Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
Associate of Science Degree Program
The Associate of Science Degree in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is a combination of clinical administrative and general education courses designed to prepare a graduate to obtain an entry-level position in the medical billing and coding field.
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Billing & Coding Core Courses
Success SeminarThis course is designed to inform the student of successful methods for enhancing academic skills, personal life management, and educational navigation and how it is practiced in various personal and professional situations. Assessments provide for reflection and improvement of individuals.
Success SearchThis course will provide non-traditional adult college students with the tools to be successful with academic skills, personal life, and educational navigation.
Career Development LectureThe course will provide the framework for the career decision making process. It stresses the connection between the student’s chosen academic field and career objective. Among techniques employed include resume writing, interview skill development and internet research.
Billing & Coding Concentration Courses
Introduction to Computer OperationsThis course provides students a survey of computers and information processing and their roles in society. It will introduce a historical perspective of computing, hardware, software, information systems, and human resources and explores their integration and application in business and other segments of society. Students will be required to complete lab assignments using the PC’s operating system, and several commonly used applications, such as word processors, Internet browsers and search engines, spreadsheets and graphics presentations applications.
Medical Terminology Lecture/LabThis course offers an introduction to medical terms through an analysis of their construction including prefix, suffix, root, connecting and combining forms. The student acquires an understanding of medical meanings applicable to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. Abbreviations and their appropriate usage are represented.
Anatomy & Physiology IThis course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations.
Anatomy & Physiology IIThis course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; Gynecology; the reproductive system, the circulatory system, sensory, lymphatic, and the brain function. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations. Lab included.
Medical EthicsThis course is designed to inform the student of the legal aspects of their profession and of medicine. Ethics, bioethics, negligence, and the Good Samaritan Statute will be covered. HIPAA and the importance of confidentiality, contracts, and the importance of proper documentation will also be discussed.
Administrative Office ProceduresStudents learn office procedures such as filing, handling mail, and preparing budgets. Students also learn stress management strategies and the importance of workplace ethics and effective communication in diverse environments. This course explores changes and challenges in the 21st century workplace and the role of the administrative professional within that setting.
Principles of Health Information ResourcesThis course focuses on the principles of organization and supervision of human, financial, and physical resources.
Current Procedural Codes / CPT-IThis course will emphasize the rules and guidelines on the CPT coding manual. It will benefit those who work or want to work in the medical field whether it is as a medical biller, medical coder, medical collector, or medical office administrator. The class format is designed to help the beginner coder learn and understand the concept of coding using the CPT-4 coding manual.
Diagnostic Coding/ ICD-9 & 10This course is an introduction to basic diagnostic coding and present students to the characteristics and conventions of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th and 10th Edition, Clinical Modification), and other diagnosis coding systems or code sets (DSM-IV, ICD-0, etc.). Focus is placed on using diagnosis codes correctly and official coding guidelines; and includes extensive practice coding exercises.
Medical InsuranceThis course prepares students in many of the procedures associated with billing for medical services. Students will examine many different types of insurance programs, profit and nonprofit third-party payers, workers compensation package and disability coverage.
Certified Professional Coder ExamThis course includes preparation for the certified professional coder examination. This course includes practice assessments covering topics covered throughout the medical billing and coding specialist program courses. Prerequisite: None
PracticumMedical Billing & Coding: Upon successful completion of classroom training, medical insurance billing/coding students participate in an externship. Serving in an externship at an approved facility, gives externs an opportunity to work with the
principles and practices obtained in the classroom. Externs work under the direct supervision of the college staff. Completed evaluation forms are placed in the student’s permanent records. Students must successfully complete their externship training in order to fulfill requirements for graduation.Prerequisites: Must successfully complete all other courses in program.
General Education ClassesThe required general education component must include at least one course from each of the following groups: Humanities,
Mathematics and the Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Become a Medical Billing and Coding Professional
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