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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Medical Coding and Billing, Associate in Applied Science

Effective: Spring, 2018

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.

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a "C" or better in all AHESN courses.

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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Fourth Semester (12 credits) - Spring

AHM 240 - Hospital Coding and Case Studies3
AHM 241 - Revenue Cycle Management and Reimbursement Methodologies3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
Any Global Understanding designated humanities course 3 credits

Fifth Semester (3 credits) - Summer

AHM 242 - Virtual Professional Practice Experience Capstone Course3

Total Credits: 62-64