2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Professional Services - Medical Coding, Certificate

Overview

Medical billers and coders are in demand by hospitals, insurance companies, medical offices, and health clinics. This major prepares students to function in medical records settings. Students learn to organize medical records, to assign codes to disease processes and procedures, and to facilitate third-party reimbursement and record keeping. They are prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CPC) professional certification exam through the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) at the end of their coursework. In addition, the College has an “in house” internship experience for our students on the LDS Business College campus. This 120 internship experience may lead to job offers to students who meet the company's' qualification criteria.

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Career Opportunities

Medical billers/coders are in demand by hospitals, insurance companies, medical offices, and health clinics. This occupation is expected to experience faster than average employment growth with a moderate volume of annual job openings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are able to:

  • Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner.
  • Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles.
  • Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools.
  • Comprehend and think critically to solve problems.
  • Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Classify the organ systems of the body and demonstrate a strong knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Correlate knowledge of general anatomy & medical terminology to perform coding & billing tasks.
  • Apply medical legal principles when working with protected health information (PHI).
  • Apply legal and ethical standards as they relate to medical professions
  • Accurately code diagnoses and procedures for the medical office.
  • Perform: (a) word processing, (b) spreadsheet applications, (c) database applications, (d) Internet searches, and (e) billing functions.
  • Demonstrate the mathematical skills essential to employment as a medical office coder.
  • Accurately prepare insurance billing forms in ethically sensitive ways.
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly use complex technologies for coding using the CPT and ICD-10-CM coding systems.
  • Perform typical medical office financial activities using applicable software.
  • Prepare patient account statements using computerized patient accounting software while applying professional standards of confidentiality of medical records.
  • Understand and practice the professional work habits expected in the medical office field, including confidentiality, and ethical practices.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills needed to prioritize, anticipate and analyze problems, and to evaluate and implement solutions.
  • Possess a commitment to diversity and enhanced employability through the understanding and practice of human relations, teamwork and patient service skills.
  • Use professional standards in medical billing and coding practice and maintain a commitment to continual education credits.
  • Complete Certified Professional Coding Exam (CPC) examination with a passing score.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Religion Courses

REL Two cornerstone religion courses (4 credit hours)

Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & Everlast Gospel

2 credits

REL 275Teach & Doct of Book of Mormon

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

College-wide Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

ENG 101Intro. to College Writing

3 credits

ENG 220Professional Bus Comm

3 credits

FIN 101Personal Finance

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Program Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
HP 106Medical Law & Ethics

2 credits

HP 124ICD-9/ICD-10 CM Coding

3 credits

HP 125ICD-10-PCS Coding

3 credits

HP 126CPT and HCPSC Coding

3 credits

HP 127Coding Technology Lab

2 credits

HP 140Medical Terminology

3 credits

HP 151Healthcare Del. Sys & Reimb

3 credits

HP 170Introduction to Pharmacology

2 credits

HP 175Pathophysiology

2 credits

HP 197Medical Coding Practicum

2 credits

LS 265Anatomy & Physiology

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:29

Total Credit Hours: 45

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Depending upon the number of preparatory courses a student must take, an additional semester may be required to complete the program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

ENG 101Intro. to College Writing

3 credits

HP 140Medical Terminology

3 credits

LS 265Anatomy & Physiology

4 credits

Religion Cornerstone Religion course

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIN 101Personal Finance

3 credits

HP 106Medical Law & Ethics

2 credits

HP 124ICD-9/ICD-10 CM Coding

3 credits

HP 126CPT and HCPSC Coding

3 credits

HP 175Pathophysiology

2 credits

Religion Cornerstone Religion course

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 220Professional Bus Comm

3 credits

HP 125ICD-10-PCS Coding

3 credits

HP 127Coding Technology Lab

2 credits

HP 151Healthcare Del. Sys & Reimb

3 credits

HP 170Introduction to Pharmacology

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
HP 197Medical Coding Practicum

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:2

Graduation Requirements

  1. Minimum of 45 total semester credit hours as outlined
  2. Grade of B in HP 140 Medical Terminology
  3. Grade of C or better in all other core courses and LS 265
  4. 2 cornerstone religion courses


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