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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Medical Coding & Health Information (AAS.HIMC)

This program will prepare students for management positions in Health Information. Students are instructed in medical ethics, coding, information technology, statistics, management, and medical reimbursement. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to sit for medical coding exams available through national organizations such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
CIS-160
Practical Software Application

CIS-160
Practical Software Application

Provides an opportunity for students to learn computer concepts and to use word processing, spreadsheet, database managment, and presentation software. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

3.0
MCS-040
Health Info for Professionals

MCS-040
Health Info for Professionals

An introduction and overview to health information management. The course will cover the history and the many applicable fields available to a health information management specialist. Students will explore the different areas of health information.

Course Outline

3.0
BIO-050
Basic Anatomy & Physiology

BIO-050
Basic Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides an understanding of anatomical structures and functions of the human body.

Course Outline

4.0
MCS-041
Medical Office Terminology

MCS-041
Medical Office Terminology

A medical professional's course in medical terminology. Students will receive word parts going over primary terms, then review structure, and functions of the body systems, so they can relate those to medical specialists, pathology, diagnostics and treatment procedures.

Course Outline

3.0
AHE-044
Pathophysiology

AHE-044
Pathophysiology

This course provides basic concepts of both structural and functional changes caused by disease in tissues and organs as a basis for understanding clinical manifestations and principles of treatment.

Course Outline

3.0
SFS-101
Strategies for Success

SFS-101
Strategies for Success

Designed to improve student performance in college and beyond. Topics include: college resources; identification of college and career goals; implementation of study, note-taking, and test-taking strategies; and development of life management skills including time management, stress management, and relationship skills.

Course Outline

2.0

Semester Totals

18.0
Second Semester
AHE-057
Pharmacology for Coders

AHE-057
Pharmacology for Coders

This course provides an overview of pharmacology and assists the medical coder to recognize drug forms, identify administration routes, therapeutic uses, read the prescription, identify drug categories, generic and trade names and associate drugs with clinical applications.

Course Outline

3.0
MCS-050
Principles of CPT Coding

MCS-050
Principles of CPT Coding

A beginner's course for the CPT coding system. This class will provide students with a general understanding of the format and guidelines necessary for CPT coding.


Course Outline

3.0
MCS-055
Principles of ICD-10-CM Coding

MCS-055
Principles of ICD-10-CM Coding

A beginner's course in ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of coding segments and body systems.

Course Outline

3.0
BUS-063
Medical Transcription (Module 1)

BUS-063
Medical Transcription (Module 1)

Designed to develop skills in transcribing recorded medical dictation in an efficient manner using proper formats, grammar, spelling, and medical terminology.


Course Outline

*
1.0
BUS-084
Adv Medical Transcription (Module 2)

BUS-084
Adv Medical Transcription (Module 2)

Designed to develop skills with realistic dictation with comprehensive terminology in 13 specialties by medical professionals from various ethnic groups.


Prerequisites: BUS 063


Course Outline

*
1.0
AHE-055
Math for Meds

AHE-055
Math for Meds

This course will prepare the student to perform drug calculations safely and accurately. Students will be introduced to identification and administration of oral and parenteral medications.

Course Outline

2.0
ENG-095
Business English

ENG-095
Business English

Using critical thinking skills, students will study and reinforce the basics of the English language as they apply to business communications. Emphasis is placed on grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

16.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
MCS-065
Adv CPT Coding and Modifiers

MCS-065
Adv CPT Coding and Modifiers

An advanced course that explores the different subsections of the CPT and correct coding of procedures. Students will familiarize themselves with CPT coding by coding case studies and scenarios.


Course Outline

*
3.0
MCS-070
Advanced ICD-10-CM Coding

MCS-070
Advanced ICD-10-CM Coding

An advanced course specializing in all aspects of ICD-10-CM coding. This course will focus on specific body systems and not the overall aspect of ICD-10-CM coding.


Course Outline

*
3.0
MCS-068
Medical Management and Ethics

MCS-068
Medical Management and Ethics

This course covers the management of a medical office as well as ethics, biomedical ethics, and ethical challenges affecting the medical manager.

Course Outline

*
3.0
BUS-095
Fundamentals of Accounting

BUS-095
Fundamentals of Accounting

An introduction to basic accounting principles and techniques designed to give the student a general knowledge of accounting practices and terminology. Students will work through the accounting cycle for both a service and retail business.

Course Outline

3.0
MCS-056
Credentialing/Emerging Coding

MCS-056
Credentialing/Emerging Coding

This course covers HCPCS coding, basic physician credentialing, prior authorizations for procedures and pharmacies, and various Medicare tools and regulations.

Course Outline

*
3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
Second Semester
MCS-091
Healthcare Statistics

MCS-091
Healthcare Statistics

This course is a statistics class focused on calculating and reporting healthcare statistics and the common formulas used by hospitals and physician offices.

Course Outline

*
3.0
MCS-092
Medical Records and the Law

MCS-092
Medical Records and the Law

This is an advanced course focused on the American legal system and the impact the law has on medical records, health information in general, and HIPAA.

Course Outline

*
3.0
PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing concepts and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

Course Outline

3.0
MCS-060
Medical Ins Reimbursement

MCS-060
Medical Ins Reimbursement

An advanced course concerning medical insurance billing and reimbursement. This course will focus on insurance companies such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Course Outline

3.0
BUS-141
Business Communications

BUS-141
Business Communications

Provides students practical strategies for improving written and oral communication, including employment communication, in business settings.


Course Outline

3.0
MCS-075
Hospital-Med Coding Internship

MCS-075
Hospital-Med Coding Internship

This course provides students with the opportunity to intern in a hospital setting. It provides supervised work experience coordinated with a healthcare systems related employer. A minimum of 62.5 hours of internship time is required for one credit hour.


Course Outline

* OR
MCS-085
Hospital Coding Cert Prep

MCS-085
Hospital Coding Cert Prep

An exam preparation course that will provide students with a comprehensive review for the CPC-H and CCS exams.


Course Outline

*
1.0
MCS-080
Clinic-Med Coding Internship

MCS-080
Clinic-Med Coding Internship

This course provides students with the opportunity to intern in a clinic setting. It provides supervised work experience coordinated with a healthcare systems related employer. A minimum of 62.5 hours of internship time is required for one credit hour.


Course Outline

* OR
MCS-090
Clinic Coding Cert Prep

MCS-090
Clinic Coding Cert Prep

An exam preparation course that will provide students with a comprehensive review for the CPC and CCS-P exams.


Course Outline

*
1.0

Semester Totals

17.0

Total Program Hours

66.0
 

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