Medical Coding

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Medical coding courses teach the skills and concepts necessary for entry-level coding positions in a variety of health care facilities.

Students may elect to sit for certification exams offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and/or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Note: You must meet the respective organization’s examination criteria. Practical experience and a strong aptitude in this field are recommended prior to sitting for these certification exams.

Medical Coding courses are offered via traditional classroom instruction and/or in an online course format. Online course requires Windows (not Mac) for the required software. Students can choose to complete sequence by selecting seven online or traditional courses below:

Recommended course sequence

(O=Online, T=Traditional):

  1. Expanded Medical Terminology for the Health Care Professional (O,T)
  2. Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office Professional (T)
  3. Medical Coding I  (O,T)
  4. Medical Coding II  (O,T)
  5. Medical Insurance and Billing (O,T)
  6. Electronic Health Records (O,T)
  7. AAPC/AHIMA  Medical Coding Boot Camp (T) – Suggested course to prepare for National Certification

Electives for Medical Coding

(O=Online, T=Traditional):
Students may select from the following online/classroom courses as an elective:

  • Communication Skills for Health Care Professionals (T, O)
  • Online Introduction to Medical Coding (O)
  • Medical Law (T, O)

Note: You must have access to a computer with Internet connectivity and an active email address to take any of the online courses. Visit the information section to learn more about Medical Coding.

Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office

How does the human body function? This course provides a basic overview of the human body’s systems, as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, circulation, the immune response, and electrolytes. Students gain an understanding of how different systems within the human body relate to one another. Textbook required. Recommended prerequisites include sound keyboarding skills, a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, basic file management skills, and familiarity with basic grammar. Recommended prerequisite course: Expanded Medical Terminology for the Health Care Professional. Textbook required. 90 hours. $180

Required Textbook:
Structure and Function of the Body 14th Edition, by Gary A. Thibodeau and Kevin T. Patton. Publisher: Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN# 9780323077217

44913 1/26–5/14 ONLINE January 19 registration deadline



Electronic Medical Records

Increasingly, medical support personnel need to understand how to work with electronic medical records (EMR). After reviewing the history and standards of EMR, this course provides practical training in scheduling appointments, tracking patient activity, ordering tests, charting patient vitals, and documenting office visits. Recommended prerequisites include sound keyboarding skills, a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, and basic file management skills. Textbook required. Registration procedures for online courses. 48 hours. $125

Required Textbook:
The Electronic Health Record for the Physician’s Office with MedTrak Systems, by Amy DeVore. Publisher: W. B. Saunders Company. ISBN# 9781455723591

44920 1/26–4/10 ONLINE January 19 registration deadline

 

Expanded Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals

This course provides the foundation to build your skills in the medical profession by focusing on the language of medicine, emphasizing prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Learn the medical vocabulary that relates to anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, diagnostic treatment, and procedures of various body systems. Students learn to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms. Textbook required. Recommended prerequisites include sound keyboarding skills, a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, and basic file management skills. Textbook required. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $180

Required Textbook:
The Language of Medicine 10th Edition(User Guide, Access Code and Textbook Package w/CD), by Davi-Ellen Chabner. Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company. ISBN# 9781437709810

44921 2/3–5/18 ONLINE January 27 registration deadline

 

Medical Coding I/CPT/HCPCS

Medical Coding I introduces students to CPT and HCPCS Level II and gives students an overview of guidelines. Students learn how to abstract documentation for procedural coding and to identify services the patient received. Students should be able to demonstrate the concepts of CPT and HCPCS Level II and have experience in medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $184 (Online $180)

Required Textbooks:
Step By Step Medical Coding, 2015 Edition, by Carol J. Buck. ISBN# 9780323279819
2015 CPT Professional Edition (Spiral), AMA. ISBN# 9781622020263
HCPCS 2015 Level II Codebook, AMA. ISBN# 9781622021833
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-indexed Version), F.A. Davis Company. ISBN# 9780803629776
Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety 15th Edition, Neil M. Davis. ISBN# 9780931431159

44925   1/20–4/17 ONLINE   January 13 registration deadline
44924 TTh 1/27–5/7 6–9 p.m. NGM 101B January 20 registration deadline

 

Medical Coding II/ICD-10

ICD-10CM/PCS (International Classification of Disease, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System) consists of ICD-10CM for diagnosis coding and ICD-10PCS for inpatient procedure coding. Diagnosis coding will change from three to five digits and will transition to three to seven digits. Its current 17 chapters will expand to 21 chapters. ICD-10PCS is for the use of inpatient hospital setting only. It represents seven alphanumeric digits instead of the three or four numeric digits used in ICD-9CM procedure coding. Coding under ICD-10PCS is more specific and different from ICD-9CM procedure coding. In this course, students learn the conventions and guidelines, as well as how to apply ICD-10CM/PCS scenarios. 90 hours. $184

Required Textbooks:
ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding: Theory and Practice, 2015 Edition- Text and Workbook package, by Karla R. Lovaasen and Jennifer Schwerdtfeger. ISBN# 978023319935
ICD-10-CM Professional for Physicians Draft, 2015 Edition, Optum360. ISBN# 9781622540457
ICD-10-PCS Draft, 2015 Edition, Optum360. ISBN# 978622540198
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-indexed Version), F.A. Davis Company. ISBN# 9780803629776
Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety 15th Edition, Neil M. Davis. ISBN# 9780931431159

44926 Sat 1/24–4/25 8 a.m.–4 p.m. CEC 609 January 19 registration deadline

 

Medical Insurance and Billing

Using a practice-based approach, learn to confidently complete and submit health insurance claims. Realistic examples, case studies, and application exercises simplify the complex field of health insurance. Textbook and online packet required. Recommended prerequisite course: Introduction to Medical Terminology or Expanded Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals. Recommended prerequisites include a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, the Internet, and email. Registration procedures for online courses. 48 hours. $125

44928     2/17–5/9 ONLINE February 10 registration deadline

Required Textbooks:
Insurance Handbook for Medical Office 13th Edition, by Marilyn Fordney. Publisher: Elsevier. ISBN# 9781455733255
Insurance Handbook for Medical Office Workbook 13th Edition, by Marilyn Fordney. Publisher: Elsevier. ISBN# 9781455748112

 

 

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