Medical Office Coding, OEC

Overview

The UAA Medical Office Coding program prepares students to work as medical office coders in medical office and outpatient settings coding medical records for statistical and reimbursement purposes. The program is based upon the American Academy of Professional coders (AAPC) recommendations.  We offer a 17-credit undergraduate Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) that is typically completed over three academic semesters of part-time coursework.  

Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to sit for the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination. Students who successfully pass the AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination will be granted initial apprenticeship status. See more regarding CPC-A apprenticeship status

Program Highlights

  • 17 credit Occupational Endorsement Certificate
  • Fall, Spring and Summer Semester start options
  • Certificate is typically completed in three semesters of half-time enrollment.
  • Some courses offered in an online learning format.
  • Courses prepare students to take the AAPC Professional Coder (CPC) exam

 

What is a coder?

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.