AIS Training Courses

AIS Coder Training is offered as an onsite or online course depending on your learning preference. These courses are taught online and onsite in various locations around the world. Please contact us if you would like to arrange for a course to be taught at your facility. A minimum of 30 students is required. The topics covered include:

  • a brief history of injury scaling methods;
  • the Abbreviated Injury Scale, uses;
  • coding rules and conventions;
  • methods for assessing the multiply injury patient.

The course, which includes a total of 14 hours of classroom work, is divided into lectures and work sessions in which actual hospital charts are used for coding exercises. The course does not teach how to use the ICD. It is designed for those relatively new to AIS coding. For the online course, in addition to the actual course work online, students can spend anywhere from 2-6 hours per week on homework. There are also deadlines for homework assignments which are due a minimum of 24 hours prior to each live classroom session. The student should also have some knowledge of how to maneuver through an independent learning program on the internet.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the structure, organization and contents of the Abbreviated Injury Scale
  • Abstract injury data
  • Rule out information that is not codeable
  • Distinguish between injuries and outcomes
  • Apply injury coding rules and guidelines specific to each body region
  • Apply rules for calculating the Injury Severity Score (ISS) for multiple body region injuries

CE Credits

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has approved the in person program for 14.41 Continuing Education Contact Hours and the online program for 19.4 hours. American Health Information Management Association approved this course for 12 Continuing Education Credits for use in fulfilling their continuing education requirements.

Who Should Take Coder Training?

The course is designed for trauma nurses/coordinators, registrars, physicians, hospital records personnel and researchers, or engineers who are responsible for injury databases. Participants should have general knowledge  of anatomy.

Prerequisites/Recommended Knowledge Base

These recommendations for online and onsite courses are to ensure your success in completion of the Injury Scaling Course and will provide you with a solid basis from which to build your AIS coding understanding.

  1. 3-6 months of experience in working with a trauma or coding registry.
  2. Basic anatomy course or equivalency.
  3. Basic medical terminology course or equivalency

Online vs. Onsite Courses

Online coursework is well-suited for self-directed students successful at studying alone. Learning is integrated over a month with 3-4 hours per week of faculty interaction via an on-line classroom. This option avoids the time and cost of travel. Previous students report spending an additional 2-4 hours per week (depending on the participant ‘s clinical knowledge) doing coursework.

The onsite classroom option works best for those who prefer the more traditional setting. Over two days, students will learn in a fast paced, instructor-driven environment with plenty of peer interaction. The onsite course works well for students who are successful integrating new content and demonstrating skills quickly.