Medical office coders work in medical offices 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 certificate that is awarded by the university. All medical coding coursework is fully transferable to the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree program.
Professional certification is available through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Program Student Learning 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:
Completing the Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding usually takes three semesters to complete due to the required sequencing of courses
1.Complete the following core courses with a grade of C or higher: (11 credits)
2. Complete a minimum of 6 credits of the following support courses, as approved by the department advisor, with a minimum grade of C:
3. A total of 17 credits is required for this occupational endorsement certificate.
Other Recommended Courses for this Occupation are:
ICD-10-CM Training for Coders and Medical Assistants Information
This two-day course provides comprehensive training and hands-on practice in guidelines and coding from all chapters of ICD-10-CM. Training will be available for Summer 2015. More information will become available in early April, 2015.