are you comfortable with a self-learning environment?

3. Do you have good time management skills? Will you be able to schedule your time effectively and to stay on task to complete assignments outside of class?

4. Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?

5. Do you have the ability to read and follow written instructions?

6. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) access to the Web at home?

7. Do you have good computing skills including:

  • Using keyboard and mouse
  • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
  • Software installation, security, and virus protection?

8. Do you have strong web browser/Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases?

9. Do you have the ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers?

10. Do you have strong software application skills such as:

  • Using word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel (i.e., Word)
  • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
  • Sending and downloading attachments?
11. Do you have the equipment and software outlined in the section entitled: Student Hardware and Software Requirements?
Who can help me with learning differences, tutoring, advising and career services?

Online students have all the same college-wide support services as on-campus students. The Center for Student Success and Teaching Excellence (The Center) uses live real-time meeting technology tools to provide online students with opportunities to extend and deepen their classroom learning experiences.  You will have real-time access to academic advising, academic coaching (focused on learning strategies), academic tutoring (focused on course content), basic skill strengthening (e.g., focused on Mathematics, Writing, or Critical Reading), career counseling, and/or short-term personal counseling.

The Center also offers specialized assistance to online students with learning differences, including advocacy, learning strategies, and, when appropriate, reasonable accommodations such as extended time on exams, note-taking assistance, enlarged print, and support in accessing digital audio texts, readers, and/or assistive technologies.

Accessible on-campus and online, the Center strives to be a warm and welcoming community of learners dedicated to fostering student growth and success.

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