Medical Coding and Billing, A.A.S.

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.
  • Apply and identify appropriate coding systems as they pertain to the identification of diseases and procedures in medical practices and hospital settings.
  • Evaluate coding to ensure maximum reimbursement.
  • Demonstrate ability to interact successfully with private and government medical reimbursement systems.
  • Discuss the cultural and societal factors that influence the healthcare professionalā€™s communications with the patient.
  • 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.

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First Semester (15-17 credits)

CoursesCredits
AHM 233 - Medical Terminology 3
AHM 104 - Body Structure/Function I 3
AHM 105 - Body Structure/Function II 3
AHM 102 - Introduction to Health Care 3
ENG 100 - Composition I 3
Notes

Students who previously taken BIO 150 and BIO 151 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II) and completed the courses with a "C" or better, are not required to take AHM 104 and AHM 105.

Total Credits: 61-63