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HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - CODING AND BILLING (FALL ADMISSION)

DEGREE: Certificate in Applied Science with a major in Medical Coding

To provide Medical Coding graduates for entry level positions in the various healthcare settings meeting the educational, economic, and healthcare delivery system needs.

Medical Coders regularly communicate with physicians for clarification of patient diagnoses and procedures. They must have a good background in medical terminology and disease processes. Coders utilize patient health information to appropriately assign numerical codes for billing and reimbursemt. Coders must understand government and insurance regulations and guidelines. Coders also abstract information from the health record to be used in research, internal and external health statistics. Coders must be able to work independently, pay attention to detail and possess good communication skills.

Coders are employed in any type of facility that provides patient care. Entry-level positions begin around $25,000-30,000 annually. Salary ranges vary by geographical location.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: Biology, Keyboarding
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Departmental Approval
  3. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  4. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  5. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  6. MMR Immunization or Titer
  7. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  8. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  9. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: ALL
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: HIM
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Curriculum Completion Requirement - 24 months

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Course Requirements


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
AHS 121 Basic Pharmacology 2 0 2
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy And Physiology 3 3 4
HIM 130 Billing and Reimbursement 3 0 3
HIM 135 Medical Pathology 3 0 3
HIM 140 Current Procedural Terminology I 2 3 3
HIM 150 Coding Practicum I 0 9 3
HIM 216 Coding & Classification I 2 3 3
HIM 225 Coding & Classification II 2 3 3
HIM 266 Computers in Health Care 3 0 3
23 21 30
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  30

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy And Physiology 3 3 4
HIM 130 Billing and Reimbursement 3 0 3
HIM 266 Computers in Health Care 3 0 3
12 3 13

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 121 Basic Pharmacology 2 0 2
HIM 135 Medical Pathology 3 0 3
HIM 140 Current Procedural Terminology I 2 3 3
HIM 216 Coding & Classification I 2 3 3
9 6 11

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
HIM 150 Coding Practicum I 0 9 3
HIM 225 Coding & Classification II 2 3 3
2 12 6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  30

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

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