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CIP 2020

Healthcare CIP Codes

medical professionals discussing records with patientCIP 2020 includes 459 new 6-digit CIP Codes and the creation of Series 61 (Medical Residency/Fellowship Programs). Approximately half of the new CIP Codes (225) are related to healthcare (i.e., Series 51 - Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Series 60 - Health Professions Residency/Fellowship Programs, and Series - 61 Medical Residency/Fellowship Programs), of which 184 new codes are for residency and fellowship programs in medicine and other health professions. CIP Codes in Series 60 and 61 are not used for IPEDS reporting.

In CIP 2010, Series 51 included Veterinary Medicine and other veterinary administrative and science codes. In CIP 2020, veterinary medicine and related fields moved to the renamed Series 01 (Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields). This change allows Series 51 to focus exclusively on human healthcare.

Notable additions to Series 51 include Regulatory Science/Affairs (51.0720), Disease Registry Data Management (51.0721), Healthcare Information Privacy Assurance and Security (51.0723), Healthcare Innovation (51.0722), Hyperbaric Medicine Technology/Technician (51.0921), Orthopedic Technology/Technician (51.0923), and Tropical Medicine (51.1405). Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (51.23) now includes a general code (51.2300) as well as codes for Drama (51.2315), Horticulture (51.2316), and Play (51.2317) Therapy/Therapist programs.

Series 51.32 was re-titled from Bioethics/Medical Ethics to Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities. New additions include Health Professions Education (51.3202), Medical/Health Humanities (51.3204), History of Medicine (51.3205), and Arts in Medicine/Health (51.3206). The interdisciplinary nature of these programs would suggest placement in Series 30, but their strong connection with health and medicine resulted in their placement in Series 51.

Since the publication of CIP 2010, changes to the accreditation system for graduate medical education prompted a reevaluation of the CIP codes related to undergraduate medical education, residencies, and fellowships. Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (51.1202) and Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry (51.1203) were moved to Medicine (51.12). CIP 2010 divided medical residency programs into general certificates (60.04) and subspeciality certificates (60.05) without regard to the field of study (e.g., internal medicine, neurology). CIP 2020 moved medical residencies and fellowships to Series 61 and reorganized them by medical specialty. With the exception of a few fellowship programs that accept participants from multiple specialties (e.g., 61.0213 - Sports Medicine, 61.0203 – Geriatric Medicine), there is a one-to-one relationship with the specialty codes used by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); these CIP Codes are grouped under 61.02 (Multiple-Pathway Medical Fellowship Programs). Recognized combined specialty tracks were grouped under 61.01 (Combined Medical Residency/Fellowship Programs). Podiatric Medicine Residency Programs (61.22) were also moved to Series 61. Podiatric fellowship programs (61.2299) are not broken out by field of study (e.g., Podiatric Wound Care, Reconstructive Foot and Diabetic Limb Salvage/Preservation) in CIP 2020, but additional CIP Codes may be added in a future edition of the CIP.

Since CIP 2010, the number and diversity of residency and fellowship programs for other health professionals have increased. Series 60 (Health Professions Residency/Fellowship Programs) now includes codes for residency/fellowship programs for nurse practitioners (60.07), pharmacists (60.08), and physician assistants (60.09). Since residency and fellowship enrollments and completions are not collected in IPEDS, Veterinary residency/fellowship programs (60.03) were kept in Series 60 and not moved to Series 01 with other veterinary-related programs.

Please remember that if there were no completions in a particular program/award level in a particular collection year but your institution offers the program at that level to enter a zero in at least one box on the data page for the Completions Survey. Since many of these new CIP Codes are not used for IPEDS reporting, we are eager to hear how you are or will use them in your institutions. Suggestions for changes and additions to the next edition of the CIP, can be emailed to