Medical Coding and Billing, A.A.S.


Effective: Spring, 2016

The Medical Coding and Billing A.A.S. Degree provides students with the skills necessary to function as Physician-Based Coders, Hospital Coders, or Medical Claims Reviewers. Today, there are many demands for coding specialists and accurately coded data from the medical record in all types of health care institutions. Coded data is used on claims for reimbursement, patient care management, and healthcare evaluation and research. The curriculum includes medical terminology, human anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, administrative medical office management, electronic health records, and CPT and ICD coding. The graduate of this degree may take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Certification Exam offered by AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association).  After completing CCA exam and/or working in the field, students qualify to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based (CCS-P) exam offered by AHIMA.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functioning of the human body and of medical terms descriptive of body systems.
  • Describe the ethical and legal concepts of concern as they apply to reimbursement in health care and health information management.
  • Apply and identify appropriate coding systems as they pertain to the identification of diseases and procedures in medical practices and hospital settings.
  • Evaluate the revenue cycle management process.
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully complete the necessary health record documentation approved by private and government medical reimbursement systems.
  • Identify the routes of administration, indications, adverse effects, and related laboratory studies for commonly used medications.
  • Explain the disease process and concepts of pain assessment and management.
  • Compare and contrast coding specialties to determine similarities and differences of the different body systems.
  • Create a portfolio to demonstrate professional skills to enhance marketability for employment.
  • Verify documentation in the health record is timely, complete and accurate.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines throughout the continuum of healthcare.
  • Identify and use secondary data sources.

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First Semester (16-18 credits) - Fall

AHM 233 - Medical Terminology3
AHM 104 - Body Structure/Function I3
AHM 105 - Body Structure/Function II3
AHM 220 - Applied Microbiology1
AHM 102 - Introduction to Health Care3
ENG 100 - Composition I3

BIO 150 and BIO 151 may be taken in place of AHM 104 and AHM 105.

Fourth Semester (12 credits) - Fall

AHM 240 - Hospital Coding and Case Studies3
AHM 241 - Medical Billing3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
Any Global Understanding CALG designated humanities course 3 credits

Fifth Semester (3 credits) - Summer

AHM 242 - Virtual Professional Practice Experience Capstone3

Total Credits: 62-64


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