Dec 05, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Coding Specialist, AAS

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Associate of Applied Science Degree: 94 credits

Enrollment Point: Fall or Winter Quarter

Develop skills and knowledge to transform descriptions of diseases, injuries, conditions, and procedures into numerical designations in clinics, insurance companies, and other medical settings. Work with doctors, managers, and other healthcare professionals to translate written terminology or descriptions into a universal, common language. Learn medical terminology, word processing, spreadsheet applications, and computerized patient accounting while using ICD-10 CM/PCS, CPT and HCPCS level II guidelines to complete the CMS-1500 claim form using patient data abstracted from the encounter form and medical record. This high-demand occupation provides many opportunities for peoples who like attention to detail and take pride in their work.

An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of core course requirements.

Transfer credit from other institutions is considered upon validation of transcript and course work.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Perform business functions in a medical office.
  • Model ethical behavior.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, co-workers and industry professionals.
  • Promote a positive workplace environment.
  • Evaluate medical documentation to identify and assign procedure and diagnostic codes.
  • Analyze clinic coding performance by extracting or auditing revenue performance.
  • Disseminate information on coding standards and requirements to optimize reimbursement.

Program Requirements

Below is the course sequence for students who enter in Fall Quarter. The course sequence for other entry points may vary. 

Quarter 2

GPA Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum grade for each course: 2.0

*Note: Clinical & Field-Based Experience courses require a Satisfactory (S) grade.

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