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Medical Coding Specialist

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Program Description

The Medical Coding Specialist Diploma prepares students to fulfill the demands of the medical coding profession. The program affords students the opportunity to become proficient in skills needed to perform Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), as well as International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9 CM) medical coding functions. The program includes support courses, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Transcription, Financial Management, and Medical Terminology. Current concepts in Managed Care, Ethics, and Health Care Law provide the student with a knowledge base from which to practice. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply and take the CPC National Certification Exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Career Opportunities

  • Coding Specialist
  • Billing Coordinator
  • Health Information Management Coder
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Health Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Transcriptionist
  • Reimbursement Specialist

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize current ICD-9-CM and CPT coding and reporting in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Discuss the purposes of diagnostic and procedural coding for professional services.
  3. Correlate medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology concepts with the coding process.
  4. Identify organizational principles of the Health Information Department.
  5. Demonstrate computer literacy and basic knowledge of software applications.
  6. Apply ethico-legal aspects while performing medical coding activities.
  7. Develop interpersonal and team participation skills.

Obtaining the Diploma

To earn the diploma, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all program requirements, including General Education Core and Technical Core.

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