Students learn the fundamentals of medical coding and are prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) exam and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Course topics include medical terminology; anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, computer applications in healthcare technologies, insurance plans; medical ethics; HIPAA; diagnostic and procedural coding; coding compliance and auditing; physician and hospital billing; Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Students receive training on ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS code assignment.

After completing the Medical Coding & Billing courses, students will be able to: 

  • Outline the typical responsibilities of a medical biller/coder, describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession, and describe the career opportunities available to appropriately trained personnel. 
  • Describe how to build a strong base of medical terminology and use this terminology to accurately identify and describe body planes, anatomical directions, and the major structures, functions, and pathologies of all body systems. 
  • Describe the purpose and impact of the Healthcare Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and explain how professionals can learn about changes to the laws and regulations that affect them. 
  • Compare and contrast the major types of government and commercial insurance health plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and Point-of-Service (POS) plans. 
  • Explain the purpose of medical coding and accurately code diagnoses and procedures using industry-standard coding systems published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Medical Association (AMA). 
  • Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process. 
  • Summarize the life cycle of a typical insurance claim and explain the processing steps that must be completed before claims and other forms can be submitted to the insurance company. 
  • Describe the typical billing guidelines for inpatient 

Programs

Medical Coding and Billing Certificate

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Courses available for the 2021-2022 academic year:
  • MCB 100 Intro to Health Information Management, 3 cr.
    • Prerequisites or corequisites:  AHE 101, BIO 160, CIS 120
  • MCB 130 Computer Applications and Healthcare Technologies, 3 cr.
    • Prerequisite: CIS 120
  • MCB 160 Revenue Cycle Management Process, 3 cr.
    • Prerequisite: MCB 100
  • MCB 200 CPC Medical Coding and Billing Training & Health Law, 6 cr.
    • Prerequisite: AHE 101 and BIO 160; Corequisite: MCB 130 and MCB 160
  • MCB 230 CPC Certification Exam Prep and Professional Practice, 3 cr.
    • Prerequisite: MCB 200

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