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Medical Coding Specialist - Diploma

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Medical Coding Specialist - 46 credit Diploma
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Estimated Costs for this Major

Tuition/Fees:$8,340
Tools:N/A
Books/Supplies:$1,479
Total:$9,819
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer requirement
Choose one 3 credit Computer course.
3 cr
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
 
7 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
ACCT1218
Spreadsheets Concepts and Applications
This course uses a spreadsheet system for business applications. Procedures used include: document creation, storage, retrieval, major editing, printing, merger of documents, segments and variables, and graph creation. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MEDS1207
Anatomy & Physiology Disease Conditions
This course covers the introduction to human anatomy and systems with an emphasis on medical terminology, abbreviations, diagnostic tests and diseases for the human body. Study of disease by anatomical systems. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MEDS1210
Medical Terminology
This course covers word analysis by the study of word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and abbreviations common to the medical profession. Comprehension is expected concerning combining word parts, recognizing the meaning of the new term, understanding and writing anatomical, diagnostic, radiologic, surgical, and therapeutic terms. (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1214
Medical Machine Transcription I
This course covers transcription of dictated medical material into a variety of usable medical documents. Students will be able to describe the content and purpose of the various medical documents transcribed. (Prerequisites: ADMS1417, MEDS1210 or concurrent) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1221
Interpersonal Career Concepts
This course is designed specifically for students in allied health occupations including Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, and Medical Coding Specialist. Students will learn effective communication skills within a medical setting. The course will cover effective tools needed to establish healthy interpersonal relationships within a students personal life, family life, community, and workplace. Decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking will be introduced. Conflict resolution skills, harassing behavior, resume writing and professional interview techniques will be identified. (Prerequisites: None) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1222
Medical Insurance
This course explains each phase of the medical claim cycle. Insurance payers, basic coding and billing rules, and standard requirements for billing using the CMS-1500 form will be provided. Emphasis is placed on the importance of accurate completion of CMS-1500 forms (electronic or paper) for successful reimbursement. The course will also cover HIPAA and OIG regulations. The focus of this course is to prepare the student to become familiar with each phase of the medical claim cycle within a medical environment. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210 or concurrent) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1224
Advanced Medical Insurance
The focus of this class will be in providing a greater understanding of the process of medical insurance billing, payments and coding implications. (Prerequisite: MEDS1222 Medical Insurance) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1601
Introduction to Health Information Management
This course will introduce the student to health information management as a work-based, task-oriented function. It will demonstrate the variety of individual functions and professional opportunities as well as explain the number of national and international organizations involved. The course focus will be on healthcare data collection to include the maintenance, use, and preservation of this data in support of patient safety, privacy, confidentiality, and security. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210 or concurrent) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MEDS1605
Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information
This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues facing professionals in health occupations. Course content will include, but not be limited to, topics such as access to medical care, informed consent, confidentiality of health care information and exceptions to confidentiality, mandatory reporting obligations such as child and elder abuse, privileged communications between health care providers, advance directives, abortion, physician-assisted suicide. This course is intended to expose students to situations with ethical implications. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1610
Pharmacology
This course is designed specifically for students in allied health occupations including Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Coding Specialist. Students will learn to identify drugs by classification, characteristics of typical drugs, indications, most common side effects, precautions, contraindications, route of administration, generic and trade names. Students will gain knowledge of drug abbreviations and symbols which is required for accurate interpretation of physicians' orders. Medical terminology is essential to understand the pharmacology terminology introduced. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210 or concurrent) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1621
Coding
The focus of the class is learning the coding rules for the CPT, ICD-9-CM, and Level II (HCPCS) coding systems and then applying the rules to code patient services. Students will be given diagnosis and procedure scenarios for all body systems. Students will select the appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes for billing, research, and quality improvement. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210 or concurrent) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1626
Coding Advanced
The focus of the class is learning the coding rules for the CPT, ICD-9-CM, and Level II (HCPCS) coding systems and then applying the rules to code patient services. Students will be given diagnosis and procedure scenarios for all body systems. Students will select the appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes for billing, research, and quality improvement. Knowledge of Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Pharmacology are essential to reach coding proficiency. (Prerequisites: MEDS1210, MEDS1208, MEDS1610, and MEDS1621) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1630
ICD-10-CM/PCS
This course will introduce the student to the professional standards for coding and reporting of diagnostic inpatient and outpatient services and inpatient procedure services. This course will introduce the student to the ICD-10-CM and PCS classification systems with an emphasis on the correct process of utilizing the alphabetic index and tabular list for code assignment. The focus will be on rules, conventions, instructions of ICD-10-CM as well as the chapter specific guidelines, The ICD-9 classification system will be discussed and compared to the ICD-10-CM. (Prerequisites or concurrent: MEDS 1208, 1210, 1222, 1621) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1650
Medical Coding Capstone
Students in this course will gain practical experience applying advanced ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS coding assignment and application of coding guidelines to ensure accurate code assignment and correct code sequencing. Students will code a variety of medical records from hospitals, physicians' offices, and other health care settings. (Prerequisite or concurrent: MEDS1224, MEDS1626) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
 
39 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 46



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