Medical office coders work in medical office and outpatient settings coding medical records for statistical and reimbursement purposes. A good understanding of medical terminology is essential for diagnosis and procedure coding. An understanding of human biology or anatomy and physiology is also necessary for a medical coder to accurately interpret what one is attempting to code. Experience working in a medical setting or current employment in a medical office or hospital where you utilize medical terminology and anatomy and physiology may be adequate for you to do well in the coding class.
The Medical Coding program is an occupational endorsement certificate program. An occupational endorsement is a transcripted certificate that is awarded by the university. All medical coding coursework is fully transferable to the Associate’s degree program.
Professional certification is available through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
What is an OEC?
Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OECs) are certificates requiring 29 or fewer credits to complete. These certificates provide the specialized knowledge and skills needed in specific employment sectors. OECs are noted on transcripts. To qualify for admission to an occupational endorsement certificate program a student must either: Have earned a high school diploma, GED, or at least 60 college level semester credits; or Be 18 years of age or older and have participated in UAA's Ability to Benefit Process (see UAA Catalog for details).
See Occupational Endorsement Certificate admission requirements in Chapter 7 of the catalog.
Description of Outcomes
This program prepares students to work as medical coders in outpatient settings. The program is based upon the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recommendations. Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to sit for the AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist – Physician (CCS-P) coding examination. After successful completion of this program the students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Proficiency in the performance of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding.
- Proficiency in the performance of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.
- Proficiency in the performance of International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnostic coding.
Occupational Endorsement Certificate Requirements
1. Complete the following core courses with a grade of C or higher: (11 credits)
MA A101 Medical Terminology I (3 credits)
MA A104 Essentials of Human Diseases (3 credits)
MA A220 Coding for the Medical Office (3 credits)
MA A320 Advanced Case Studies in Medical Coding (2 credits)
2. Complete a minimum of 6 credits of the following support courses, as approved by the department advisor, with a grade of C or higher:
BIOL A100 Human Biology (3 credits)
BIOL A111 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
BIOL A112 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
MA A230 Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office (3 credits)
3. A total of 17 credits is required for this occupational endorsement certificate.
Other Recommended Courses for this Occupation are:
BIOL 111 and 112 - Anatomy and Physiology
CIOS 101 and 102 - Keyboarding speed of 45 wpm
CIS 105 - Computer knowledge
CIOS 130A - Microsoft Word
MA 120 - Medical Office Procedures
Review the web version of our Medical Assisting Brochure for more information.