Medical Coding Specialists are essential to healthcare organizations because they have an impact on revenues and health outcome data.  Certification in this field has become an industry standard. The Medical Coding Specialist certificate offers students a diverse plan of study that provides an understanding of the many aspects of the emerging field of healthcare technology and information management.  Students learn the skills necessary to classify medical data from patient records for coding in a facility, such as, a hospital. Students gain knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology. Those completing this program could code medical records or find employment in health information divisions in government agencies and healthcare facilities. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination.  For more information visit www.ahima.orgThis program takes 16 months to complete and includes online course work. 
Prerequisite:  Placement testing that demonstrates eligibility for ENG101 and MAT137 required.

 Fall 2017   Medical Terminology  $549
 Human Biology with Lab  729
 Health Information Management Principles  549
 Winter 2018  Pharmacology  239
 Spring 2018  Medical Coding I 549
 Medical Coding II 549
 Pathophysiology 549
 Fall 2018  Professional Practice Experience I, II, III  1499
 Certification Exam Prep 239

TOTAL COST:   $5451 (textbooks not included)

Fall 2017 Courses


Courses in the Medical Coding Specialist Program

Health Information Management Principles
This course provides students with an introduction to the health information management profession.  Students will explore the variety of healthcare delivery settings and the types of records they create.  Students will understand the content requirements of the medical record and will learn to evaluate compliance with regulations and standards for medical record documentation.  The course will explain the significance of accuracy and integrity of healthcare data in the revenue cycle and in quality and performance improvement processes.  This course introduces students to the operation of an HIM department including information systems, budgets, diversity, and the professional code of ethics for health information professionals. (Updated Fall 2017)

Human Biology with Lab
This course provides a basic introduction to fundamental biological principles and the structure and function of the human body. Selected topics of relevance to humans will be highlighted through case studies. Application of scientific processes, including the scientific method, analysis of data, and drawing appropriate conclusions will be integrated in the laboratory and classroom setting. This course will serve to provide a foundation in biology enabling the student to become a more informed citizen in science. This course is not open to students who have passed a higher level human anatomy and physiology course.

Medical Coding I
This course introduces students to nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare.  The course provides in-depth coverage of the ICD-10CM and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. Students will begin with simple coding cases and advance to more complex coding and auditing. Healthcare reimbursement issues will be explored with emphasis on the need for documentation to support accurate code assignment and billing for healthcare services.  Students will apply the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS)  The ICD-10-CM will be compared to the DSM-5 codes for behavioral health. (Updated Fall 2017)

Medical Coding II
Nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare covered in this course include the CPT/HCPCS coding systems.  Students will begin with simple coding cases and advance to more complex coding and auditing.  Students will explore nomenclatures and classification systems commonly used in electronic health records and reporting including SNOMED, LOINC, NDC, along with an introduction to ICD-11. (Updated Fall 2017)

Medical Terminology
This course is an introduction to basic medical terminology including origins of scientific terms, suffixes and prefixes which will enhance student ability to interpret and discuss scientific and clinical concepts. Concentration is on medical terminology which facilitates the student’s comprehension of materials in patient records, medical reports and scientific articles. Clinical cases including diagnostic reports are utilized for discussion in this course.

Pathophysiology
This course provides an introduction to the study of functional changes that accompany human diseases.  The purpose of this course is to supply students with basic understanding which will prepare them for the healthcare setting.  The most common conditions along with new and emerging diseases will be included.  Components of pharmacology will also be included for each category of diseases.

Pharmacology
An examination of the more commonly prescribed medications as they relate to specific body systems. Topics include practices governing the use, dispensing, administration, and storage of pharmaceuticals. Terminology relating to drugs and the administration of drugs is emphasized.

Professional Practice Experience I, II, III
Clinical Coding PPE I Through this course, students will develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes.  It will include the validation of coded clinical information and case mix/severity of illness data.  Students will complete coding case studies utilizing a logic-based encoder and coding references.  Medical records coded in this course include cases covering the following body systems and coding categories:  integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system, and respiratory.

Clinical Coding PPE II Through this course, students will develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes.  It will include the validation of coded clinical information and case mix/severity of illness data.  Students will complete coding case studies utilizing a logic-based encoder and coding references.  Medical records coded in this course include cases covering the following body systems and coding categories:  infectious and parasitic disease; endocrine diseases; nervous system and sense organs; neoplasm; genitourinary system; pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium; congenital abnormalities; signs and symptoms; and mental disorders.

Clinical Coding PPE III Through this course, students will develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. It will include the validation of coded clinical information and case mix/severity of illness data. Students will complete coding case studies utilizing a logic-based encoder and coding references. Medical records coded in this course include cases covering the following body systems and coding categories: circulatory system, injury and poisoning, and factors influencing health status.

Certification Exam Prep
Students completing a degree in health information management usually sit for a professional certification exam in health information management and/or coding. This course will prepare students for certification exams by providing test-taking tips and study strategies. Students will review exam content including coding, privacy and security of health information, and other exam topics. Students will receive assistance in selecting and registering for certification exams and will complete practice tests. Students will have the opportunity to explore career goals and prepare a resume.